Thursday, 18 June 2009

SafeLink Wireless launches in West Virginia via TracFone – USA

The SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income households a free cell phone, mobile access to emergency services and 68 minutes of free airtime, monthly, for one year. The cell phones offered in-demand features are voicemail, text, call waiting, international calling to over 60 destinations and caller ID.

Lifeline is part of the Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund (USF), which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at reasonable and affordable rates. Over 1700 carriers are eligible to provide the program but TracFone is the first pre-paid company to have elevated the program to modern day communications. The Lifeline program is not funded from federal taxpayer dollars, but rather from contributions to the USF by telecommunications carriers collected in part from the Universal Service Charge billed to cell phone users.

Jose Fuentes, Director of Government Relations for TracFone, commented: “Over 309,000 households in West Virginia qualify for the Lifeline services – offering these participants the opportunity to have the same access and privileges many individuals take for granted when it comes to using cell phones.”