TracFone Wireless Launches SafeLink Wireless(R) to Aid 1.5 Million Low-Income Households in...

TracFone Wireless Launches SafeLink Wireless(R) to Aid 1.5 Million Low-Income Households in New York

Participants Receive Over an Hour of Free Talk Time Monthly and Free Wireless Cell Phone


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TracFone
Wireless Launches SafeLink Wireless(R) to Aid 1.5 Million Low-Income Households
in New York

 

Participants
Receive Over an Hour of Free Talk Time Monthly and Free Wireless

Cell
Phone

 

    NEW
YORK, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, TracFone
Wireless, Inc., America’s
leading prepaid cell phone provider, announced its launch of SafeLink
Wireless(R) in New York.  SafeLink Wireless will serve as the
company’s distribution of Lifeline — a U.S. government-supported program
for income eligible households that ensures telephone service is available and
affordable for eligible low-income households. 

 

    The SafeLink Wireless
service will provide eligible low-income households a free cell phone, mobile
access to emergency services and free 68 minutes of air time, monthly, for one
year.  The cell phone offers
in-demand features: voicemail, text, call waiting, international calling to
over 60 destinations and caller ID.

 

    “More than 1.5 million
households in New York qualify for the Lifeline services — offering these
participants the opportunity to have the same access and privileges many
individuals take for granted when it comes to using cell phones,” said
Jose Fuentes, Director of Government Relations for TracFone. “The SafeLink
Wireless service is truly unique because we are providing a service that no
other company has made available before — a free cell phone and free monthly
minutes to qualifying low-income families,” added Fuentes.  SafeLink Wireless offers low-income
families accessibility, freedom and the security in knowing that should an
emergency occur, wherever they are, they will stay safe and stay
connected.”

 

    The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) created the Lifeline program in 1984 and worked to update the
service after the crises of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, as well as the tragedy
of September 11.  At the dawn of the
21st century, modern universal telephone service is necessary not only to
ensure that the U.S.
maintains a rapid, efficient, nationwide communications network, it is
important for the purpose of national defense and to promote safety of life and
property.  By approving the SafeLink
Wireless program, the FCC took action to enhance its Lifeline program and keep
the right to communicate in pace with technology.

 

    The Funding of Lifeline

    Lifeline is part of the Low
Income Program of the Universal Service Fund (USF), which is administered by
the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and is designed to ensure
that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers
at just, reasonable and affordable rates. 1700 carriers are eligible to provide
the program but TracFone is the first pre-paid company to have elevated the
program to modern day communications. 

 

    The Lifeline program is not
funded from federal taxpayer dollars, but rather from contributions to the USF
by telecommunications carriers collected in part from the Universal Service
Charge billed to cell phone users. Instead of a discount on the user’s monthly
bill, SafeLink applies the USF subsidy to free wireless minutes.  Although a common misconception,
TracFone provides the free wireless cell phone to the SafeLink program at the
company’s expense, in order to make the program viable and attractive. 

 

    SAFELINK WIRELESS(R) SERVICE
ELIGIBILITY OVERVIEW BY CITY

 

    Top 10 New York state counties with the most
eligible Lifeline participants: 

 

 

CITY

LOW-INCOME POPULATION

Kings

285,357

Bronx

186,871

Nueva York                             

181,593

Queens

174,661

Suffolk

54,883

Nassau

48,286

Onondaga

48,251

Richmond

34,418

Oneida

27,076

Broome

26,015

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Program Eligibility

 

    Lifeline program eligibility
in the state of New York
consists of the following:

 

    — Family Assistance

    — Safety Net Assistance

    — Food Stamps

    — Home Energy Assistance
Program (HEAP)

    — Supplemental Security
Income (SSI)

    — Medicaid

    — Veteran’s Disability
Pension (non-service related disability)

    — Veteran’s Surviving
Spouse Pension (non-service related disability)

 

    The SafeLink Wireless
service will be provided to low-income families for up to one year.  Participants may renew service and will
be required to
re-submit eligibility documentation upon their year completion.  If the participant no longer qualifies
for this free service, they will be notified and will be able to keep the cell
phone to continue enjoying the benefits as a regular TracFone customer.  Unused minutes will never expire and
will automatically rollover.  When
recipients surpass their allocated 68 airtime minutes, they will be able to
purchase prepaid SafeLink Wireless airtime cards or TracFone airtime cards,
including double minute cards.  Existing
TracFone customers qualifying for the SafeLink Wireless service may keep their
current cell phone, and receive bonus minutes (one-time bonus only) for
choosing to keep their current cell phone. 

 

    To learn more about the
SafeLink Wireless service, including eligibility requirements, please call
1-800-977-3768, or visit www.safelinkwireless.com. 

 

    About TracFone Wireless,
Inc.

    TracFone Wireless, Inc. is America’s number one prepaid wireless service in
the U.S.
with more than 10 million cell phone subscribers.  TracFone is a subsidiary of America
Movil, S.A.B. de C.V. (“AMX”) (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV;
LATIBEX: XAMXL), the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America with
more than 153 million cell phone subscribers.  For more information, please visit:
www.tracfone.com. 

 

SOURCE 
TracFone Wireless, Inc.

 

TracFone Wireless Launches SafeLink Wireless(R) to Aid 1.5 Million Low-Income Households in New York