Standup Wireless is one of a number of smaller companies that are certified by the U.S. federal government’s Lifeline phone service program to provide free cell phones and free minutes to residents of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
What are the Plans?
Standup Wireless plans are very poor compared to other plans that are likely available in your state. They simply are not keeping up with the number of minutes and texting allowances provided by other companies. Their basic, free plan only gives you 250 free minute units OR text units. Each text you make or receive counts as one unit. That can go pretty fast these days were people often text more than call.
There is no data plan available.
Here are their plans:
Free: 250 free minutes or text units
StandUp 500 ($14.95): 500 minutes, 500 texts
StandUp Unlimited ($34.95): Unlimited minutes, 1000 texts
The usual complement of features are provided on the phone: caller id, voicemail, and call waiting. And they do include free nationwide long distance. International calls are allowed, but chargeable.
How to Qualify for a Lifeline Phone and Service
Qualifying for a StandUp Wireless phone is easy if you are one of the many financially disadvantaged these days. In general, any of the following qualifies you:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan (LIHEAP)
- Board of Education Free Lunch Program
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Food Stamps
- Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Income at or below 135% of federal poverty level* (proof required)
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