How to Add Minutes to Your Free Government Phone

By | March 2, 2012

How to Add Minutes to your Free Cell Phone from Lifeline.  Do you need to know how to add minutes to your Reachout Wireless, Safelink, or Assurance Wireless phones?  We can help!  If you have a free government phone, you need to know how to buy and add minutes.  For those who don’t use their government phone much, they don’t need to add minutes.

Others who use their phones for business or have kids will have to buy more airtime.  Below are links that will help you add airtime to the three major phones.   Click on the link to your phone provider, to find out how to purchase and add time.  Like with every purchase you make, do your research and check of online reviews for the phone provider you are considering.

How to Add Minutes to a Safelink Wireless Phone

Safelink is one of the top Lifeline providers offering government phones and service.  It is, however, kind of difficult to reach their customer service.   To add airtime to your Safelink phone, enter the key “Menu,” which will take you to the “Prepaid” menu and press.  Next “Select which will take you to “Add Airtime.”  Follow the promptings add your card number and pin which will be found on the back of the card.  If you have a special promotional code add that; if not click no.  If you have any problems with this process.

How to Add Airtime Yourself

You can collect Monthly Minutes by doing the following:

Press MENU
Select ”Prepaid”
Continue to “Redeem Airtime” or “Add Airtime”
Press SELECT or OK
Scroll down and press OK until you see “Card #” or “Airtime PIN”.
Enter 555 and press OK.
If you do not have a promotional code press NO.

You have now activated your Minutes and they will appear momentarily.


How to Add Minutes a ReachOut Wireless Phone

Reachout Wireless is another well-known phone company in the free phone program.  When looking for upgrades or smartphones there is a number of choices available to consumers. The allotted time for the ReachOut phone is 250 minutes.  That’s a little over 4 hours.  Do you realize how easy it is to talk a half hour or an hour on the phone?  That is why they offer their customers a variety of plans and ways to get the most out of your phone. Don’t be intimidated by the process.  It is very easy to do. [more]

How to Add Minutes to Assurance Wireless Phones

Adding time to your Assurance phone is simple.  You can purchase a Virgin Mobile Top-Up card in most supermarkets, drug stores, department, and phone shops.  The plan includes 350 minutes a month and unlimited text messaging.  After an initial 500 minutes for new clients. If you want to add more time, pay $5 to get a total of 500 minutes a month. [more]

How to Add Minutes to Budget Mobile Phones

Budget Mobile is one of the top government phone providers in the Lifeline program, which covers 30 US states and territories.   You can easily add more minutes to your Budget phone in minutes by going online to their website.  Unlike other providers, there is no need to enter a pin or card number. Once your minutes are purchased, they are immediately applied to your cell phone.  You can purchase 100, 250 or 400 talk minutes, and up to 4,000 text minutes.  [more]

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Find out how to Upgrade to a Smartphone.  There has been a real demand for free government smartphones!   Now, many Lifeline providers are making smartphones accessible when upgrading your service.   They are available to low-income residences who are receiving public assistance.  Finding phones compatible with your cell phone service.

One of the most asked questions we get is, “is my phone compatible with so and so’s phone service.  Most phone companies set up their service to only be compatible with their own service.  They do this for obvious reasons…they want you to purchase a new phone from them.

5 thoughts on “How to Add Minutes to Your Free Government Phone

  1. Sena Black

    I want to add minutes to my sister’s Gov’t phone as she is in the hospital & I do not want to loose my connection with her. Is it possible to do this on line as a third party?

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