California offers unlimited voice and text!
Oklahoma offers unlimited minutes (for $1 a month)!
California has two plans to choose from. You may choose unlimited talk and
text, with no included MMS or data. You also have a choice of the 1250 minute
with 250 MB plan, which does include MMS and data. We hope to have properly
answered your question.
Life Wireless is a regional cell phone provider that is accepted by the U.S. government’s Lifeline phone service to provide free cell phones and free airtime to the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Qualifying residents of California and Oklahoma get a considerably better deal.
California’s offers a choice of two free plans. We don’t understand why anyone would choose the 1,250 minute plan over the unlimited plan, but we’ll post how Life Wireless worded this in case you can figure it out:
Life Wireless offers its California LifeLine subscribers two choices for service:
Unlimited Plan: The “Unlimited Plan” includes a free phone plus unlimited free voice minutes and unlimited free texts each month.
California 1250 Plan: The other choice is the “California 1250 Plan” which offers 1250 voice minutes and texts assessed at 3 per each voice minute along with 250 MBs of data and 250 MMS messages. Minutes do not roll over. Additional minutes are available for purchase. Unused purchased airtime is banked for your use for as long as you remain a Life Wireless subscriber. Additional time purchased as “unlimited” for a set timeframe expires at the end of the timeframe.
Note: California residents should view our California Lifeline page to compare all the generous offers from all the companies.
In Oklahoma, Life Wireless offers unlimited voice and texts for $1/month.
The Remaining States
Life Wireless offers three plans, a 250 minute plan, a 125 minute plan, and for Oklahoma only an unlimited plan for $1 a month.
250 minute plan: You get 250 minutes a month, but you cannot rollover any of the unused minutes to the next month. Sending or receiving texts will cost you 1/3 of your minutes allowance.
125 minute plan: You get only 125 minutes a month, but you are allowed to rollover any unused minutes to the next month. Sending or receiving texts will cost you 1/3 of your minutes allowance.
Oklahoma plan: There is only one plan for Oklahoma, but it’s a great one. You have to pay $1 a month, but you get unlimited minutes and texts.
How to Qualify
The qualifications to get a phone from Life Wireless are the same as for the other companies in the same states. In general, any of the following qualifies you:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Food Stamps
- Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Senior Citizen Low-Income Discount Plan (offered by the local gas or power company)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Income at or below 135% of federal poverty level* (proof required)
The Life Wireless cell phone comes with free voicemail, caller id, call waiting, 3-way calling, call forwarding, and has no roaming charges. There are no charges for domestic long distance calls. International calls are allowed, but chargeable.
There is mention on the company’s website of text messaging ability, but we cannot find mention of the cost. If it is like every other vendor, each text message received or sent is charged a portion of the monthly minutes. (We’ve asked and will update this page.)
We do not know if unused minutes rollover each month. (We’ve asked and will update this page.)
If you already have an existing unlocked GSM phone, you can use it and simply order a Life Wireless SIM card. This free SIM card can be inserted into your handset and activated for immediate use.
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