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Update 10/11/23: It appears that Tag Mobile's website is not operational. I don't know if it's temporary or permanent. In the meanwhile, many other wireless providers offer free service and phones.

By adding the Affordable Connectivity Program benefits to your Tag Mobile Lifeline service, you not only increase the talk minutes but you increase the data allotment. Tag MobileTag mobile participates in both the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program. As a result, they can offer eligible low-income households unlimited talk, unlimited text, and between 8 and 8.5 GB of data (depending on where you live).

Currently, Tag Mobile offers service in the following states:

Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

Lifeline Only vs. Lifeline + ACP

Whether you are enrolled in Lifeline only or Lifeline plus ACP will determine the level of benefits you receive. For example, if you're enrolled only in Lifeline, Tag Mobile offers the following monthly plans at no cost:

California: Unlimited Talk, Unlimited Texts and 1 GB Data LTE
Non-California: 1000 Voice Minutes, Unlimited Texts and 3GB Data LTE

However, if you are enrolled in Lifeline and ACP, not only will you get unlimited talk and unlimited texts but you will receive either 8GB of data (California) or 8.5 GB of data (Non-California) every month.

Note: You can opt for a free smartphone or bring your own phone.

Tag Mobile Additional Data Plans

Since the Lifeline plus ACP program offers unlimited talk and unlimited texting, there won't be a need to buy additional talk or text time. However, if 8GB or 8.5GB per month is not enough you can always purchase additional data. Tag Mobile offers the following Top Up data plans.

  • 500 MB for $5.95
  • 1.5 GB for $11.95
  • 3 GB $19.95

Enrolling in Lifeline and ACP for Free Internet Service

To take advantage of these programs, you must enroll in Lifetime and qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program. The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. You must have a household income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to sign up for Lifeline or 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to be eligible for ACP. Or,

  2. You or someone in your household receives benefits from one of the following government programs:

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Medicaid/MediCal
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    Additional Programs if you live on Tribal lands:

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

    If you live in California, participating in any of the following programs makes you eligible for Tag Mobile Lifeline benefits:

    • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
    • CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
    • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
      1. California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
      2. Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
      3. Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
      4. Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
    • Tribal TANF
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Federal Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Program

Once you've satisfied the eligibility requirements, the next thing to do is to gather the necessary documentation. You will be required to show evidence of eligibility such as a current approval or benefits letter from the program you receive benefits from. You will also need to show proof of identity such as a driver’s license or military ID.

With the necessary documentation in hand, next, go to the National Verifier website to begin your Lifeline application. You will be asked to upload the necessary proof. If you opt to download and mail an application, make sure to send copies of the documents. Never mail the originals.

Lifeline/ACP Approval

After you've completed your Lifeline application and have been approved, then head over to the TAG Mobile website, and enter your email address and zip code to begin your application. If you don’t want to apply online, you can always visit an authorized Tag Mobile dealer or agent and apply there. Once your application is approved you should receive your phone in 7 to 10 business days.

Please note: After your Lifeline service is approved and your service is activated, you will not automatically receive ACP benefits. You must contact Tag Mobile and give them consent to apply ACP benefits to your service.

Lifeline/ACP Things to Know

  • You must use your service at least once every 30 days or run the risk of losing your service.

  • If you move, you must notify Tag Mobile within 30 days of the change of address.

  • Once your application is approved by Tag Mobile, you should receive your phone within 7 to 10 business days.

  • You will be subject to annual recertification to confirm that you still qualify for the benefits.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This site was created to help people find information about free government phones. The ower of this site does not mail, activate or repair free government phones nor provide phone service. If you have questions about phone service it is suggested that you contact the phone service provider directly.

Last Modified: 12 October 2023

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