MIAMI, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —
Miami Mayor and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Manny Diaz, and TracFone Wireless will launch SafeLink Wireless(R) to aid over one million low-income households in Florida. Through this much-needed service to struggling families, the SafeLink Wireless service will provide Florida’s eligible low-income households a free cell phone, unlimited mobile access to emergency services (911), and over an hour of airtime each month for up to one year. (Participants may renew service and will be required to re-submit eligibility documentation upon their year’s completion. More information will be provided during media interviews.) The cell phone offers in-demand features: free voicemail account, text, call waiting, international calling to over 60 destinations and caller ID.
During an exclusive press conference held at City Hall in Miami, media will learn about:
— The importance of the SafeLink Wireless program to low-income families in Florida, and how these struggling households will benefit from this public assistance initiative.
— The SafeLink Wireless program details, including free airtime, allocated minutes, unlimited access to emergency services, etc.
— How valuable mobile phones are during a time of need: emergency situation at home, car breaks down on road, a child’s school needing to contact a parent, seeking employment, remaining in touch with employers, staying connected to family and friends, etc.
— The SafeLink Wireless program eligibility requirements, application process, etc.
The following officials will be available for phone interviews and video/photo opportunities:
— Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, U.S. Conference of Mayors President
— F.J. Pollak, President & CEO, TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Javier Rosado, Senior Vice President of Lifeline Services, TracFone Wireless, Inc.
— Florida State Representative Marcelo Llorente
— Florida State Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera
— Florida State Representative Rene Garcia
— Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro
Monday, September 22, 2008
11:00 AM ET – 12 NOON ET
Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami FL 33133
Room: Commission Chambers
Parking: Media is advised to park in front of City Hall, and in Front of the Coconut Grove Convention Center (immediately adjacent to City Hall)
Daily, millions of Americans depend on mobile telecommunications for a wide range of basic activities including: calling emergency services, searching for employment, staying connected with loved ones, and much more. SafeLink Wireless is a U.S. government-supported program for income eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for eligible low-income households. Over 1.2 million households in Florida qualify for the Lifeline services.
Consider the following statistics:
— For people who cannot afford cell phones, being part of today’s connected world and performing these crucial day-to-day needs is near impossible.
— According to the FCC, about 7.1 million households across the nation do not have telephones (July 2006), and more than 13 percent with an income under $10,000 do not have telephone service.
— Low-income families struggle to pay monthly bills, experience credit issues, and cannot afford traditional home phone and wireless services.
— Using public pay phones regularly poses problems and cell phone contracts often are difficult to maintain due to costly usage charges over long-term agreements.
— A recent study (“Cell Phones Provide Significant Economic Gains for Low-Income American Households,” April 2008) analyzed the impact of mobile phones on low-income households, and discovered the cell phone is a critical component for personal safety, access to emergency services, and can potentially increase a low-income family’s economic productivity and earning power.