You can now get Cricket Wireless Lifeline discount services, through the Lifeline Assistance Program. Cricket, is now one of the companies enrolled in the FCC mandated government program. You may receive cricket discount service, on a new phone, or a phone you already own. They are one of the major prepaid cell phone companies, in the United States. Cricket is a pay-as-you-go service. They service consumers, who may have been unable to get a cell phone, because poor credit; or do not want long contracts. They are working with the Lifeline program, to further assist low income residents with free and discount cell phone service.
Cricket Wireless Lifeline Discount
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The Lifeline program, was established to help struggling families by giving a discount on land line phones. The program expanded to include cell phones until in the 90s. Now the program is in 28 states, and may later include other states. Cricket was one of the first cellular companies to offer pay-as-you-go cell phone service, for those who does not want to be locked into a longer term contract.
Though Cricket, is not giving away phones, like other mobile providers, they are participating with Lifeline assistance to help low-income residents receive more affordable phone service to those who need it and qualify. You may be eligible for a credit from $10 to $35, on your Cricket Wireless Lifeline discount service.
How to Apply
Fill out an application to apply for the credit discount service. Once they verify your information, they will add a Lifeline credit to your account. It will take one to two months to see the credit. You can download an application or go into any full service store to apply. You will have to renew your eligibility yearly.
How to Qualify for a Cricket Wireless Discount
To be eligible for discount service, you must live in a state, where Cricket Wireless, is enrolled in the Lifeline program. You must also meet government income eligibility standards. To apply for Lifeline, you must go to a Cricket Wireless all-service store. If you total family income is 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2012, or if you are receiving assistance from a government agency. (see poverty guidelines)
Because of previous abuses of the Lifeline program, you must provide three current payroll stubs, proof of income, such as tax returns or W-2 forms and have an approved identification with photo. Click to see participating states.
- You must be a resident of the state your are applying in
- The Lifeline discount can only apply to one phone
- You must be the head of the household to apply
- You must provide proof of eligibility
- The name on the account must match the documents presented for eligibility
Only one Lifeline phone per household , you must be the head of the family, and you are only allowed one lifeline credit per family.
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