Acquire free Tracfone minutes by registering for the federal Lifeline program, if you are eligible to participate. Tracfone runs a service called SafeLink Wireless that is partnered with the U.S. government's free Lifeline program.
The federal Lifeline program provides telephone access to Americans who would otherwise lack a phone. It is intended for people who do not earn enough money to easily pay for phone service. Tracfone is one of several phone companies that offer free phones and a limited number of free monthly minutes through the Lifeline program.
To sign up for free monthly minutes via Tracfone's SafeLink Wireless, you must already qualify for government assistance programs, such as Medicaid or SNAP. Eligibility requirements differ from state to state, but generally an income limit prevents people who are not in poverty from joining. A prospective user can join via the SafeLink website by entering information about his location and income.
Joining SafeLink is best done directly on Tracfone's website. In states such as Oregon, criminals masquerading as recruiters have been swindling people out of personally identifiable information by posing as SafeLink representatives. Lifeline and SafeLink do not advertise on online bulletin boards such as Craigslist, nor do they cold-call people seeking new members.