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.
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.
Safelink - Program Availability
Currently, SafeLink Wireless services over 40 states. However, if SafeLink Wireless isn't currently available in your state, click the State Listing link from the menu above to find a program in your state.
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:
If you meet the qualification criterion, the next step is to get all of your documentation in order. By having it on hand, it will make the application process go smoothly. Once you have the necessary documentation go to the Safelink Wireless website, insert your zip code and click Start.
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 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 program, you get to keep the phone. You can continue to purchase airtime and use it as you had before. The only difference is that you won’t get free airtime.
Things to know:
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Last Modified: 21 May 2019
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