Do You Qualify? Life Wireless TV spots stress eligibility requirements for Lifeline phone service subsidy

Aug 13, 2012, 12:26 ET from Life Wireless

COVINGTON, Ga., Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Free or discounted wireless telephone service is available to millions of low-income households through the federal Lifeline program, but proof of eligibility is required. That is the message of a public service announcement produced by Life Wireless, a Lifeline carrier, that begins airing this week in Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri. 

Lifeline is a 30-year-old government program designed to keep basic telephone service within reach of low-income consumers. Under the program, eligible applicants may receive a discount on either landline or wireless service, but not both, with a limit of one benefit per household. To prove eligibility, Lifeline applicants must produce evidence of participation in assistance programs such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or meet income eligibility criteria. Additional details are at

Life Wireless produced the public service announcement to help educate the public about the Lifeline program. "Life Wireless is committed to preserving the integrity of the Lifeline program," said Jim Carpenter, a senior vice president at Life Wireless. "Educating the public about the Lifeline program's rules and regulations helps prevent waste, fraud and abuse, and ensures that those most in need receive access to telephone service and all the opportunities and security that it affords."

About Life Wireless
LIFE WIRELESS™ is a Lifeline supported wireless service provided by TELRITE CORPORATION. LIFE WIRELESS™ offers a Lifeline discount to low income families and individuals for wireless services. To obtain LIFE WIRELESS™ service potential subscribers must meet certain eligibility requirements such as receiving governmental assistance or a household income that is 135% or below the federal poverty level. The specifics of what determines a potential subscriber's eligibility are specific to each state. LIFE WIRELESS™ service is limited to one household, and cannot be combined with any other Lifeline offering.

SOURCE Life Wireless