Note: As of October 6, we no longer see where Mobi PCS offers a Lifeline discount.
There are dozens of wireless companies that offer the Lifeline Discount, but we’ve chosen to focus — with a couple notable exceptions — on the ones that cover multiple states. This is one of those exceptions.
If you live in Hawaii, the pearl of the Pacific, Mobi PCS offers service (and Lifeline discounts) on all the most populous Hawaiian Islands.
Oddly enough, and despite the fact that Hawaii’s official poverty rate is so high, very few companies participate in the Lifeline business in Hawaii. Luckily, Mobi PCS is around to help financially-struggling residents of the Pacific paradise.
Your first question is probably, “How much of a monthly Lifeline discount can I get from Mobi PCS?” The answer is $9.25 per month.
The company’s website tells you what Mobi PCS is all about:
Formerly known as Coral Wireless, Mobi PCS was formed in 2003 to bring innovative communication services to Hawaii. Our local calling areas are the islands of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, and Molokai. For those who are into technical details, we operate on our own statewide network using advanced CDMA technology to protect your privacy, along with the largest nationwide network footprint via partnerships with national carriers.
Mobi PCS tries to make it easy for needy residents of Hawaii to get their Lifeline discounts with convenient two stores on King Street and a third one at the Ala Moana shopping center in Honolulu.
You can qualify for the Mobi PCS Lifeline discount program if your household income falls below the federal government poverty guideline threshold for Hawaii or if you participate in any of these federal assistance programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Supplemental Security Income
- Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program
- Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
- National School Lunch – Free Lunch Program
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
According to the Federal Communications Commission, additional discounts are available to certain Native Americans. The FCC says, “Enhanced benefits are provided to low-income subscribers who live on a federally recognized … Hawaiian Homelands held in trust pursuant to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920.”
Based on that statement, we’re surprised that MobiPCS doesn’t indicate that any additional benefits are available to Native Hawaiians, but it could just be an oversight. We’ll continue investigating and will update this page as soon as more information is available.
Mahalo, Mobi PCS. And aloha wau ia’oe! (We were trying to say, “We love you”, but please forgive us if our Hawaiian is a little rusty.)
Mobi PCS Lifeline
1050 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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