There are no hidden charges that come with a free Safelink cell phone. Considering how the free cell phone is part of the United States government's benefit initiative, Safelink does not charge anything, including monthly or recurring fees.
The cell phone, which is supplied by TracFone Wireless Inc., a prepaid cell phone service provider, is given free for each eligible household. The household's eligibility is determined by the respective state government. Normally, households that have a total income lower than that of the federal poverty level are entitled to the free cell phone. Households that are presently getting federal or state assistance such as Section 8 or supplemental security income are also eligible. Free monthly airtime for local calls are also given together with the free cell phone.