Thursday, 5 November 2009

TracFone rolls into Maryland – USA

In a further extension to its free phone for the poor government backed campaign, TracFone Wireless has made the scheme available to up to 400,000 residents of Maryland. The scheme is known as SafeLink Wireless and is now active in 19 states across the US.

Explaining how the offer works, Jose Fuentes, Director of Government Relations for TracFone, said: “We have based our entire [SafeLink] business model on the USD 10 subsidy we're able to get in most states to provide this service.” The USD 10 is paid out of the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund. The funds purpose is to increase access to telecommunications services in poor communities where access to such services simply would not occur otherwise.