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Cintex Wireless Lifeline & ACP Plans

Since Cintex Wireless participates in the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), it can offer attractive low/no-cost wireless plans to qualified households. These plans include free smartphones and/or deeply discounted tablets.

Currently, Cintex offers a free device with the purchase of a tablet at the discounted price of $10.01. In addition to the devices, you may qualify for free unlimited service. Which plan you qualify for depends on whether you’re enrolled in just Lifeline, just ACP, or both.

Cintex Plan Offerings

Cintex Wireless

The plans offered are as follows:

Lifeline Plan Only

  • Bring your own phone (no free smartphone)
  • Free SIM card
  • 4.5 GB of data
  • 1,000 talk minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • Monthly plan cost; $0

Affordable Connectivity Plan Only

  • Free Smartphone
  • 8 GB Data
  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited Text
  • Monthly cost: $0

Lifeline and ACP Combination

The best and broadest plan

  • Free Smartphone
  • 15GB high-speed data
  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited text and picture messaging√
  • Monthly plan cost: $0

The phones on all three plans include caller-ID, call waiting, 3-way calling, and voicemail. The type of phone depends on the supply. Currently (2022) the choice of free phones Cintex Wireless offers include iPhone 7, 6 Plus, Galaxy S8, and more. Tablets offered include Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Alcatel Joy Tab 2, and more. For as little as $35 you can purchase an Apple iPad Air (depending on supplies).

States of Operation

Cintex Wireless has nationwide coverage but is not authorized to provide service in all states. Currently, in 2022, they are authorized to provide service in the following 11 states:

Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming

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Eligibility Requirements for Lifeline and ACP

To reap the benefits of the above plans, you must be enrolled in either the Lifeline, ACP or both programs. To qualify for the programs you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Participate in at least one of the following government assistant programs:
    • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
    • Supplemental National Assistance Program (SNAP)/CalFresh
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)

    • Tribal Assistance Programs
    • Any of the federal assistance programs listed above
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
    • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

    or

  2. Have a household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to qualify for Lifeline or 200% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for ACP.

If you qualify either by participating in one of the programs or by household income, you must have documented proof of such eligibility.

Applying for Lifeline and Cintex

The first step is to visit the National Verifier website to apply for Lifeline. You will be required to upload proof of eligibility. Once approved for Lifeline benefits, then go to the Cintex Wireless site and click the Apply Now button to begin your Cintex application. As with the National Verifier, you must upload proof of eligibility and enrollment on the Cintex site also.

According to Cintex, it should take about 20 to 30 minutes for an application to be approved as long as you provide the proper documentation. Sometimes it may take 3 to 4 days if, for some reason, your proof of documentation needs to be reconfirmed. You can always check your application status here.

Once approved you will receive a confirmation via email along with an order tracking number.

Things to Note

  • Once you receive your device, you must use the service at least once every 30 days or your service may be terminated.

  • You will be required to recertify annually

  • Only one Lifeline/ACP discount per household

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Last Modified: 19 November 2022

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