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Having difficulty making ends meet, but still need a cell phone to stay in touch with potential employers, family members, loved ones, and in case of emergencies?  Well, believe it or not, the government’s Lifeline Assistance program can help you get a free government cell phone and service.  Millions of Americans are enjoying free cell phone service from Safelink Wireless.  This is no scam or joke.  The only catch if that you have to qualify for the program. Read our article below to find out how.

Safelink Wireless, America’s largest government assisted free cell phone carrier, provides free government cell phones and free cell phone service to over four million customers in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and is expanding rapidly into new states.

The Safelink Wireless program is absolutely free.  Customers do not pay application fees, activation fees, for the cost of their cell phones, or any ongoing monthly fees.  When Safelink Wireless says free, they mean 100% absolutely free.  The application process is simple, can be completed in as little as five minutes and there is no credit check required for service.

Successful applicants to Safelink Wireless’ Lifeline cell program receive a free cell phone and up to 250 free cell phone minutes every month for one year.   After one year, Safelink Wireless customers are invited to re-certify their eligibility for the program and if re-certified receive an additional year of service.

In most states, Safelink Wireless customers can choose from three different free cell phone plans:

Plans Free Monthly Minutes Included in Plan Carryover Minutes Included in Plan* Charge Per    Text Message Free International Long Distance Voicemail Caller ID   Call Waiting
1 68 (80 in MA) Yes 3 Texts = 1 Min Yes Yes
2 125 Yes 1 Text = 1 Min No Yes
3 250 No 1 Text = 1 Min No Yes

Customers that require more than 250 free minutes a month can purchase optional top up cards to increase their monthly minutes from CVS, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart, Radio Shack, Rite Aid stores, Target,  Walgreens,  Wal-Mart, and online from Safelink Wireless.

Safelink Wireless currently offers free government cell phone service in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Qualifying For Safelink Wireless Service

Qualifying for Safelink Wireless service is simple.  The Safelink Wireless application can be completed in as little as five to ten minutes.  In most states, there are two ways you can qualify.  The first method for qualifying for service is government assistance based eligibility and the second method is income based eligibility.

Government Assistance Based Eligibility

In all states where Safelink Wireless offers service, you can qualify for the program if you participate in a government assistance program.  While the list of qualifying government assistance programs varies from state to state, you most likely qualify for Safelink Wireless service if you participate in Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or the National Free School Lunch, Federal Housing/Section 8 Assistance.

In most states, if you qualify under government assistance based eligibility, you do not have to provide supporting documentation proving you participate in a qualifying assistance program.  But you must swear under penalty of perjury that you do participate in a qualifying government assistance program.  If you are caught lying on your application, you can face fines and even jail time.

The Federal Communications Commission has begun cracking down on Lifeline cell phone fraud and has contacted over 135,000 people have fraudulently acquired Lifeline phone service and cut off their service.  It is not clear if the FCC plans to prosecute these people for fraud.

Income Based Eligibility Criteria

In some states, you can also qualify for Safelink Wireless under income based eligibility criteria.  Under income based eligibility your total household income must be at or below 135% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  If you total household income is under these figures, you most likely qualify for Safelink Wireless service.

Below is a table showing the 135% figures of the 2012 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
1 $15,080 $18,860 $17,361
2 20,426 25,452 23,504
3 25,772 32,225 29,646
4 31,118 38,907 35,789
5 36,464 45,590 41,931
6 41,810 52,272 48,074
7 47,156 58,955 54,216
8 52,502 65,637 60,359
For each additional person, add 5,346 6,683 6,143

Since states are free to change the income guidelines for Lifeline Assistance eligibility, we strongly recommend that you check your state’s specific income guidelines.

If you meet one of the two requirements above, you need only satisfy two more requirements to receive Safelink Wireless service.  First, you cannot apply to the Safelink Wireless program from a post office box.  Safelink Wireless will not mail your cell phone to a PO Box.  Lastly, only one Lifeline phone is allowed per mailing address. If you or someone else at your mailing address already has a Lifeline cell phone from Safelink Wireless or another Lifeline cell phone carrier, or a Lifeline land line, you do not qualify for Safelink Wireless service.  If you wish to qualify for Safelink Wireless service, you must first disconnect the existing Lifeline phone at your mailing address before you apply for Safelink Wireless service.

Want to know what your state’s eligibility criteria are?  If so, please click the link below to learn how to apply in your state:

State Eligibility Criteria

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