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Free Cell Phone Available to Low-Income Individuals through Federal Lifeline Program


Wireless™ (Nexus Communications, Inc), provides Lifeline, a government assistance program that provides discounts on wireless service for qualified consumers in place of older technologies like landline phone service.

To obtain ReachOut Wireless™ Lifeline service, potential subscribers must meet certain eligibility requirements such as receiving governmental assistance or a household income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty level in most states. The specifics of what determines a potential subscriber's eligibility may vary somewhat by state. ReachOut Wireless™ service is limited to one per household, and cannot be combined with any other Lifeline offering. LifeLine benefits may not be transferred.

The Lifeline program provides a discount that makes telephone and wireless service more affordable for millions of Americans and is not a tax paid by U.S. taxpayers, but rather by contributions of telecommunications carriers collected in part from the Universal Service Charge which is applicable to all forms of interstate telecommunication services.

An eligible subscriber may receive the Lifeline discount on either a wireline or wireless connection. The monthly subsidy from the federal LifeLine program is $9.25 per month, but additional state funding may be available in some states. ReachOut Wireless™ offers the Lifeline monthly subsidy in the form of free minutes every month.

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