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Straight Talk Wireless Free Mobile and Internet Service

Straight Talk Wireless, a company that has been involved in the prepaid, no-contract cell phone plans and internet arena for many years is now offering discounted and/or free internet services. They can offer this because they participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). These plans are offered to households that meet the eligibility criteria.

What Affordable Connectivity Program Provides

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides discounts of up to $30 per month on any hotspot, tablet, or smartphone plan. And, for those households living on qualifying Tribal Lands, the discount increases to up to $75 per month.

Straight Talk Wireless Plans

Below is a partial snapshot of some of Straight Talk’s plans and how the discount would affect the monthly pricing. The snapshot only shows 5 of their 12 plans. You can see the actual table of plans here: Straight Talk ACP Plans

Straight Talk ACP Plans

These plans are offered throughout the United States, including American Samoa, Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands (unfortunately, too many wireless companies omit these territories).

How to Qualify for Discounted Service

To take advantage of the offer, you must meet the eligibility requirements. To do so, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. You’re enrolled in the Lifeline program (to sign up for Lifeline visit the National Verifier and submit an application)*, or

  2. Have a household income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or

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

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
    • Medicaid
    • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
    • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
    • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
    • Additional Plans if living on Tribal Lands

    • 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
    • *The income requirements for Lifeline are the same as those for the Affordable Connectivity Program. The only difference is the Lifeline household income requirement is lower than that for the ACP. For Lifeline, the household income must be at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You will need to provide documented proof of eligibility.

    Apply for Straight Talk ACP Discounts

    To apply for the discounts, visit the Straight Talk myacpbenefit.com page and begin your application. You must provide the exact same information to Straight Talk as you did to Lifeline. If the information does not match, your application will be denied. You will need to provide eligibility documentation with Straight Talk, just as you did with Lifeline. It takes about two business days for your application to be approved.

    To check the status of your application make sure you have your enrollment number, then visit MyACPBenefit.com/ST click the My Service button, and then click on Account Detail. After you log in you can check your enrollment status.

    Status

    Once approved, you can begin enjoying the benefits of free or discounted service.


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    Last Modified: 19 November 2022

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