Ways to Qualify
The Lifeline program was established to provide access to affordable, quality telecommunication services to low-income individuals.
In order to participate, you must receive benefits from an accepted assistance program or live in a low-income household.
Bring your own phone or choose a new one to start your services today!
It’s easy to apply! You’ll need to enter in a few personal details and let us know if you’re receiving any governmental assistance.
You may be asked to verify your eligibility by uploading proof of your identity, benefit information, and income.
You can keep your GSM-compatible or unlocked smartphone, or choose from a list of new devices.
You’re eligible if you participate in an approved assistance program or have an income at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guideline. Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP automatically qualify!
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health coverage for low-income children, families, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicare does not qualify.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to needy individuals and families to increase their food budget, purchase healthy food, and move towards self-sufficiency.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
Income guidelines vary by the state you live in and the number of people in your household.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides access to safe and affordable housing for low-income families, elderly, and disabled individuals.
The Veterans Pension program provides monthly payments to wartime Veterans who meet certain age or disability requirements.
Some states have additional eligibility under the following Tribal programs:
Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Only those meeting income qualifications
Ways to Qualify
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I have had Safelink for almost 2 years. Transferring my phone number from another major unsubsidized carrier was tortuous to say the least - time-consuming for both myself and Safelink. Part of the problem was that I brought my own unlocked phone. They were always patient, considerate, and stuck with the process no matter the time or energy and I never have had to wait more than a few minutes to talk with Customer Service.
I find Safelink Wireless’ service helps to keep me in contact with my family and friends, as well as lets me check the news and keeps me informed on new and current events.