How to Add Minutes to Free Government Phones

Do you need to know how to add minutes to your Reachout Wireless, Safelink, or Assurance Wireless phones?  We can help!  If you have a free government phone, you need to know how.

For those who don’t use their government phone much, they don’t need to add minutes.  Others who use their phones for business or have kids will have to buy more air time.  Below are links that will help you add air time to the three major phones.

Click on the link to your phone provider, to find out how to purchase and add time.  Like with ever purchase your make, do you research and check of online reviews for the phone provider you are considering.

Lifeline Assistance

The Lifeline Assistance Program was designed to help low-income, elderly and working consumers have access to affordable cellular phone service. Lifeline works with the government and wireless companies, to provide free cell phone service to low-income families. Each qualified applicant receives a free cell phone and free minutes.

Lifeline cell phone providers are offering more and more minutes in promotions and other specials.  Safelink is offering unlimited texts 500 and Free Minutes for the First 4 Months.  Then 350 minutes and unlimited text after 4 months.  If you are a new customer, look for the phone company offering the most minutes.

How to Add Minutes to a Safelink Wireless Phone

Safelink is one of the top Lifeline providers offering government phones and service.  It is, however, kind of difficult to reach their customer service.   To add airtime to your Safelink phone, enter the key “Menu,” which will take you to the “Prepaid” menu and press.


Next “Select which will take you to “Add Airtime.”  Follow the promptings add your card number and pin which will be found on the back of the card.  If you have a special promotional code add that; if not click no.  If you have any problems with this process. [more]

How to Add Minutes a ReachOut Wireless Phone

Reachout is another well-known phone company in the free phone program.  When looking for upgrades or smartphones there is a number of choices available to consumers. The allotted time for the ReachOut phone is 250 minutes.  That’s a little over 4 hours.

Do you realize how easy it is to talk a half hour or hour on the phone?  That is why they offer their customers a variety of plans and ways to get the most out of your phone. Don’t be intimidated by the process.  It is very easy to do. [more]

How to Add Minutes to Assurance Wireless Phones

Adding time to your Assurance phone is simple.  You can purchase a Virgin Mobile Top-Up card in most supermarkets, drug stores, department and phone shops.  The plan includes 350 minutes a month and unlimited text messaging.  After an initial 500 minutes for new clients. If you want to add more time, pay $5 to get a total of 500 minutes a month. [more]

How to Add Minutes to Budget Mobile Phones

Budget Mobile is one of the top government phone providers in the Lifeline program, which covers 30 US states and territories.   You can easily add more minutes to your Budget phone in minutes by going online to their website.

Unlike other providers, there is no need to enter a pin or card number. Once your minutes are purchased, they are immediately applied to your cell phone.  You can purchase 100, 250 or 400 talk minutes, and up to 4,000 text minutes.  [more]




4 thoughts on “How to Add Minutes to Free Government Phones

  1. Sena Black

    I want to add minutes to my sister’s Gov’t phone as she is in the hospital & I do not want to loose my connection with her. Is it possible to do this on line as a third party?

    1. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

      You did not say which phone she has, but if you know here provider, on to their website and type in “add minutes” in the search box. If you need help, call the company they can help you. If you purchased a minutes card, direction will be on the back of the card.

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