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True Wireless ACP Free Tablet Plan

As a participant of both the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Programs (ACP), True Wireless is equipped to offer a free device along with free wireless service to eligible individuals/households. The Lifeline and ACP programs are federal programs created to even the playing field between the wireless haves and the have nots.

True Wireless

No longer a luxury, a mobile device along with internet connection is a must have. From performing research for schoolwork to applying for jobs, those without online access will fall even further down the economic slope. Fortunately, the Lifeline and ACP programs help.

True Wireless Lifeline

According to their website, if you qualify, you are eligible for a free smartphone and free unlimited service.

Service

It has been our experience that wireless companies that participate in the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Programs (ACP) offer three different plans. There’s one for individuals enrolled in Lifeline only (usually a limited free plan). The next step up is the plan for those enrolled in ACP only. And finally, the most comprehensive plan is the one for those who are enrolled in both Lifeline and ACP.

Unfortunately, True Wireless does not share their plan offerings with applicants until after the applicant has provided all of his/her personal information.

We think it would be better to see what True Wireless has to offer before providing personal information. If you decide to sign up with True Wireless, we strongly suggest you contact them to find out what plans they offer before giving them your information.

True Wireless Free Tablet Plan

According to their website, True Wireless offers qualifying participants a one-time free device (subject to a co-pay of $10.01) in addition to free wireless broadband internet. Although True Wireless has a nationwide network, they are only authorized to offer services in the states of Oklahoma, Maryland, Arkansas, Rhode Island, and Texas.

True Wireless

Qualifying for Free Phone/Tablet Benefits

To enjoy the benefits of a free tablet and free internet service, you must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Have a household income of 200% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or,

  2. Participate in one of the following government assistance programs:
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Additional Programs if living 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)

For more information on qualifying programs, please visit the Consumer Eligibility page of the USAC’s website.

How to Apply for Benefits

Visit the National Verifier website to apply for Lifeline benefits. Before submitting your application, gather the necessary documentation. You’ll need to show proof of eligibility, such as an Approval or Awards letter from the government assistance program you receive benefits from. Or, if you qualify based on household income, show proof in the form of paystubs (3 months consecutive), tax returns or Social Security Benefits statement.

In addition to proof of eligibility, you’ll need proof of identity. A government issued ID will do. You’ll also need to prove that you’re alive (yes, you read that right). A current utility bill, lease or even current unemployment statement of benefits. Below is a listing of additional acceptable proofs of identity and proof of living documents:

Acceptable Lifeline Documents

If you have the proper documentation, your application should be approved within 20 to 30 minutes.

Once you’re approved for Lifeline/ACP benefits, applying for True Wireless service is easy. Just visit their website and start the application process. As with the Lifeline application, you’ll need to upload the necessary documents for approval. True Wireless will notify you when your application is approved.

A Few Lifeline Facts

  1. You must recertify annually to keep your benefits.

  2. Only one Lifeline account per household

  3. You must use your phone service at least once every 30 days or run the risk of losing your Lifeline benefits.

  4. If you change your address, you must notify True Wireless within 30 days.

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Last Modified: 20 November 2022

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