All Safelink phones will come with Long Distance Calling, Caller ID, Call Waiting and Text messaging which is great considering this is basically a free service.
Carriers and Coverage
Since Tracfone provides the coverage area, Safelink phones will use one of the major carriers like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. If you are in a qualifying state, the coverage area is great since it is provided by the major carriers.
The service is absolutely free. The phone is provided free of charge and it is free to apply. Basically, as long as you stay within the monthly minute allowance, the service is totally free. It’s hard to argue with FREE!
As long as you remain qualified, the service is free from month to month. Unlike Tracfone customers, Safelink users do not need to purchase minutes to keep the service active.
Easy Application Process
Applicants can visit SafelinkWireless.com to begin the application process online. Applicants can also monitor their application process online. Safelink Wireless also has an information hotline (1-800-977-3768) which applicants can call.
The Not So Good
There are no real bad things about the service, after all, it’s free so it is difficult to be critical. There are, however, some limitations that you should be aware of.
Since Safelink is not a traditional paid service, participants will NOT have the ability to choose which phone they will receive. You also cannot use or buy a Tracfone or any other existing phone to use with the service. That being said, it is hard to be critical since the phones are FREE. At this time, SafeLink Wireless is only offering the Motorola W175. You can read more about it HERE
Modest Minute Allowance
The monthly minute allowance is relatively low and vary from state to state. The current allowance in the states where Safelink is offered is between 68-80 minutes. Users do, however, have the option of purchasing minutes from Tracfone or Net10 depending on which phone was provided. This site also provides free bonus minute codes for all cards if you are using a Tracfone and when purchasing Tracfone airtime online. Codes are available here Free Bonus Safelink minutes
Current availability is limited to Delaware,Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts,Michigan, New York, North Carolina,Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia so you will not be able to get Safelink unless you live in one of these states. There are plans to expand into Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and District of Columbia. It would be nice to see this great program expanded into all 50 states and that may be the case eventually as they are adding states at a fast pace.
Safelink is designed to assist low income families and individuals, so not everyone qualifies. The guidelines are pretty strict so individuals have to already be receiving some sort of State funded assistance or meet minimum income requirements. Applicants must show proof of income if trying to qualify on an income basis. Qualifications also differ from state to state. This is not really a negative just something to be aware of. Please see the links on the top left for State Qualifying information.
All in all this is a wonderful program for those who qualify. The service is completely free as long as you qualify and there are no application fees so it is risk free to apply. There are no real negatives to this program other than the fact that it is not available Nation wide. If live in one of the participating states and feel that you qualify, we highly recommend this wonderful service.
For more information, please visit SafelinkWireless.com or call the Safelink Wireless Information line at 1-800-977-3768.