Safelink Wireless, created by Tracfone Wireless Inc. is the largest of the three companies providing free cell phones with airtime to the eligible people through government’s Lifeline phone assistance program. At present, they are operating services in 31 states along with Puerto Rico and Washington DC with around 4,000,000 customers. They are on their way to spread their service in the remaining states.
The Lifeline program was originally started by President Ronald Reagan back in 1985 and had tremendous bipartisan support. No adjustments or changes were made to Lifeline by the FCC until 1996 due to the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The program back then provided landline phone connections to low-income households for as little as $10 a month. In 2008, the program was brought into the 21st century by the Bush Administration and the FCC by making the exact same program available for wireless phones.
If you meet the requirements to qualify for this government supported program, you’ll receive a free cell phone. There are several packages for the free minutes from which you can choose anyone that meets your needs. You need to re-qualify for the program every year. But the fact is that more people are being eligible for this program as the economic condition is deteriorating every year.
Currently Safelink provides this service in the following listed states: 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.
If you are a resident of any of these states and think that you might be eligible for this program, contact your state representative and see whether they declare you eligible for this program.