Wireless for Hope is a recent addition to the Lifeline phone service vendor list. They are currently in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and West Virginia.
Wireless for Hope provides service through other affiliates in each state. In Arkansas, it’s Absolute Mobile, Inc, and in Louisiana, it’s Affordable Wireless, Inc., but you contact Wireless for Hope to sign up.
The number of minutes in their free plan is only 100 minutes per month. However, they do roll over unused minutes, while many other free government cell phone providers do not. You can purchase additional minutes starting at 35 minutes for $5.
The phones come with Caller ID and Call Waiting. Their website does not say if there is voicemail, but it’s hard to believe that it would not be included. Text messaging is included and the charge for either an incoming or outgoing message is one of you 100 minutes; for example, you could make 50 minutes of calls a month, 35 outgoing text messages and 15 incoming messages, totaling 100 minutes of use.
You qualify for the Lifeline program either by being at or under 135% of the federal poverty guidelines level, or if you already participate in one of the following programs (may vary between states):
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan (LIHEAP)
- National Free Lunch Program
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Food Stamps
- Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
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