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Wireless company launches statewide safety program

July 11, 2009
By TILLMAN ELLIS, Staff Writer

TracFone Wireless Inc., one of America's prepaid cell phone providers, has recently announced the launch of SafeLink Wireless in West Virginia. SafeLink Wireless provides an entirely free offering of Lifeline, a government supported program that enables telephone service for low-budget households.

With SafeLink Wireless, eligible households will receive a free cell phone with access to emergency services plus more than an hour of airtime every month for a year. The provided cell phone will feature caller ID, voicemail, text, call waiting and international calling to more than 60 destinations.

Eligible households in West Virginia number more than 309,000 and each of these low-income users will be able to take advantage of privileges that cell phones provide.

"The SafeLink Wireless service is truly unique because we are providing a service that no other company has made available before: A free cell phone and free monthly minutes to qualifying, low-income families," said TracFone's Director of Government Relations Jose Fuentes.

The main goal of TracFone with SafeLink is to provide security by staying connected in any situation.

Eligibility for SafeLink requires that the household must participate in Emergency Assistance, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, Medicaid, National School Lunch, School Clothing Allowance, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or the West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program.

After one year when the contract has expired, participants may renew their contract by resubmitting eligibility documentation.

For more information, call 1-800-723-3546 or log on to www.safelink.com.

 
 

 

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