Frequently Asked Questions?
The Care Wireless Lifeline Program enables qualifying consumers to receive discounts on monthly telephone service.
Qualifying customers will receive:
- Free Monthly Wireless Service
- A Free Wireless Phone
- No Contract
- No Monthly Bill
You may qualify for the Care Wireless Lifeline Program if you receive some form of public assistance or if your annual household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Click Here to see which programs apply. