Safelink Wireless – Free Government Cell Phones

By | December 12, 2017

SafeLink Wireless is a free government cell phone provider offering free, and affordable cell phones for, low-income families, and individuals, who qualify financially.  Many who are disabled, have lost their jobs, and work low-wage jobs, now have access to the important resources phone providers.  Many in the United State is no thriving. A surprising number of families with two adults working,  still need some type of government assistance, to survive.  Safelink Wireless is a government benefit that helps low-income consumers.  These no-contract phones are funded by the FCC and the Lifeline.

Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services… (more)

The Working Poor

‘Working poverty’ is a very real thing in America it was first acknowledged during the progressive era of the 1890-1920s. People like Robert Hunter, Jane Addams, and W.E.B. Du Bois saw that one of the causes of the working poor, is society’s unequal opportunity structure, lack of proper education, systems such as zoning and other structures that foster poverty. 

So the working poor is not a new thing.  The Lifeline Assistance program facilitates the program. Those who qualify can receive either free residential phone service or a cell phone plan.  Through this same program, families are eligible for the discount Internet.  There have been many changes to the program and companies are now giving more minutes and text options.

How to Qualify for a Safelink Wireless Cell Phone

Having a job does not disqualify you from receiving Lifeline Assistance.  Many hard-working people are eligible for a subsidy when the gross household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Government Poverty Standards.  You may also qualify if you receive help from most federal agencies.   (Do you qualify?)  If you meet these standards, you should apply. The poverty standard varies from state to state.  Find out about Smartphone upgrades below.

You are Eligible if you are Receive

  • WIC
  • Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Work First
  • SNAPs/Food Stamps
  • Crisis Intervention Program
  • Low Income Energy Program
  • National Free lunch program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

To determine if you qualify, go the SafeLink website, and enter your zip code. Click to find out if the program is available in your state.  If it is in your state, download, an application, or apply online.  The company will contact you if your application is accepted.  CLICK HERE to find out How to Upgrade to a Smartphone

  • Call Waiting
  • Text Messaging
  • Long Distance
  • International
  • Voice Mail
  • Charger

Safelink Wireless Free Cell Phone Providers

If you qualify for a government phone, you will receive up to 500 minutes monthly. Yearly re-certification is required to continue to receive service.  There are no bills, contracts, credit check or hidden charges. Safelink is one of the first major phone companies enrolling consumers in this government-subsidized program. The Lifeline Assistance program covers every state in the United States, and new providers are popping up every day.

Adding Minutes

You can purchase extra airtime by purchasing a TracFone product. They’re sold at locations, such as Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, Target, CVS and many other places. Or you can also purchase more airtime online 24/7, at Tracfone or, Call: 1-800-381-684 24/7.


Safelink, is now giving 500 free minutes for the first 3 months. This offer is extended to new subscribers, and returning subscribers de-enrolled over 90 days.  After 3 months your service will be 250 minutes and 1000 texts.

  • New York, Florida, and Texas receive unlimited texts, and all other states receive 1,000 Texts.
  • After 5 months New York, Florida, and Texas will receive 250 minutes and unlimited texts
  • All other states after 3 months receive the standard 250 Minutes and 1,000 Texts.

CLICK HERE to find out How to Upgrade to a Smartphone

Safelink Wireless 1-800-378-1684 . Apply here
9700 NW 112th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178    

29 thoughts on “Safelink Wireless – Free Government Cell Phones


    I would like to cancel my service with safelink, I don’t remember my login info

  2. Sandra Morgan

    Please may I have a free gov’t cell phone?I had one before but I had no idea that I had to read my email!So it didn’t work.So could you please send me another one?I am on SSI-$733.00/monthly-$335.00rent-bills,food,and only $16.00 in food stamps!

  3. Sandra Morgan

    I need a free cell phone please.I only get SSI 733.00/ 335.00 rent bills and little food.

  4. Sandra Morgan

    I need a free cell phone.I was sent one but I didn’t know my email address was going to tell me what to do to set it up and it was not working-I just didn’t know until it was too late-it never said to read my email.
    My email address is [email protected]
    Please send me another one?I’ll read the email this time I promise.I almost never read my email thats why I didn’t read it.
    Thank you,Sandra Morgan
    P.S.I really need a cell phone and I only get $733.00 a month,$335.00rent and all the other bills,plus I have a gas guzzler,a 1993 Chev Caprice Classic Station Wagon-I’m poor and I can’t afford food.

  5. Eleanor hill

    I have three children under age 18 do they get a phone also? I already have one

  6. Kelly Edwards

    My phone is missing and I’m trying to replace it but don’t know who to talk to about it.
    Can you please help me.
    Thank you for your time and have a nice day

    1. Free Government Phones Post author

      Hello, Janie. Please call your provider and find out which phones are compatible with their service and purchase a new phone on their website or at a store.

  7. Abby McIntosh

    I need my phone replaced I don’t know how to go about doing it

    1. Free Government Phones Post author

      Hello, Abby. To have your phone replaced, contact your provider to find out their policy and if there is a fee to replace your phone. Good luck.

  8. Sherilyn gomez

    Lost my phone at ist of month keep rrying to report it but they have yet to send my replacement i need my phone im certified till 2017 my number to phone is 682-208-3567 and my address is 5224 nolan st.fort worth tx 76119. Date of birth feb 17,1956 and last four social is7611 i am perm disabled and need my phone contact me at 8179875832

  9. Raymomd Huseman

    HAD a safe link phone and it broke I can’t charge it anymore the piece to charge it fell out of the phone need a new phone what do I do now?

  10. don fotheringham

    I received a text that I had to recertify my phone, I called the number and a representative told me I would have to take my phone to a reachout store location, which I did, the employee said he had a number of people stop at the store about this and they have nothing to do with the government phones, now what?

    1. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

      Don, all you have to do is to send your current verification of your income, or that you are receiving help from a government agency, You can fax or mail the information. Can you tell me what took place at the store?

  11. Phyllis Wilcoxen

    I cannot make calls on my safe link phone…I keep getting message that says network not available. I called safe link lots and lots of times keep getting answering machine. I need to talk to representative. Cannot get through on phones. Help.

  12. Valerie

    My tracfone phone has a problem when I answer it I can not hear to other person on the phone how can I fix this problem

  13. Lydia alvarez

    I have reachout wireless through life line, can I switch to safelink and keep my number?


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