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Safelink Wireless Free Cell Phone Service

Get a Free Cell Phone From Safelink Wireless

If you reached our Safelink Wireless page via a search engine, please read the valuable free government cell phone program information we have posted on our main page before reading about Safelink Wireless.  Click here: Free Government Cell Phones

Safelink Wireless is America’s largest and oldest free government cell phone carrier.  Like both Assurance Wireless and Reachout Wireless, Safelink Wireless offers a free cell phone and up to 350 free local and domestic long distance minutes (for the first three months get 500 free minutes) and unlimited text messages each every month to eligible applicants.  And when we say free, we mean absolutely free.  Applicants are not required to pay application fees, activation fees, make payment for the phone, or for the monthly phone service.  Plus, there is no credit check and no annual contract.

Safelink Wireless provides free cell phone service to over 4,000,000 Americans in 31 states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) and they are aggressively expanding into the remaining states.  So odds are pretty good that Safelink Wireless offers free government cell phone service in your state.

Currently, Safelink Wireless offers free cell phones in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  Please visit our Safelink Wireless State Eligibility Criteria page to learn each state’s eligibility guidelines.

Qualifying applicants to the Safelink Wireless program will have the option of choosing from three different free government cell phone plans.  Below is a summary of the three plans currently available from Safelink Wireless.


Free Monthly Minutes Included in Plan

Carryover Minutes Included in Plan*

Charge Per    Text Message

Free International Long Distance

Voicemail Caller ID   Call Waiting


68 (80 in MA)


3 Texts = 1 Min






1 Text = 1 Min






1 Text = 1 Min



Users are free to purchase additional minutes to increase their monthly talk time limits.  Talk time cards can be purchased at CVS, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart, Radio Shack, Rite Aid stores, Target,  Walgreens,  Wal-Mart, and online from Safelink Wireless.

Current Safelink Wireless customers can receive airtime bonuses for referring friends.  So make sure to refer your friends to this site to learn more about Safelink Wireless before they apply.

How Do You Qualify for Safelink Wireless?

In most states, there are two methods to qualify for Safelink Wireless.  The first method to qualify for Safelink Wireless requires that you presently participate in one or more of the following public assistance programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), National Free School Lunch, Federal Housing/Section 8 Assistance, or certain state public assistance programs.  Please check your state’s specific public assistance program qualifying list to determine the exact requirements.

Some states also allow a Safelink Wireless applicant to qualify under household income guidelines.  The exact figures may vary from state to state, but generally households that earn below the federal poverty guidelines and up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible for the Safelink Wireless program.  Please check your state’s requirements to learn more.   Below is a table showing the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Below You will find the 135% figures for the Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2012. In order to calculate the 150% figures for Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas multiple the numbers below by 1.11.

Size of
Family Unit
48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
Alaska Hawaii
1 $15,080 $18,860 $17,361
2 20,426 25,452 23,504
3 25,772 32,225 29,646
4 31,118 38,907 35,789
5 36,464 45,590 41,931
6 41,810 52,272 48,074
7 47,156 58,955 54,216
8 52,502 65,637 60,359
For each additional
person, add
5,346 6,683 6,143

These requirements change from time to time.  So it is best to check with your state’s specific eligibility requirements before applying to the Safelink Wireless program.

The last two requirements for qualifying for a Safelink Wireless free government cell phone is that only one Lifeline Assistance phone is allowed per household.  So if you or a household member currently subscribes to Assurance Wireless, Reachout Wireless, Safelink Wireless, or use a Lifeline Assistance land line, you can not qualify for a free Safelink Wireless cell phone.

The last requirement to obtain a free government cell phone Safelink Wireless is that you must apply from a valid US mailing address.  No post office box may be used in your application form.  Unfortunately, homeless people will have difficulty meeting this requirement.  We advise homeless people to contact Safelink Wireless to see if there is any other way in which they can meet the home residence requirement.

Ready to apply for Safelink Wireless service?  Please visit our Safelink Wireless application section for instructions and links to each state’s application form.

Application Guide

Return to our home page to learn valuable free government cell phone program information and get  step by step instructions for getting a free cell phone from the government by clicking the link below:

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You can apply to Safelink Wireless by visiting their website and filling out an application.  Their contact information is as follows:

9700 N.W. 112th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Enrollment and Plan Changes Support: 1-800-977-3768
Technical Support Only: 1-800-378-1684

9 Responses to Safelink Wireless

  1. LATORRIA PIERSON September 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Im trying to locate customer service to report my phone lost, but i cant get thru to an agent. My cell # is (352)233-0038.

  2. Sallie Farafontoff September 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I do have an assurance phone but I am going to cancel them. The phone is all static-ky I cant go on the network to check or add minutes or anything. I have told them about it and they say the phone is fine. It isn’t fine. My neighbors phone works fine. The phone I had before this one worked fine, until it fell in the pool. I just want to change companies, Is that possible?

  3. patti griffin September 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    i recieved my phone but can,t activate it.will someone please call me at 217-617-6949.

  4. sonia santiago September 7, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I have several serious health issues and receive social security benefits, do I qualify for a free phone??

  5. Erna Baker September 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I applied for a for a month ago. I called to check the status and receive a message that I will receive a letter and the phone in five days. That was two weeks ago. I want to know what do I need to do to talk to someone about not receiving the phone. My confirmation # is 14413921.

  6. Andrea Turner September 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I lost my phone a couple of months ago and was wondering if I can get another.

  7. Andrea Turner September 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I lost my phone and wondering if I can get another.

    • Argelia D. Garcia May 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

      A mi mama se le perdio el telefono que deve aser

  8. Karla May 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Quiero ver si calificó para un celular

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