Free Safelink Phones
Although you may be getting these Safelink phones for free, there are restrictions on these phones. The most obvious restriction is that you only get a certain amount of airtime per month. Every state has set a different amount but usually it's about an hour. This is just enough minutes for people to make emergency calls every month. It is not enough for frivolous uses. If you can save up the minutes each month, then it will carry over to the next. The other restriction is your income. If you happen to make more than the requirements for having these phones then you won't be able to stay in the program any longer. Only after your income drops back down to 135% of the poverty line will you be considered for the program again.
Safelink phone service is offered by Safelink Wireless. If you get accepted into their program, they will give you a free Safelink phone along with the minutes. You can keep the phone even if you decide to discontinue using their service.
A friend has recently fallen on hard times. He has lost his main source of income. There are alot of things that he cannot afford now. He's barely even able to pay for utilities, rent, and food. Since he's in a bad position, he applied to some government run programs like food stamps and housing vouchers. He also applied for a free Safelink phone.
The free Safelink phones program is aimed at helping people who are needy. They have to be living at at or close to the poverty level. Some of these people may include seniors living off of social security, people living on welware, or anybody that are currently getting benefits from other government social programs. These people can use the cell phones for emergency cases. For example, if their car broke down in the middle of the road with nobody around to help, they can use the phone to call for help.