Life Wireless, is working with Lifeline to provide free cell phones to the residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and West Virginia. It is go to know that the Lifeline program is working to make sure affordable phone service is available to every state. Each year more areas are covered by the free government cell phone program. The Lifeline assistance has been providing help with telecommunication discounts since the 80’s. This assistance program, initially began to help low-income consumers in rural areas with land line services. Today, it not includes help with free cell phone service, including smartphones.
Problems with Fraud
With the expansion of the free government cell phone program, there has been a big program with fraud and waste. Providers receive $9.25 a month for each consumer receiving the subsidy. It has been discovered providers were enrolling those who were not eligible, and people were applying for more than one phone at at time. Today, cellular companies caught defrauding the government are being fined millions of dollars, and being thrown out of the phone program. Consumers must now provide proof of involvement with a government agency, or if working, proof of income. These new measures are set to save millions of dollars.
How to Qualify
Life Wireless, is not as well known, as some of the larger providers such as Safelink, Assurance, or Reachout Wireless; but there presence in the states is much appreciated in the areas they cover. You may qualify for the Life Wireless phone, if your income is or at below 135% of federal poverty level. If you are unemployed or receiving, Food Stamps, WIC, SSI, Medicaid, Disability, or help from another government assistance program, you are eligible for a free Lifeline phone. * See Federal Poverty Guidelines
The features of the programs are 123 monthly minutes, and the roll over of unused minutes a month. You can send and receive a text, for 1/3 a minute per text. If you are not eligible for the free phone and service, you can purchase affordable phone services, for a one time charge of $20 and $12.75 for 250 minutes. Text messaging will cost 1/3 a minute per text.
Life Wireless Features
- call waiting
- caller Id
- voice mail
- nationwide long distance service
- and international calls for a fee
Purchasing Extra Time
You can add time, by going to the Life website directly, or purchase air time through MoneyGram. The MorneyGram and a long protracted process, so the online process is most practical.
Finally, If you live in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island or West Virginia, and feel you may be eligible for these services, contact Life Wireless, to apply. Good luck with your search for affordable phone service.