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What is a SafeLink cellphone?

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A SafeLink cellphone is a mobile phone offering from SafeLink Wireless, which is a prepaid wireless carrier that offers these phones on a low-cost basis or for free to low-income customers. SafeLink is able to provide free phones because it is a part of a benefit program called Lifeline that the Federal Communications Commission sponsors.

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SafeLink customers can also avail themselves of the free monthly minutes that come with the three different plans to choose from.

To qualify to receive the phone, it is necessary to meet certain requirements. One condition of eligibility is that personal income must not exceed 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines; these guidelines vary by state. If income does exceed the limit, then eligibility can still be granted if the government is providing the customer with benefits through a federal assistance program, for example, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance or Medicaid.

Seniors on fixed budgets may consider the SafeLink cellphone a cheap but viable option. A free phone could come in handy during emergencies and when only occasional calls are made.

SafeLink is available in about 40 states, as of March 2015. The carrier is planning on expanding its service to other states as well.

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