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Choice Wireless Lifeline Plans

As a participant in the Federal Lifeline program Choice Wireless can provide free cell phones along with free talk/text and data to eligible residents of Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. The Lifeline program makes it possible for low-income individuals to enjoy the benefits of mobile technology. As such, Choice Wireless offers two different Lifeline programs, the Tribal Lifeline Plan and the Standard Lifeline Plan.

Choice Wireless - Tribal Lifeline Plan

For qualified individuals/households living on Tribal lands, you get unlimited calling and data, plus a $99 credit toward any device. The phones come equipped with voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding and 3-way calling.

Choice Wireless Lifeline

Choice Wireless - Standard

Unlike the Tribal Lifeline Plan where there's a $99 credit towards purchasing any device, the Standard Lifeline offers unlimited calling and 20GB of full-speed data. That includes unlimited text messaging and picture messaging nationwide.

As with the Tribal Plan, the phones all have voicemail, caller ID, 3-way calling, and call forwarding.

Choice Wireless - Affordable Connectivity Services

Choice Wireless also participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). If you qualify for Lifeline, you will also qualify for ACP. By enrolling in both Lifeline and ACP, you can broaden your wireless coverage.

The additional discounts Choice Wireless offers fall within the guidelines of the Affordable Connectivity Program, but their website isn’t very clear as to the exact discount amount. The site is very clear about the Lifeline phone services offered, but less so when it comes to internet plans.

Unless you already use Choice Wireless as your Lifeline service provider, it is recommended that you contact Choice directly to see exactly what they offer as a result of the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Qualifying for Lifeline

If your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or you or someone in your household participates in one of the following government assistance programs, you qualify to receive a free government phone along with talk/text and data:

Tribal Government Assistance Programs
  • Medicaid (Not Medicare)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing HUD/Section 8 (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Head Start (must satisfy income qualifying standard)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations​
Non-Tribal Government Assistance Programs
  • Medicaid (Not Medicare)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing HUD/Section 8 (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

Gather the Necessary Documentation

If you qualify by meeting one of the above criteria, gather the necessary documentation to prove your eligibility. You will need a current Approval or Benefits Letter showing your participation in the program. Or, if you qualify based on income, you’ll need documentation that shows your annual income. Make sure to include the size of your household too.

In addition, you’ll need a government-issued form of identification to prove you are who you say you are. Documents such as a driver’s license, military ID, passport, or birth certificate will do. Just make sure it's a government-issued ID.

How to Apply to Choice Wireless Lifeline Program

After gathering the necessary documents, go to the National Verifier website to begin your Lifeline application. Once approved, go to Choice Wireless to sign up for service. They have two different applications, one for Navajo Nation and the other for Non-Navajo Nation.

Because the Choice Wireless website does not specifically outline the broadband discounts offered, it is strongly suggested that you call them before enrollment to make sure you know what you’re applying for. The phone numbers are as follows:

Navajo Nation: 928-730-2273
US: 719-626-0000

Notes About Lifeline Phone Program

  1. You must use your service at least once every 30 days to remain eligible for Lifeline services.

  2. Only one Lifeline phone is permitted per household.

  3. If you’re interested in receiving exclusive offers and reminders, sign up to receive Choice Wireless emails.

  4. If your phone is lost or stolen, contact Choice Wireless immediately so they can temporarily suspend your service to prevent unauthorized use.

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Last Modified: 19 November 2022

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