What's the Lifeline Program?
Since 1985, the Lifeline Assistance Program has provided a discount on phone service to low-income Americans. The program is administered by the by the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) and overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It was founded to ensure to ensure that all Americans, regardless of income, have access to the security and opportunity that a phone service offers. This includes being able to look for jobs, access emergency services, go to school, and much more.
Qualifying individuals are eligible to receive one Lifeline benefit per household. TruConnect provides free phone service, including unlimited talk, text, international calling to select countries, and up to 14GB of data to qualifying customers in 37 states.
In a state where TruConnect doesn't offer Lifeline service? No problem! You can still apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to get FREE wireless service, a smartphone, and a discounted tablet for $10.01^.
Tribal Household Eligibility
If your household is on qualifying federally recognized Tribal land, here are the programs you can participate in to be eligible for Lifeline, in addition to any of the programs listed above.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Head Start (only if you qualified for this program based on income)
- Tribal TANF (Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
You may need to show proof of participation, such as a benefit letter or other official document when you apply for Lifeline.
Household Income Qualification
You can qualify for Lifeline, if your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Eligibility is based on the size of your household and where it is located. The table below reflects 135% of the 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
|Household Size||48 States, D.C., and Territories||Alaska||Hawaii|
|For each additional person, add:||$6,372||$7,965||$7,331|
Note: California and Texas have additional state Lifeline subsidies that offer the benefit to households with 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines when using the income-qualification method.
What are the benefits of Lifeline?
Lifeline keeps you connected to what matters most, while saving you hundreds per year on your wireless cell phone bill.
TruConnect's Lifeline Plan Connects You To
Job hunting online is key for low-income households to maintain solvency and increase earning potential. Many jobs require online applications and the best way to look for jobs is online through services like Google, Craigslist, LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, Taskrabbit, and more.
The police, ambulance, and fire department all require a working phone to access. Having the ability to place a phone call can save lives.
A phone is essential for accessing healthcare and is especially important if a household member has health issues. With the advances in telehealth, a phones with internet offers access to lower-cost, high-quality, healthcare.
Friends and family
Being able to contact our friends and family is essential for quality of life and mental health. Access to a smartphone with internet is critical for our elderly populations and those who are homebound.
^ Device discount available to eligible customers only. There is a minimum copayment of $10.01, while the maximum copayment is $50.