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SafeLink Wireless Offers More Free Time For Low-Income Families

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America’s No. 1 prepaid cell phone provider, TracFone Wireless Inc., announced that its federal Lifeline offering, SafeLink, will now offer participants of the program in Michigan the choice of three monthly plans, including up to 250 minutes of free monthly talk time — nearly an hour more per month than is offered by any other competitor.

The new choices made possible by TracFone give low-income families up to 250 minutes of free monthly talk time and additional, flexible plan options give families the freedom to choose which plan is best suited for their needs to stay connected, stay safe. Also, SafeLink is currently the only plan that gives eligible applicants the freedom to use their minutes for either texting or to make a phone call.

Recognizing that Americans are still struggling through the worst economic recession in decades, SafeLink is renewing and further strengthening its commitment to low-income families by affording them the ability to stay connected with current or potential employers, children at home alone while their parents are at work, health care specialists, vital emergency responders, or relatives in time of personal emergencies, such as roadside vehicle breakdowns.

In addition to the free wireless cell phone customers receive at TracFone’s expense, beginning August 16th, participants of the SafeLink Wireless program will have the choice of the following plans:

* New 250 free monthly non-carryover minutes, one text per each minute and a free cellular handset.
* New 125 free monthly carryover minutes, one text per each minute and a free cellular handset.
* The original 68 free monthly carryover minutes, 3 texts per each minute, International Long Distance to over 100 destinations and a free cellular handset.

In addition to the free monthly airtime minutes for one year, SafeLink offers superior coverage area throughout the United States; quality LG, Motorola, and Samsung cell phones; 411 at no additional cost; unlimited access to 911; and in-demand features: voicemail, call waiting, and caller ID.

Demetra Morgan of Detroit, 72, has been a TracFone SafeLink customer for a year and a half. Safety concerns made her decide to apply for the free phone.

“I feel like the elderly are seen as vulnerable and helpless, unable to defend ourselves,” said Morgan. “Having a phone in case of emergencies makes me feel very comfortable.”

Utilizing the free long-distance that comes with a cell phone has also been a favorite feature of hers.

“Now that I’ll have more minutes, I’ll be able to use the phone a little more,” she said. “Sometimes I get real lonely and it’s always nice to have someone to talk to, even just for five minutes.”

In August 2008, TracFone was the first to modernize Lifeline for the way people communicate today with the creation of SafeLink. SafeLink is offered in 24 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with more than a million households eligible for the service in Michigan.

The prepaid feature gives customers the freedom to control the cost of their monthly telephone expense without any surprises. SafeLink customers wishing to use additional minutes beyond their free allotment can add minutes by purchasing TracFone airtime cards at local retailers. As an exclusive benefit for SafeLink customers, SafeLink phones will automatically add bonus minutes to TracFone’s 60, 90 and 120-minute airtime cards. However, there is no requirement to purchase additional minutes and no pressure applied to applicants to do so at any time.

To qualify for Lifeline in the state of Michigan, a household must participate in one of the following:

* Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
* Food Stamps
* Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
* Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* National School Lunch (free program only)
* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
* Medicaid
* Total Household Income is at or under 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG)

More at www.safelink.com.

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