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SafetyNet Wireless Free Smartphone Lifeline/ACP Plans

According to their website, SafetyNet Wireless offers not only Lifeline wireless plans but they participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and as a result, can offer the additional benefits afforded by both programs. The interesting thing about it is their website clearly outlines the Lifeline programs they offer. However, one has a search hard and deep to find out how they comply with the Affordable Connectivity Program.

ACP Participation

They do list the terms and conditions of the Affordability Connectivity Program but what is difficult to find on their site is how they comply with it and what they offer to their customers.

States of SafetyNet Wireless Operation

It is easy to see from their website that they operate in the following states:

And in those states, these are the Lifeline monthly plans they offer:

California Lifeline

  • Unlimited Talk/Text and 4.5GB Data - $0
  • Unlimited Talk/Text and 6GB Data - $0*
  • Unlimited Talk/Text and 12GB Data - $25

*Plan available after 90 days of Lifeline service with SafetyNet Wireless

Oklahoma Tribal:

  • Unlimited Talk/Text and 4.5GB Data - $0
  • Unlimited Talk/Text and 5GB Data - $1
  • Unlimited Talk/Text and 5.5GB Data - $5

Kentucky Lifeline

  • Unlimited Talk/Text and 1GB Data - $0
    $25 Activation Fee

  • Unlimited Talk/Text 4.5GB Data - $9
    $25 Activation Fee

Wisconsin Lifeline

  • 400 Talk Unlimited Text and 100MB Data
    Activation Fee $25

  • 350 Talk, Unlimited Data and 4.5GB Data
    $25 Activation Fee

Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado, New York, Missouri, and Non-Tribal Oklahoma

  • 1,000 Talk Unlimited Text and 25MB Data - $0
    Activation fee: $25

  • 350 Talk unlimited text 4.5 GB Data - $15
    Activation Fee $25

In addition to their lifeline plans, they do have a prepaid program. As such, they offer refills in the event you run out of Data or need additional talk time. Since all of the programs include unlimited texting, there should not be a need to pay for additional texting.

If you do find the need to refill your plan, the schedule of refills are listed below:


  • 1 GB - $9.99
  • 2GB - $18.99
  • 100 Talk or 300 Text - $4
  • 250 Talk or 750 Text - $8
  • 400 Talk or 1200 Text - $11
  • 1000 Talk or 3000 Txt - $19
  • Qualifying for the Lifeline Plans

    To qualify for the SafetyNet Wireless plan you must be enrolled in the Lifeline and/or the Affordable Connectivity Programs. To enroll, you must meet at least one of the outline requirements below:

    1. Household Income: For Lifeline, you must have a household income of 135% or below of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For ACP benefits, the household income requirement is 200% or below of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or,

    2. Participate in at least one of the following government assistance programs:
      • CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
      • Healthy Families Category A
      • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
      • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
      • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
      • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
      • National School Lunch Program (NSL)
      • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
      • also called: (CalWORKS, StanWORKS, WTW, GAIN)
      • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
      • Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
      • Welfare-to-Work (WTW)Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
      • Tribal TANF
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
      • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
      • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
      • Veterans & Survivor Benefits

    Sign Up with Lifeline

    If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to sign up with SafetyNet Wireless to receive a free smartphone along with wireless service, you must first enroll in the Lifeline program. To do so, visit the National Verifier website to apply for Lifeline benefits. You will need to have the necessary current documentation to prove that you are eligible for the program. After you’ve completed your application and have been approved, the next step is to apply for service on the SafetyNet Wireless site.

    Applying for SafetyNet Wireless Service

    When you go to sign up with SafetyNet Wireless the one thing you will note is they make sure to explain that your identification must match exactly the information you put on your application. If it does not, your application will not be approved.


    Once your application along with the necessary documentation has been approved, you'll receive your free phone and minutes in according to the plan that you selected.

    If SafetyNet Wireless offers additional benefits as a result of the ACP program, it's difficult to find the information on their site. You probably need to contact a customer service representative to request the additional ACP benefit.

    Things to Note

    There are other wireless companies offering Lifeline and ACP benefits that do not include a $25 activation fee. Do your homework. We list several phone companies on this website that provide free service in your state. Make sure you choose the wireless provider that works best for you.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This site was created to help people find information about free government phones. The ower of this site does not mail, activate or repair free government phones nor provide phone service. If you have questions about phone service it is suggested that you contact the phone service provider directly.

    Last Modified: 17 January 2023

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