SafeLink Wireless (free cellular phone)
This is a free cellular phone providing text messaging and a fixed number of free monthly minutes so you can make local, national and international calls. It also includes free 911 emergency calls and 411 directory assistance calls, as well as voicemail, caller ID and call waiting services.
Low income and/or participation in one of several public benefits programs trigger eligibility. Some programs required proof of participation, such as an award letter. New York State eligibility requirements are listed here.