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The Safelink Wireless Scam - Is this Program Really What It's Cracked Up to Be?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 3

Lots of people these days are doing searches on “The Safelink Wireless Scam,” as well as many other free government phone options.

And naturally it's got many people believing that the program is somehow scamming people out of their hard earned money. A real earnest Safelink review, will actually uncover just the opposite. The problem is that many people believing that a free cell phone from the government is a constitutional right and that somehow EVERYONE can qualify for one.

The real truth behind these free government phones is that they are for low income people or seniors. They typically aren't for people who have incomes way above the poverty level (which for most states it's actually income needing to be below 135% of the poverty level).

 Another notion that should be cleared up about these government cell phones is that this isn't an Obama cell phone program. In fact, these Lifeline cell phone program was developed by the Reagan administration. It allowed for wireless companies to set aside money in the Universal Service Fund. Each month, if you look at your cell phone bill statement, you pay into this fund. This type of fund helps seniors and other people who've fallen on hard times get a phone. It's not for the average person who can pay $50 dollars a month for a wireless phone.

Many detractors believe that Safelink is a scam ONLY because of the Universal Service Fund which provides free cell phones and they've somehow linked it up to the Obama Administration, when Obama had nothing to do with a fund that existed long before he ever entered into office.

 So How Do You Qualify for the Safelink Wireless Program?:

 It's actually very easy, now that you know the program is not a scam. You'll typically qualify if you meet certain state or federal aid requirements. Seniors are especially encouraged to apply as well.

The beauty of this program is that you only need to qualify for ONE of the following:

  •  Medicaid
  • Food Stamps

  • Section 8

  • National School Lunch's Free Lunch Program

  • SSI

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

  • Low Income HEAP program

  • Income at or below 135% of the federal poverty level

What's better is that once you apply, you'll get a free cell phone. You'll also get free minutes (250 to be exact). But you'll have to reapply every year or you could lose your eligibility.

As the goal is to help those that need it through a tough year.

Of course, for obvious expense reasons internet usage is not included, but you are able to add additional text minutes and even airtime. Customer service, emergency calls, voice mail, three way calling, call waiting and the like are all free. You're free cell phone probably won't be the latest gadget on the market but it will suffice for communication, which is vital when you need it.

What Other Free Government Cell Phone options for poor people are there? Well there are a list of other government cell phone options which I discuss in other articles. Please be reminded that you do have options. They include, but are not limited to:

So when asking the question: “Is Safelink a Scam” or even when doing searches regarding “The Safelink Wireless Scam”, you can rest assure that the program is great for those who need it. 



Feb 8, 2012 8:59pm
Thanks for clearing this one up for me. I really thought it was a scam. I guess there are still some things that are free.
Feb 8, 2012 9:11pm
Hi Miravu, thanks for commenting. Yes, this is a free cell phone government program. I think most people assume its sort of a civil right LOL..but it really is only for low income folks and seniors.
Feb 10, 2012 12:34pm
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Oct 8, 2012 7:40am
They're fleecing the govenment out of millions of dollars.They deduct way more minutes than you actually use,then bill the government for those minutes.I have one of these phones and it's happening to me.I bought 240 minutes to add to the 125 minutes they give you each month. I rarely use my phone and within a few days,was down to 55 minutes,I turned my phone off that night and the next day when I turned it back on,I had 5 minutes left.Apparently there's NO government oversight. By the way,this company is owned primarily by a company out of Mexico.
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