27 6 / 2012
Safelink Wireless, a subsidiary of Tracfone, is America’s largest free government cell phone carrier. Safelink Wireless has given a free cell phone and free cell phone service to over four million Americans in need since they began operation. Safelink Wireless provides a free cell phone and up to 250 free cell phone minutes to eligible applicants.
Safelink’s program may sound too good to be true, but it is! Safelink Wireless customers pay no deposit, no activation fee, no application fee, or any monthly bills. This is one of those rare instances where free means 100% free! Safelink Wireless applicants also don’t need to complete a credit check or sign any long term contracts. How good does that sound?
The Safelink Wireless Program
All Safelink Wireless customers are given a basic cell phone capable of making phone calls and sending and receiving text messages. In addition, customers are allowed to choose from one of three free basic cell phone packages:
- 68 rollover voice minutes a month (80 in Massachusetts). Text messages are charged at 0.333 minutes per sent or received text message. Free limited international long distance.
- 125 rollover voice minutes a month. Text messages are charged at 1 minute per sent or received text message.
- 250 non-rollover voice minutes a month. Text messages are charged at 1 minute per sent or received text message.
Users that require more time are free to purchase optional top up minute cards from Safelink Wireless. Top up minute 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.
Where is Safelink Wireless Offered?
The Safelink Wireless program is currently offered in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. However, Safelink Wireless is aggressively expanding and has plans to introduce service into additional states in the near future. Presently, Safelink Wireless offers service in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Qualifying for Safelink Wireless Service
Qualifying for Safelink Wireless service is simple. To be eligible for Safelink Wireless service, you must either be enrolled in a qualifying government assistance program or your total household income must meet income requirements.
Under government assistance based eligibility you must participate in at least one qualifying government assistance program. These government assistance programs vary by state, but you most likely qualify for service if you are enrolled in 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.
You can also qualify for Safelink Wireless service if your total household income is at or below 135-150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Most states use 135%, but Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas use 150%. Please follow this link to see the 2012 Federal Poverty Guidelines: http://www.govcellphones.com/safelink-wireless/
The last two requirements for qualifying for Safelink Wireless service are that you can not apply from a post office box and only one Lifeline Assistance phone is allowed per household. This means that if you or another member of your household currently receives Lifeline service on a land line or cell phone, you do not qualify for Safelink Wireless service.