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StandUP Wireless Lifeline Program

StandUp Wireless has discounted or free wireless services for qualified households enrolled in both the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Programs. Although the offerings may vary by state, in essence, they offer free smartphones and a deep discount on tablets.

For the cost of $10.01, eligible households may receive a tablet along with free service. The catch is you must be enrolled in both programs. Otherwise, if you’re enrolled in Lifeline alone, You can save up to $25 on available plans.

StandUp Wireless Lifeline/ACP Plan

StandUp Wireless

If enrolled in both programs, you get Unlimited talk time, unlimited texts, and 10GB of High-speed access along with unlimited Low-Speed access. They also offer downgraded free plans (I don’t understand that) where you get unlimited talk and text, but only 5GB of high-speed data and unlimited low-speed data.

Lifeline Only Plan

If you opt for the free Lifeline plan, you get 1,000 talk minutes, unlimited texts, and 4.5GB of data. However, you can opt for a discounted paid plan through lifeline. Visit the website to see what’s offered in your state.

StandUp Wireless States of Operation

StandUp Wireless has nationwide coverage, but they are not authorized to provide phone service in all states. Therefore, you must live in one of the following states to use the StandUp Wireless program:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Qualifying for Free/Discounted Service.

To qualify for the above-discounted plan, you must satisfy the eligibility requirements. That means you or someone in your household must be the recipient of at least one of the following government assistance programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplement Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit

Additional programs for households living on Tribal Lands:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Tribal Head Start
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

If no one in the household is the recipient of one of the above programs, but the annual income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines you are eligible for Lifeline.

For more information on eligibility, visit the USAC website.

Applying for Lifeline

To apply for Lifeline benefits, visit the National Verifier website to begin your application. You also have the option of downloading and printing the 8-page paper application, completing it and mailing it to the address indicated in the application.

You will need to have documented proof that you meet the eligibility requirements. If mailing the application, please do not send original documents. Send copies.

Once you are approved for Lifeline, then it’s time to go to the StandUp Wireless site and complete their online application. Keep in mind, they require much of the same documentation as when applying for Lifeline.

Applying for Affordable Connectivity Program Benefits (ACP)

If you are already enrolled in Lifeline, then more than likely you meet the necessary requirements for ACP as the eligibility requirements are the same except for the annual household income limitation is raised to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Once your StandUp Wireless account is activated, you may request ACP discounts through your online account.

Things to be aware of:

  • You must recertify annually to continue your participation in the Stand UP Wireless Lifeline program. You can either recertify by calling their hotline 1-888-966-9093 or download the recertification form. Stand Up Wireless cannot port your current cell phone number to their service. In other words, you must accept their phone and use the new phone number assigned to you.
  • Calling territory is nationwide (not international)
  • Only one Lifeline Phone per economic unit
  • Your Lifeline phone is not transferable

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Last Modified: 20 November 2022

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