Do I Qualify?

Qualifying for Care Wireless Lifeline Service is easy.

Just make sure you meet all of the following eligibility requirements and you will be able to receive your FREE Care Wireless Phone with 300 FREE Monthly Minutes.

NOTE: By Law, the Lifeline Program is only available for one (1) phone per household.

You are required to send a COPY of any current document that proves your participation in one of the programs based on which you qualify and have selected. All documents must have the same name and address as provided in the application.

  • You, and anyone in your household, are currently NOT receiving Lifeline benefits from any other landline or wireless carrier. If you or someone in your household is receiving Lifeline Assistance from another provider, you must cancel that service before applying for Lifeline service with Care Wireless.

  • You must have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your FREE Care Wireless phone, you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.

  • Care Wireless Lifeline benefits are available to consumers who participate any of the following government assistance programs. You may qualify if you are currently participating in or are enrolled in at least one of the following programs:

    • Food Stamps
    • Medicaid
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance . Section 8
    • National School Free Lunch Program
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs
    • Supplemental Social Security . SSI
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families . TANF
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program . LIHEAP
  • You may also qualify if your household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Use the table below to determine if your household income qualifies. The amounts in the table represent the maximum income you can have to be eligible for service.


    Number of Persons in Household 1 2 3 4 5 For each additional person, add...
    Max. Annual Household Income $15,512 $20,939 $26,366 $31,793 $37,220 $5,427

    TO QUALIFY BASED ON YOUR INCOME, YOU MUST PROVIDE COPIES OF ONE OR MORE OF THE DOCUMENTS LISTED BELOW. IF YOU PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION THAT DOES NOT COVER A FULL YEAR (SUCH AS CURRENT PAY STUBS), YOU MUST SUBMIT THREE (3) CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF THE SAME TYPE OF DOCUMENT WITHIN THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS.

    • Current income statement from employer or paycheck stub
    • Unemployment/Workers Compensation benefits statement
    • Retirement/Pension benefit statement
    • Prior year's state, federal or tribal tax return
    • Social Security benefits statement
    • Divorce decree or child support document
    • Veterans Administration benefits statement

    NOTE: Proof of income qualification not required during annual re-verification of Lifeline eligibility.

Care Wireless is currently only offering Lifeline service in the State of Illinois

To receive Care Wireless Lifeline Service, you must be a resident of the State of Illinois.

In order to maintain your Lifeline service you must verify and/or recertify your eligibility as required by Care Wireless. If you have been notified by Care Wireless, click here to verify now.

Please note that Care Wireless is a Lifeline supported service. Lifeline is a federal benefit, and only eligible subscribers may enroll. Customers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program. Lifeline is available for only one line per household. A household is defined as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses. A household is not permitted to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers. Violation of the one-per-household rule constitutes a violation of FCC rules, and will result in the Customer's de-enrollment from Lifeline. Lifeline is a non-transferable benefit, and a Customer may not transfer his or her benefit to another person.