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.
While the top, major providers of free cell phones through the Lifeline Assistance program offer 250 minutes of airtime a month, StandUp Wireless only offers 100 minutes. However, you must note that 100 text messages are also included. Considering that the companies who offer 250 minutes will reduce those minutes with each text message made or received, 100 minutes may not be a bad deal, depending upon how you use your phone.
Another good thing about StandUp Wireless is that they rollover unused minutes over from month to month. Not everyone does this.
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.
If you require more minutes or text messages, you can buy into either of their two premium Lifeline plans. For $14.95 a month you will receive 500 minutes and 500 text messages, and for $29.95 a month you will receive 1,000 minutes and 1,000 text messages.
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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