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Free Government Phone Service

Updated on September 13, 2012

In order to qualify for free government phone service, you must already qualifying or be receiving other public assistant programs such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), National Free School Lunch, or Federal Housing/Section 8 Assistance. If you are not in any of those programs, they you would have to qualify based on your household gross monthly income.

The amount of free airtime minutes depends on the state that you live. Generally it comes out to around 60 minutes. Unused minutes carry over to the next month. TracFone will provide you a free cell phone and do not have to return it even though you cancel the program. Every year you will have to establish your eligibility for free government phone service. If your household gross income goes above the eligibility requirements then you can not sign up for free phone service. Visit Safelink Wireless to fill out their application and verification forms online. You should be getting your free phone soon if everything checks out.

Everyone has a phone whether it is a cell phone or a landline phone. You just can not seem to be able to live without it unless you plan on cutting yourself off from the world. Many low income families can not afford phone service. Just paying their rent, food, and other basic necessities would tax their income. Having phone service would seem like the last thing on their list of things to have.

Living without phone service can be problematic and sometimes dangerous. For example, when you are applying for a job, companies usually ask for your phone number so that they can reach you. Without a phone number, they would not be able to contact you regarding whether or not to hire you. Another example of how important phones are is when you need to make an emergency call. You may be having a heart attack and need to call the ambulance. These are just some examples of why having a phone is so important.

In order to help people that are not able to pay for phone service, the government has supported a program which gives people free government phone service. The purpose of this program allows needy people to get free phone service. TracFone Wireless runs the Safelink Wireless program where they give a free cell phone with free airtime minutes to people.

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      ernest 3 years ago

      i been trying to get my my service days for another year but it would'nt let i need my service days and minute back i can't call my dr and my drive to get to the dr please help get it back just renew it u should have on files of my proofs

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      shellywarren 4 years ago

      i would like to.know how can i git a free phone.i cant affored to git one.and i need one taely bad.p,s plazy hlep me git one.thinks shelly warren.

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      randy 5 years ago

      Hey I lost mine how do I get another and keep da same number

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      I lost my phone which was free to me how can i replace it

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      MARY COle  6 years ago

      i have a free verizon phone that use to give me reguLAR MINT. BUT WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO REVERIFICTION FOR THE YEAR I WAS UNABLe to reverify my phone i have a moter roter verizon unLESS THEY GOT READ OF THAT KIND OF PHONE? sndhllw@aol.com

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      Charles Trueheart 6 years ago

      Can A Household get more then one cell phone ?

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      Lorraine E Pipkins 6 years ago

      I have lost my free government fone and don't know how to receive another one.. I would like to receive another one as soon as possible. Thank you very much. Lorraine E Pipkins

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      misty 6 years ago

      fuck those government phones they tapped and you use it to much they cut it off but it suppose to be unlimited and im from oklahoma havent had this phone a month im going back to boost mobile boost is the best shouldnt of never left them so fuck truewireless they not what they say they are so dont fall for the bs

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      ROBERT3716 6 years ago

      I REALLY NEED THIS SERVICE TO BE ABLE TO PROCURE WORK AND SURVIVE IN TODAYS WORLD.

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      BRANDIMOORE 6 years ago

      YES GIRL YOU CAN GET A FREE PHONE JUST GO TO SAFELINK AN THEY WILL HELP YOU BECAUSE I JUST GOT ONE AS LONG AS YOU GET SOMETHING FROM THE STATE THEY WILL HELP YOU OK SO GET STARTED RIGHT NOW OK THIS PHONE HELP YOU WHEN YOU NEED HELP FROM A FAMILY MEMBERS GIVE IT A TRY IT CANT HURT.

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      BrandiMoore 6 years ago

      I am a single mom on welfare how do I appy for a free goverment phone?

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      mandy alvin 6 years ago

      My phone was stolen, what do i do.

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      miterson 6 years ago

      Hi im miterson im in the sixgrade and i want to now if i can get a free phone

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      miterson 6 years ago

      i need a cell phone plase

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      GEORGE WATSON 6 years ago

      PLEASE TELL ME HOW CAN I CAN GET MORE AIRTIME MIUNT

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      regina head 6 years ago

      you sent me a broke phone 1-18-11 it only work when it is puged in the wall it could be the battery or the charger. need help who do i contact.

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      Greg Thomas 6 years ago

      How can I download the applications for thses free phone programs. Send answer to my e-mail address gregthomas5872@yahoo.com

      Thank you

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      timespace5115 6 years ago

      Yes HI I am having problems with the cell phone that safelink sent me. Cal I apply for another phone from differend govermental phone sdervice?...By the way all safelink can say is.: "should be working right." The phone service I want to apply for is reach out wireless. I mean can u have two phones..Thanks

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      Sylvia Stinson 6 years ago

      I need to verify my safelink benefits. Message on phone. Need to verify

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      joanne leavesseur 6 years ago

      I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I CAN QUALIFY FOR A GOVERMENT FHONE

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      patsylarsen 6 years ago

      my account is to get a phone my enrollment 5331046

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      anner 6 years ago

      I am trying to get my father a phone thay wont let me because he dont have a street name as thay say .its miller why is it he cant get one.I think thays very sad .

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      LOLA D LONG 6 years ago

      LOST MY PHONE

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      larhonda robinson 6 years ago

      the free gov phone is a grreat phone for people like me who really cant afford a contract phone so go ahead and try i gaurantee u will like

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      donald estep 6 years ago

      i lost my phone . how do i get it replaced

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      Russell E Sykes 6 years ago

      How do I get a phone? My previous phone got broken.

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      jamie  6 years ago

      i signed up about 9 or 10 months ago and never recieved my phone

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      shawn cottrell 7 years ago

      Without a cell phone my family is not able to keep in touch this is important to us.

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      skoe 7 years ago

      My phone got stolen what should or could I do? Or am I just without a phone?

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      donna evans 7 years ago

      i need mimite to mine gov. phone for 2011 and the one i have will not work all the time the bottoms on it 217 2500 is the number my sister number is 937 549 4708

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      Reba 7 years ago

      How do you get the phone

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      Christina 7 years ago

      I have a prepaid verizon phone and i got the monthly plan on it and i am not able to put $75 on it every month is there any way verizon can help prepaid customer i really need this phone

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      cindy melott 7 years ago

      i heard about free cell through the goverment but can't find how to do it. I am on disability . my husband works but is going to have to get on it also. his liver is swelled as big as a 12 month preg. woman and he can't walk without a cane. he also has back problems. but right now he makes 2,161.44 every 2 weeks. I get 718.00 I have a lot of medical bills. will I be elgible

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      carmen iris ramos 7 years ago

      por las noticias y el peridico y las personas que llamaron me contaron

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      Penni Davis 7 years ago

      How can I get a phone?

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      alexis gitcho 7 years ago

      I have a cell phone from the government for being on food stamps, but they have not added my minutes for this month(August).

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      Catherine Roberto 7 years ago

      Where can I find the application for the free government phone. It is for an older woman who really needs all the help she can get and I am trying to help her. Please respond to.Mibuddy@verizon.net

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      JUDY SIENNA 7 years ago

      CAN I GET ANOTHER MODEL PHONE ?

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      Linda L Reed 7 years ago

      tell me how

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      rosa vereen 7 years ago

      i want to know how do i go about getting service i have a land line phone but the bill is just to high for me to pay,maybe you can help

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      paulette dandridge 7 years ago

      how lond will take to get my phone

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      margaret 7 years ago

      my phone went off and i wanted to add some minutes how would i go about getting that done