Wyoming is one of the few states that does not offer a free government cell phone program. Neither SafeLink Wireless, Assurance Wireless or ReachOut Wireless are approved to offer the free cell phone program in the state. Instead of free cell phones, Wyoming residents who qualify can benefit from discounted home phone service.
The Telephone Assistance Program (TAP) is Wyoming’s version of the Lifeline/Link-Up program. This program provides discounted home phone service to low-income individuals. The amount of the home phone discount varies from carrier to carrier. By visiting the Lifeline Support website you can find out how much of a discount your phone service carrier offers.
Co-administered by the Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service Administrative Company, the Lifeline Support website lists the various telephone service providers all across the United States that offer lifeline services. Once on the website, click on the state of Wyoming to see the Wyoming specific phone companies.
According to the website, All West Communications offers a discount of $10 off the basic monthly service while Qwest Communications’ discount is as much a $16.50. If your phone company is not listed on the Lifeline Support website it doesn’t mean that they don’t participate in the program. It just means that you’ll have to call them and ask them what type of discount they offer.
Phone Installation Credits
In addition to discounted monthly home service, the Link-Up portion of the program helps to defray the costs of the initial phone installation. Link-Up will pay up to 50% of the phone installation costs. They do max out, however, at $30. Qualified individuals or households living on federally recognized tribal lands may qualify for the Enhanced Link up program which maxes out at $100.
Qualifying for Wyoming Discounted Phone Service
As mentioned earlier, the Telephone Assistance Plan was created to help low-income individuals. As such, in order to qualify you must participate in at least one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)
- Medical Assistance Programs
- Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
- Personal Opportunities With Employment
Once you have determined your eligibility, contact your phone company and request a Lifeline (Telephone Assistance Program) application. It is recommended that you complete and submit the application as soon as possible because processing the application takes several weeks.
If you have any questions regarding the lifeline telephone assistance plan, qualification or the application procedure, visit the Wyoming Public Service Commission website or call them at 307) 777-7427.