What is the Lifeline Assistance program at Access Wireless?


Quick Answer

Access Wireless offers people who qualify for the Lifeline Assistance Program a free cellphone, 250 minutes for calls and texts per month, and free domestic long-distance service. This phone has all the standard features of regular cellphones, including caller ID, call waiting and voicemail.

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Supported by the Universal Service Fund paid into by those with phone service, the Lifeline Assistance Program has helped low-income individuals stay in touch with friends and family and provide a call-back number for job prospects since 1985. Those who receive federal public housing assistance, low-income housing energy assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, supplemental security income or temporary assistance to needy families automatically qualify for lifeline services, as do those who qualify for free school lunches or fall under tribal qualifying programs.

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