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Safelink: Free Cell Phone and Cell Phone Service


Even better than a prepaid cell phone is a free cell phone and free cell phone service. Through the SafeLink wireless program, eligible participants can receive not only a free cell phone, but free airtime each month. There’s only one catch, you must be income-eligible to participate in the SafeLink free cell phone program.

Currently SafeLink is available in the following 27 states:

Alabama
Connecticut
DC
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Nevada
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia and
Wisconsin

If you live in one of the above states, visit the SafeLink wireless site and enter your zip code to see if it’s available in your area. Folks who already participate in certain government programs such as Family Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Veteran’s Disability Pension and a few other programs are eligible to participate in the SafeLink program.

Qualifying the Safelink Free Cell Phone Program

Those who don’t participate in the above programs but have a total household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Level can qualify. Checkout the Federal Poverty Guidelines to see if you qualify.

Qualifying is just half of the application process. You must be able to prove you qualify by providing information such as

  • A Medicaid Statement,
  • 4 months of consecutive pay stubs,
  • Last year’s income tax returns
  • Employer W-2 form
  • Supplemental Security Income Statement
  • A document that contains your program ID

Each state may have different application requirements so it’s best to visit the website at SafelinkWireless.com for your state’s particulars. It’s worth a try. After all, why pay for a cell phone and cell phone service if you are entitled to get it for free?

If you don’t qualify for a free phone through the Safelink Wireless program, you might qualify for other free or discounted phone service through the LifeLine/Link Up program.


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