Lifeline program offered by Access Wireless has one of the best deals for subscribers who wish to get a free government phone with 250 airtime minutes and 250 texts each month, plus voicemail, caller ID, caller waiting, and U.S.-wide long distance calls. All of these services come at no cost. Two more things that come as bonuses for users to enjoy are great nationwide coverage (through the network of Sprint) and special wireless reward program participation. All these features of Access Wireless make its top-of-the-list choice when considering a subscription for Lifeline assistance.
Since the company is around for quite a while now, the list of the states it operates in is substantial. At present, this list includes 33 states and the D.C. The company claims it is ready and will expand as it obtains more approvals from local authorities in other states. Therefore, if you do not see your state in the list now, you might want to check it over again soon. Income-eligible residents of the following states may apply to enroll in Access Wireless assistance:
- New Hampshire
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Got interested in Access Wireless provider and want to enroll? Then you need to make sure that you meet the enrollment rules for these phone assistance program. As do all other free gov cell phone programs, this company sets specific eligibility rules for the prospective applicants. To qualify, you need to comply with at least one of the rules:
- Your household’s total gross income per month has to be below the preset limit in regard to the Federal poverty guidelines (135% of it for now). For specific figures of qualifying incomes please, refer to www.accesswireless.com, since the needed income amount can undergo change anytime. Keep in mind, that you will have to submit a suitable document to prove your income level along your Access Wireless application. For example, you can use a copy of your last year’s income tax return form for this purpose.
- You or a member of your household on behalf of whom you plan to apply currently receives at least one form of authorities’ assistance: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), National School Lunch’s Free Lunch Program (NSLP), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Federal Public Housing (Section 8 Assistance), Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Assistance or Food Stamps. You can apply even if you participate in all of these help programs.
One good thing to remember here is that enrollment in Lifeline phone program needs to be recertified every year. This means you have to meet the requirements for enrollment every year, too. If you stop receiving help in one of the programs listed above or your income level increases above the limit, you will not pass recertification and will not be provided the service any more.
There are 3 ways to apply for Acces Wireless: online through their official website, by downloading and mailing application, and by calling their customer support and follow the steps under a guidance of the customer care representative. If you live in Ohio, you can also consult about enrollment with sales managers at one of the Kroger stores located in Cincinnati or Dayton.
Extra minutes, texts and data.
Another thing worth mentioning, you can purchase extra talk minutes, extra texts and data packages. Use the www.accesswireless.com website to do it.
Better phone or smartphone.
You do not get to choose the phone you will get from Access Wireless when your application is approved. However, you can change it later by upgrading to a more advanced cell phone or even a smartphone for an extra charge.
Access Wireless Referral program.
Also, there is a referral program. If you refer some friends to the company for the same service and they get approved, you will receive up to 1,000 free minutes per referral.
Access Wireless Rewards program.
If you sign up, you can receive more free minutes and other bonuses for shopping at Kroger stores.
Below are the contacts of the company.
Mail address: Access Wireless, One Levee Way, Suite 3106, Newport, KY 41071, Phone: 1-888-900-5899, Fax: 1-888-594-4473.