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StandUP Wireless Lifeline Program

StandUP Wireless is another company offering free government Smartphones along with free talk minutes, texting and data plans. Currently, as of June 2019, they operate in the following 25 states:

Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

That is an impressive list of states, but their list doesn’t incorporate all states in the US. If your state isn’t listed above, check out our State Listings to see which phone companies offer Lifeline benefits in your state.

StandUp Wireless Lifeline Plan

As part of the Federal Lifeline program, StandUP Wireless offers 1,000 Anytime minutes, unlimited texting and 500 MB of data each month. The free minutes do not roll over to the following month. Additionally, you must use your phone at least once a month to keep the account active. Accounts with no activity for 30 days are subject to being deactivated. In other words, lack of activity may cause you to lose your Lifeline benefits.

Purchasing Additional Airtime

StandUp Wireless

If you use all of your anytime minutes before the month is up, you can purchase additional talk minutes and data. The quickest and easiest way to add additional airtime is to download their app. Or, if you don’t have the app, you can add minutes by dialing 611 from your phone. You can also visit their website and purchase one of the TopUp options listed.

StandUp Wireless Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements may vary slightly by state. However, in general, if you participate in one of the following government assistance programs you can sign up for Stand Up’s service:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Medicaid
  • At or below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (150% or below Federal Poverty Guidelines in California and Michigan)
  • California and Michigan may have additional programs for eligibility.

Once you've confirmed eligibility, gather all the necessary paperwork to prove you qualify. In addition to proof of participation, you'll also need a form of government ID to confirm you are who you say you are.

Applying for StandUp Wireless

After gathering the necessary paperwork, check to see if your state participates in the National Verification program. If you do live in a participating state, you can begin the process by visiting CheckLifeline.org. Once you're approved through the National Verifier process, you can then go to StandUp Wireless and apply for service

For applicants living in states not subject to the National Verification program, to apply and go to the website, enter your zip code and click “Apply Now.” If you prefer speaking to a live person instead, you can call them at 1-800-5444.

Before starting the application process, however, make sure you have proof of eligibility handy. It makes the application process easier. You’ll also need documentation to prove you are who you say you are. Documents like a passport or a state-issued driver’s license (among other forms) will do.

Managing your Stand Up Wireless Account

The StandUp wireless website is currently undergoing some changes. Hopefully, they’ll update it soon. It looks like they’re going to implement a “My Account” option under the Support menu. Unfortunately, it’s not currently operational. The good news is it looks like their app (available on Google Play) my provide the “My Account” functionality. Only time will tell.

In the meanwhile, it is still possible to TopUp your account to add more time/data if the need arises.

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: 30 July 2019

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