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SafeLink Free Cell Phone & Service: Available For Low Income Families, Disabled & Seniors

Updated on October 23, 2018

Free Cell Phones For Low Income Families, Elderly, Disabled.

If this bad economy has reaped havoc on your income and your life, having to worry about keeping telephone service could be one less thing (and bill) you have to stress over. There is a government supported free cell phone program that you might be eligible for. It also provides free monthly minutes in addition to the free cell phone. Times are hard for people from all walks of life. Many people are in financial straits for reasons beyond their control. People who’ve lost their job in this terrible economy make up only a small segment of the population that have been hit hard. Elderly citizens on a fixed income, disabled persons, a single parent abandoned by a spouse, widowed persons, and people recovering from a devastating health crisis are just a few examples of the kind of people who may need assistance. We all need a means to call for help in emergency situations, especially the defenseless and women who are alone.

SafeLink provides free phones for low income families and free cell phone service low income families.
SafeLink provides free phones for low income families and free cell phone service low income families.

The program that provides free phones for low income families is called SafeLink. Again, this is a government supported free cell phone program. Not only is it for low income families, but also provides free cell phone service for disabled persons, and the elderly. It was created by TracFone who pays for the cell phones and for the cost for promoting it’s SafeLink program to consumers. No tax dollars are used to pay for the phones. The program is funded by the telecommunications companies. SafeLink has over 2 million customers in the program. It is currently available in 31 states.

You can apply for a free cell phone and free monthly minutes at or call 1-800-SAFELINK No tax dollars are paid for the phones and the program is funded by the telecommunications companies.
You can apply for a free cell phone and free monthly minutes at or call 1-800-SAFELINK No tax dollars are paid for the phones and the program is funded by the telecommunications companies.

Basic Qualifications To Get A Free Cell Phone w/ Monthly Minutes.

  1. You must live in a state that participates in the program.
  2. Your total household income is at or below the poverty guidelines set by your state and/or the federal government. If you’re already in a state or federal assistance program you probably qualify for SafeLink.
  3. You must not already have someone in your household currently getting Lifeline service through another telephone carrier.
  4. You must have a valid U.S. Postal address. In order for the free phone to be shipped, you must live at a residence. No P.O. Boxes can be accepted.

Free phones for low income families and free phone service for low income families is not a scam. As seen on t.v., it is a federally funded, government supported free cell phone program. 

The SafeLink Free Cell Phone Program Is Not A Scam.

Here's only one of many televised media investigations into the free cell phone program. They found the SafeLink program to be both true and legitimate.

To Apply, Go To or Call 1-800-SAFELINK

Exact benefits vary from state to state but a basic list of benefits you can expect are:

  • A free cell phone
  • Free monthly minutes
  • No Bills
  • No Contracts but Must re-qualify each year
  • Wireless Cell Phone Service At No Cost
  • Free Features: Caller ID, Call Waiting, Voicemail
  • Text Messages (for a small cost)
  • Unused minutes rollover to the next month
  • Additional talk time can be added
  • Technical service and support
  • 911 calls are free
  • The phone is yours to keep when you no longer need to be on the program


SafeLink is currently available in these 31 states. (12/1/10)

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina

*** A Basic Guideline To Help Determine Eligibility.

Number of Person in Household
Total Annual Income
Total Monthly Income

*** If your total family income falls within this guide (at the amount shown or less), you may be eligible to get a free cell phone with free monthly minutes.

You can learn more about the SafeLink free cell phone program by calling 1-800-SAFELINK or visiting You can enroll over the phone or through the website.

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Comments about free cell phone & SafeLink.

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    8 years ago

    I live on the $560.00 a month I get for being a disabled vet and Safelink disapproved my application for unknown reasons. So good luck to all who apply.

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    Fotinoula Gypsyy 

    8 years ago from NYC BABY

    Great article. I have to do things like this at my job for our clients so this article is very informative and can help a lot of people. Thanks for sharing.

  • NoRR4Me profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    Annaarmstrong, read the info on this page for details, but you actually apply on their website, or by calling their toll free phone number.

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    9 years ago

    how do i get a free cell phone?

  • NoRR4Me profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    Thanks for your comments Imcur, Harry, 361, and Rex.

    Rex, I agree that the program can be better managed. Just like any other gov't program, there will be some bad apples bent on abusing it. However, I'm glad it's available to help the people who really are in need.

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    9 years ago

    I can attest this is not a scam, follow the online application, if you qualify according to the criteria, no other responsibility, may get an online message to verify annual service. Takes 5-10 business days, usually 5 days. That's all there is to it.

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    9 years ago

    I am glad there are still big companies that are doing such great deeds and has compassion for the people. Kudos!

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    10 years ago


  • NoRR4Me profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    Hello Kerry, thank you for your comment. Yes, this is good news for those in need. Lots of families and individuals are struggling financially in this economy so every bit helps.

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    10 years ago

    What a wonderful idea, thanks for this information.

    Have a terrific day!


  • NoRR4Me profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    Hello Steve, thank you for your comment and thanks for bookmarking. I looking forward to reading your hubs.

  • SteveoMc profile image


    10 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    I followed you here from the Answer feature. Good information, I am glad to have it. Will bookmark for future use.

  • NoRR4Me profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    Thank you very much for your comments John.

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    John C. Evenstar 

    10 years ago from Portland

    Very informative and useful. Great article.


  • NoRR4Me profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    Hello Sandy. Someone asked a question about a free cell phone program. I decided to answer by doing a hub about the SafeLink free cell phone program. It's good to know that people in need have this program available.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    I seen this on TV. Nice information.


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