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FeelSafe Wireless Lifeline Plans

FeelSafe Wireless is a phone company that participates in the federal Lifeline program. As a participant, they’re able to provide free government phones to eligible low-income households. Currently, FeelSafe is offering service to people who live in the following 9 states:

California, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin

As FeelSafe is continually looking to broaden its reach to offer service to households in other states, if your state isn’t currently listed, check back at a later date. However, if time is of the essence, and you need a phone now, check out our State Listing [insert link] to find a current free phone provider in your state.

What FeelSafe Offers

With the FeelSafe Lifeline plan, you’ll get 1,000 talk minutes, 500 texts and 500 MB of data. There are two exceptions, however. For individuals living on Tribal land in Oklahoma, the plan offers unlimited talk, unlimited text and 3.5GB of data.

In California, there are two plan options:

  • Unlimited talk and text each month, or
  • Unlimited talk and text & MMS, 2GB of data and 100 international SMS.

For informational purposes:
SMS - Short Message Service
MMS - Multimedia Messaging Service

All plans in each state include 3-way calling, voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding, call waiting and free calls to customer service.

Purchasing Additional Talk/Text/Data (Top Up)

Receiving free talk, text and data is great, but there is a possibility that you’ll need more time or data. If so, you can purchase additional time/data on an as-needed basis. To get a better understanding of how much time to purchase, listed below is the per unit cost for using the phone.

Talk: $.10 per minute
Text: $.10 per minute
MMS: $.10 per minute
Data: $.025 per MB

With the above information in mind, Top Ups are available starting as low as $5 to as much as $50. The available Top Up increments are $5, $10, $20, $30 and $50. So for example, if you purchase a Top Up of $5, that would give you 50 minutes of talk time or 50 SMS messages or 50 MMS messages or 200 MB of data. Of course, you’ll probably mix and mingle and have something like 20 talk minutes plus 10 SMS messages and 10 SMS messages and 40 MB of data, depending on your usage.

How to Qualify for FeelSafe Wireless Lifeline

To qualify your household income must be at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Or, you or someone in your household participates in one of the following government assistance programs:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps/Food Assistance)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension

Residents Living on Tribal Land: In addition to the above programs, those living on tribal land may be eligible if you participate in any of the following programs:

  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Tribal Head Start (Only Households that have already met the income-qualifying standard)
  • Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Additional Qualifying Programs for California Residents

  • Calfresh, food stamps, or supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid/Medi-cal
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • National School Free Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • California work opportunity and responsibility to kids (CALIWORKS)
  • Stanislaus County work opportunity and responsibility to kids (STANWORKS)
  • Welfare-To-Work (WTW)
  • Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
  • Low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP)
  • Women, infants and children (WIC)
  • Tribal TANF
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only) Proof or participation or household income is required to get service. In order to maintain your LifeLine Service, you must verify your enrollment information annually.

Please note - the California Lifeline income limits may differ from the 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines requirement. Check with your state.

How to Apply for Lifeline with FeelSafe

With the rollout of the National Verification program, you should check to see if your state is a participant. If so, you can start the process by visiting CheckLifeline.org. Once approved you can then use any of the following methods to apply for Lifeline benefits.

  1. Go to the FeelSafe website and apply online

  2. Call a FeelSafe a customer service representative (1-877-247-779) to assist you through the application process.

  3. Download and print the application and submit the information through the mail (Applications are available on the FeelSafe website). Make sure to include proof that you participate in the qualifying government assistance program. Please do not mail original documents. Always mail copies.

  4. For residents in the states subject to the National Verification Program (Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi and Pennsylvania) you can begin your application by visiting CheckLifeline.org. Once approved, you have 90 days to select a Lifeline provider. If FeelSafe is your preferred provider, contact them to finish the process.

Lifeline Tips

  1. Lifeline benefits are not transferrable.

  2. Only one free government phone per household

  3. You must use your phone at least once every 30 days or run the risk of being de-enrolled.

  4. You must recertify annually to ensure you still meet the qualification criteria.

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Last Modified: 17 July 2019

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