1. How do I figure out how much data I need?

Q Link Wireless now offers additional monthly data at the lowest rates around! Data can be used for email, web browsing, videos, music, social media, downloads, and more.

But how do you know which data plan is right for you?

Thanks to our new Data Calculator, you can determine exactly how much data you’ll need to get through the month.

To see what each amount of data will get you, click the data buttons at the top of the calculator.

Data meters

Once you’ve chosen the data amount, the meters below will display how much activity that data will get you.

You can also manually adjust the volume or frequency (monthly, weekly, daily) of each category based on your specific needs. The highlighted data button will change to reflect your adjustments.


data calculator


After you’re finished adjusting the calculator, it will display your results below, as well as a suggested plan based on your projected usage.

At the very bottom of the screen, you can see how we’ve calculated data usage for different activities.


2. What is the Lifeline program?

The Federal Lifeline Assistance Program is a government benefit program that helps low-income individuals and households receive basic telecommunication services for free or at a discounted rate. Lifeline was created in the 1980s by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Reagan Administration. The program originally provided low-income households the ability to receive discounted or free landline phone service.

Later, in 2005, Lifeline was updated to also include wireless phone services. The program makes sure low-income households are not cut off from basic wireless services that everyone now depends on to live safe, productive lives.

Q Link Wireless is the fastest-growing provider of the Lifeline program, and offers Lifeline service to eligible people living in America. Although eligibility varies by state, generally those who participate in a government benefit program like Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP) or SSI, or those who meet state specific income criteria, may qualify.

To see if you qualify, click here.

3. What’s included in my Q Link Wireless plan?

The Q Link Wireless “Always On” Lifeline Plan includes:

  • 1000 Free Monthly Minutes
  • 1GB Free Monthly Data
  • Unlimited Text Messaging, including:
    • Picture
    • Video
    • International Messaging

Additional Plan Features

  • Nationwide calling
  • Voicemail
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Caller ID
  • 3 Way Calling
  • Call Waiting
  • Free Domestic Roaming
  • Free 911
  • Free Q Link Customer Service Calls
  • 411 Directory Assistance
  • Call Forwarding With “Q Link’s Find Me, Follow Me”

Benefits of Lifeline with Q Link

Lifeline Providers are only required to offer discounts on monthly phone service.

But at Q Link Wireless, we do things a little differently for our customers. That means you’ll enjoy exclusive benefits you won’t find anywhere else.

Free Smartphone

Q Link Wireless will always provide every new customer with a free smartphone to enjoy their free monthly plan. This gives you the power to do so much more than texting and calling. It has never been easier to stay connected to the world around you.

Free Unlimited Texting – International and Multimedia

Giving you unlimited text messaging every month just wasn’t enough for us.

So now, enjoy unlimited free INTERNATIONAL texting every month! That’s right, with Q Link you get unlimited text messages to send anywhere in the world! This includes picture and video messaging as well.

Free Monthly Mobile Data

Use your free Q Link smartphone to enjoy free monthly data! Access the Internet, check your email, look for jobs, complete homework assignments, check social media, and much more.

Call Forwarding With “Q Link’s Find Me, Follow Me”

Q Link’s Find Me Follow Me allows you to forward any calls made to your Q Link phone to another phone number. Now, you can receive calls even if you don’t plan on being near your Q Link phone!

Earn MORE Free Data and Minutes

We understand that sometimes you need just a little bit more talk and data to get you through the month. That’s why we’ve created several ways to earn even MORE free minutes and data every single month. Click here to learn more.

Note: plans may vary by state.

4. How good are Q Link Wireless services?

It’s not hard to see why Q Link Wireless is America’s fastest growing free Lifeline phone and service provider.

With Q Link, you receive a free smartphone upon sign up, complete with free monthly minutes and data. This has been and always will be the Q Link Mission: to provide Americans with the means to succeed in the modern world, regardless of their income.

Even if you run out of minutes and data, we will never turn your phone off. Our Always On policy makes sure you can always send text and picture messages AND make calls to 911.

You’ll have no monthly bills, no fees, no credit check, no surcharged, and no contracts EVER.

We also give you the freedom to Bring your Own Phone. That means 100% free service on the phone you already love.

Our service is nationwide and we’re working constantly to provide it to as many areas as possible.

Come see if we’re in your neighborhood! We look forward to connecting you soon!

5. Are incoming calls free?

Both incoming and outgoing calls will count against your minutes. Incoming calls start counting when you press the button to accept the call. Outgoing calls begin when the call begins to ring. Be sure to take note of how many minutes you have remaining by visiting My Q Link and entering your email as your username and your zip code as your password unless previously changed.

Learn more about how to check your minutes here.

6. Will I be able to make international phone calls?

Yes! Q Link Wireless now offers affordable International Calling options for all its customers.

These include the following benefits:

  • No Pin Required
  • No Internet Connection Needed
  • No Contract
  • Call landlines and cell phones worldwide
  • Auto-refill Options

Q Link currently offers two different types of International Calling options: Global Connect Unlimited and World Link.

Global Connect Unlimited allows for unlimited calling to select countries for $5 every 30 days. Depending on the country, you may or may not be able to call cell phones in addition to landlines. Check out our complete list of countries that you can call!

World Link lets you call any country in the world at affordable rates. Pick from $3, $5, and $10 plans and call whoever you want, wherever they are.

And don’t forget, staying global is easier with our auto-refill option! Never worry about remembering to add international minutes.

