How to Qualify for SafeLink Free Wireless Cell Phone Service

By Cellina LaForey

SafeLink is a free cell phone service provided by TracFone Wireless in conjunction with the federal Lifeline program. The Lifeline program was created to help low-income homes obtain discounted phone service. Lifeline is not new program as some may think. It was created during the Reagan Administration and applied to land lines. When TracFone was approved to offer LifeLine services for low-income individuals, rather than provide land line services, its used its subsidy to provide free airtime minutes instead. Doing so makes the SafeLink free cell phone service a win-win for both the customers and TracFone. Here’s how to qualify for SafeLink free wireless cell phone service.

Step 1

Reside in one of the areas in which SafeLink is available. SafeLink is available in Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. New locations are added periodically so if your area is not listed, check the SafeLink website to see whether it’s been added.

Step 2

Meet the income requirements. In addition to making sure the SafeLink free wireless program is offered in your area, your household income can be no higher than 135% of the federal poverty level. To find out current U.S. poverty levels visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Step 3

Receive government assistance. If you already receive assistance from your state government or the federal government, such as food stamps, public housing or Medicaid, there’s a good chance you qualify for SafeLink free wireless service.

Step 4

Refrain from enrolling in another LifeLine program. If you are currently receiving assistance from another LifeLine program such as a land line program that offers discounted service, you cannot enroll and will not be eligible for the SafeLink free wireless program.

Step 5

Maintain a valid address. A valid address means a valid street address where your SafeLink wireless phone can be shipped. SafeLink does not consider P.O. boxes a valid address.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you have met the conditions to qualify, visit the SafeLink site to apply. Be prepared-you will have to provide backup documentation to prove you are qualified. The SafeLink specialists will explain which documents are needed.