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Free Cell Phones During Difficult Times

Updated on October 10, 2012

Let's Face It

For many in America, and even the world, we are facing difficult times. Families are cutting corners in their finances to meet even the basic needs such as housing, food, clothing and yes, cell phones.

The situation in America as it stands now, will be this way for quite some time. Every penny, in even middle class and upper class families must be accounted for.

The frivolous are in denial. It's a time to "buckle belts" and use wisdom whenever and wherever needed. The availability of free cell phones is a place where a difference can be made. There are several companies "on the market" and by now, you need to know the offers are not scams. There are, in fact, a way money can be saved and help is available if you qualify.

Don't Be Fooled

When I first became aware of these free cells phones, I immediately assumed they were for the very impoverished. They were only for people who were on public assistance or those who were disabled. I dismissed the fact that many people; working people, are trying to find ways to reduce their expenses. Many people also will not let their dignity or pride allow them to even consider what was sometimes seen, in those days of the great depression, as "charity". Some see it as a "hand out" or succumbing to the rolls of "welfare."

These stigmas are not only unfair, they are untrue. It is sad that many people would rather starve than get temporary help. To add insult to injury, they scorn and "look down their noses" at those who do. Not every family represents a lazy father or a "get over" schemer who wants the government to support them.

I think many would attest to the fact that we are looking twice, no, three times at our paychecks and wondering "how am I going to divide all the bills by this one sum?" So many people are looking for second jobs, even though thousands do not even have one job. Therefore, in my humble opinion, a way to save on a cell phone, which is not a luxury but a necessity, deems a few minutes of your attention.

Some Facts

You may qualify for a free cell phone. Perhaps it's just temporary. I know you like that "top of the line" cell phone that does everything except flip your eggs and serve them with crisp bacon. However, if you are really looking to save money, this is definitely a way. Safelink Wireless is one of these companies. You may qualify by your income, if your level is below their guidelines. You only need to check the chart. I

f you are on a program such as Food Stamps you will qualify. I've seen people with Gucci bags paying for groceries with a benefit card. Please, do not judge. Perhaps that bag was given to them by a loving aunt. Perhaps it was purchased during better times, and keeping it reminds her that better days will be here again. Anyway, there is no specific case scenario for qualification.

Also, if a person is on Medicaid, they automatically qualify and the phone is absolutely free. You get free minutes each month for local and long distance calls and also free texting (one minute per). You can also use it for international calls, but check the fine print on that topic. There are other conveniences such as alarm, calendar, vibe, and your available minutes are indicated on the screen so you can keep track. There's free 911 and 411 directory assistance.

They offer LG, Motorola and Samsung and you can choose either 68, 125 or 250 minutes with varying options. With the 250 minutes, you lose any unused minutes on the first of the next month. You may also qualify if you have Supplemental SSI or Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8.

It's Up To You

To get more detailed information you can contact and apply on the internet or call 1-800-723-3546. Once you give all the necessary information and provide any necessary proof for validation, you'll receive your phone in the mail.

One note, please be patient when awaiting your phone. Perhaps it's the volume of people requesting or all the recent storms, or any number of other reasons for delay in delivering, but it might take about three weeks to receive your phone.

You might miss your elite phone for a little while, but I think saving about $100-200 per phone is a cause for a deep sigh of relief. Even if it's that special $50.00 per month plan, multiply that by 12 months. Case closed. I know you can find several other different ways to spend that same money.

I believe times will get better and the economy will rebound. It will take a long time, and I have my own personal beliefs as to why it will take some serious time and why Americans are going to have to change their way of thinking and doing things.

In any case, there is help if you know where to find it. Safelink is not the only company, so do your homework and find what is a good fit for you.

May God bless and keep you during these difficult times.


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      Barbara 6 years ago from Queens

      Sherri@NBIM, I am glad to be of assistance. It is a blessing to have one esp. when you're in the streets and need to contact family!

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Queens

      Thank you for your sage advice helped greatly!

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      Sherri@NBIM 6 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I've been trying to get one of these phones for-ever. I appreciate your thorough info on this.


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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great information. I know it will help a lot of people.