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Verizon Wireless Discounted Lifeline/ACP

Verizon, a well known wireless and broadband carrier, participates in the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Programs (ACP). In accordance with the ACP, they offer up to a $30/month subsidy per eligible household and up to a $75 monthly subsidy for eligible households living on Tribal lands.


On November 23, 2021, Verizon acquired TracFone. TracFone is a prepaid and Lifeline provider. TracFone offers its wireless services via SafeLink and Walmart Family Mobile. However, Verizon still offers Lifeline home phone, wireless, and Fios Home Internet in the following states:

Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia

Verizon Lifeline Home Phone Service

Verizon offers two lifeline monthly rate programs as follows:

Lifeline Plan $25.00

  • Monthly Cost: $25/month
  • Monthly Access after a discount of $15.57
  • Monthly Access (Tribal) - $0
  • Monthly Anytime Minutes - 1,000
  • Unlimited Mobile to mobile calling
  • Includes domestic long distance
  • 45 cents per minute over the anytime minutes
  • Activation Fee $35

Home Phone Connection Plan*

  • Cost $19.99 per month
  • Monthly Access after a discount of $10.74
  • Tribal Lands monthly access: $0
  • Monthly Anytime minutes: Unlimited
  • Local mobile to Mobile: unlimited
  • Includes long distance from the local coverage area
  • One-time activation fee of $35

*Requires a Home Phone Connect Device

Affordable Connectivity Plans

Verizon offers the Verizon Forward Program for ACP customers. With the Verizon Forward Program, customers get free internet service. There are no hidden fees or equipment charges. Fios Home Internet, 5G Home Internet, and LTE Home Internet are all included under the Verizon Forward Program.

Qualifying for Lifeline/ACP

To enjoy the discounts that Verizon offers, you must enroll in Lifeline and/or the Affordable Connectivity Program. To qualify for either of the programs you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. For the ACP program, you must have a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For Lifeline, the income limit is 135% or below.

  2. Participate in one of the following government assistance programs.

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
    • Medicaid
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
    • Additional programs for households on qualified Tribal Lands:

    • 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

After you’ve met the criteria the next step is to go to the National Verifier to apply for Lifeline or to Affordable Connectivity.Gov to sign up for ACP. Be forewarned, you must show proof of eligibility. Additionally, you must show proof of identity and that you are alive. The image below outlines examples of acceptable forms of proof.

Acceptable Documents

Please Note: If you enroll in Lifeline you are automatically approved for ACP.

Contact Verizon for Discounts

After you’re approved for Lifeline/ACP, contact Verizon to sign up for service. Or, if you’re an existing customer, call them to activate the discounts. You can receive benefits from both Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Programs.

Things to Note

  1. If you move, you will have to reapply under your new address and re-enroll with Verizon to add ACP back onto your account.

  2. ACP cannot be applied to FiosMix + Match TV or Fios Digital Voice.

  3. On your monthly bill, you will see a discount of up to $30. If the monthly discount does not cover the full amount of the bill, you are responsible for the remaining balance.

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Last Modified: 5 December 2022

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