If you’d like to know how to use country codes to make international calls, check out our list of country codes.

Whatever plan you choose, Q Link International Calling makes sure you’re heard, no matter the distance.

For more information, check out our informative blog on Q Link International calling!

7. Is there a way to make free international or domestic calls without using my minutes?

Absolutely! No matter what plan you’re on, Q Link Wireless now provides high-quality smartphones that allow you to download free apps like Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, making it easy for you to make voice or video calls with family and friends anywhere!

Simply connect your phone to Wi-Fi, make sure your family & friends have the same app on their phone, tablet, or computer, and follow these easy steps!

  • Make sure you’ve saved your friends’ and family’s phone numbers to the contacts list on your phone.
  • Download the Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or Viber to your free phone.
    PRO TIP: Some of these apps may come pre-installed on your phone!
  • Once downloaded, open the app to set it up. You may have to sign up for an account if you don’t already have one. If you see a pop-up asking for access to your contacts list, tap “Agree”.
  • Once you’ve finished setting up the app, your contact list will appear within it, and you can send messages or make free voice or video calls to any contacts who also have the app!

For information on how to connect your phone to an available Wi-Fi signal, check your phone’s user manual here.

Don’t have Wi-Fi at home? Find free Wi-Fi connections near you by downloading a free Wi-Fi finder app like this one. These apps show nearby Wi-Fi hotspots at local schools, stores, libraries, and other public places.

To download and set up the app you’d like to use, click the link below:

8. Will I be able to roam?

Yes, your Q Link Wireless phone will clearly display a “Roam” or “RM” indicator on your screen when you are located in a roaming area. While roaming, you can continue to make phone calls from your Q Link phone at no additional charge, other than using your own minutes. However, availability and quality of coverage while roaming varies and is not guaranteed.

9. How do I make a 911 emergency call using my Q Link Wireless phone?

Q Link Wireless customers have free access to 911. However, if you attempt to call 911 in an area where there is no wireless coverage, your call may not successfully go through. In this rare event, please dial 911 from your nearest landline phone.

According to public safety officials, you should be able to provide your current location information whenever making a 911 emergency phone call. In contrast to landline phones, a variety of factors (for example: your location, your device’s GPS capabilities and the local emergency service providers’ equipment) can help 911 operators determine your phone number, location and the location of your device.

Sometimes, emergency service providers may route your emergency call to a local state patrol dispatcher or another set location. GPS technology may also be used to help provide your location; this is called Enhanced 911 service, or E911. Whenever available, E911 sometimes doesn’t provide the most accurate location information. This usually happens if you place your call indoors or your device cannot acquire an accurate satellite signal.

Furthermore, some cell phones include a safety feature that locks the keypad after dialing 911. If this is the case, simply follow the emergency service providers’ voice prompts.

11. Can I get more than one Lifeline phone?

No. The Federal Lifeline program only allows one free wireless or landline phone per “household.” Separate households that live at the same address are eligible, including residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes, for example. Residents with temporary addresses are also eligible.

12. What does “one per household” mean?

According to the Federal Lifeline program, a household is defined as “any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses.”

Q Link Wireless is limited to one Lifeline benefit per household. Households are also not allowed to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers. If you receive service with another Lifeline provider, you must cancel that service in favor of Q Link Wireless.

14. Do I have to buy a phone?

No. Q Link Wireless sends its customers one FREE phone as part of their service. Any phones beyond the first can be upgraded or replaced at any time for a small fee.

If you have a smartphone you already love, why not use it on our network with the Bring Your Own Phone Program? Check out our list of eligible phones for an idea of what you can bring to Q Link.

Also, if you already have a phone number and would like to use it with your Free Q Link phone, you can transfer that number, free of charge!


15. What kind of phone will Q Link send me? Can I upgrade my phone?

ALL new Q Link Members are eligible to receive the upgraded standard Q Link phone: the ZTE Z3001S! You’ll be able to enjoy the latest smartphone features including text & picture message, data for email, apps, surfing the web, and more! You can check out the info below for full feature.

ZTE Z3001S Features

  • Android Version N
  • LTE Capable
  • 4″ Touch Screen Display
  • 1GB RAM Memory
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • Rear AND Front-facing Camera
  • 1600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Capable
  • Speakerphone and Voice dialing
  • MicroSD Card Capable – Up to 32GB (not included)


Can I upgrade my phone?

If you’re an existing customer with a previous model and you would like the ZTE 3001S, you are eligible to receive this $75 smartphone at a discounted rate of $25!

Just click HERE to place your order online, or call our tollfree number at (1-855) 754-6543 to get your upgrade over the phone. You can pay with a debit or credit card registered to your account name and address. If you do not have access to a credit or debit card, you can use cash to purchase a prepaid gift card (for example, a Visa or Vanilla MasterCard gift card) and use it to place your order either online or over the phone.

16. Can I give away my Q Link Wireless phone to friends or family?

You can let your friends or family borrow your phone, but you cannot let them have it. Q Link Wireless’ service is non-transferrable, meaning it must be used by you and you alone. However, you can refer your friends or family to Q Link Wireless with our Refer–A–Friend program; just ask them to sign up by going to www.qlinkwireless.comhttps://qlinkwireless.comhttps://qlinkwireless.com/signup/. For each qualified and approved friend you refer to Q Link Wireless, you’ll receive 100 free bonus minutes and 100 MB of data.

For more information on our Refer-A-Friend program, visit What is the Refer-A-Friend program, and how do I participate?