This weekend I happened upon a service called Safelink. Safelink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers. After some research and a couple of phone calls, I found this to actually be true and with no strings attached.
There is an income restriction of course for this program, but if you receive benefits from one of the following programs then you already qualify:
- Veterans Disability Pension
- Veterans Surviving Spouse Pension
Traditionally, the Lifeline program was only available as a discount on a consumer’s landline telephone bill. SafeLink Wireless was created by TracFone Wireless, Inc. when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved the company to offer Lifeline — a public assistance program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for low-income subscribers. The cell phone offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, three-way calling, call waiting, caller ID and access to 911.
SafeLink phones are not paid for by taxpayers or the federal government. TracFone Wireless pays for the phones and also the cost of promoting its SafeLink program to make sure that eligible consumers know about the program.