SafeLink Wireless Lifeline Plan
SafeLink Wireless was created by the folks at TracFone, purportedly the largest “no-contract” cell service provider. The purpose of SafeLink Wireless is to provide free wireless phone service, talk minutes, texting and data to qualifying households as part of the Lifeline program.
As one of the largest Lifeline providers, SafeLink Wireless currently offers (as of June 2019) service in the following 44 states:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Although it's an impressive listing of states, SafeLink isn't available in all U.S. states. If they're not available in your state, go to our State Listing page to find wireless providers in your area.
What SafeLink Wireless Offers
Qualified candidates will receive a free smartphone that has the most frequently used features such as caller ID, three-way calling, text messaging, voicemail and 911 access. In addition to the free phone, SafeLink provides free airtime units, unlimited texting and data plans. The website mentions that plans vary by state. However, I checked a handful of states and found that there were basically two plans offered as follows:
The beauty of the plan is you can always purchase additional airtime from your cell phone if you find that you need more than 350 or 1,000 talk minutes per month are not enough. Safelink has several online tutorials, one of which explains how to purchase airtime if needed.
Qualifying for the SafeLink Wireless Program
Although the requirements vary by state, in general, if you participate in any of the following government-sponsored public assistance programs you're eligible:
You may also qualify if your state offers the following programs Tribal programs:
In addition to the programs previously mentioned, California residents may also qualify if they participate in any of the following government assistance programs:
If you meet the qualification criterion, the next step is to get all of your documentation in order and apply.
How to Apply for SafeLink Lifeline
If you live in one of the states that participate in the National Verification process, go to CheckLifeline.org and start your application. Once you're approved by the National Verifier, you can then go to the SafeLink Wireless website, insert your zip code and click Start.
If your state does not yet participate in the National Verification program, you can go directly to SafeLink Wireless and begin your application.
As you’re filling out the application form online, you’ll see a box for a promo code. If you don’t have one, do a quick Google search for promo codes. By using the code you can get additional airtime.
Annual Verification of Eligibility
You are required to verify annually to prove that you’re still eligible for the SafeLink Wireless Lifeline program (aka recertification). The proof can be anything from a sworn statement or physical proof of income. Lastly, if you decide that you no longer want to participate in the SafeLink Lifeline program, you get to keep the phone.
Things to know:
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Last Modified: 7 June 2021
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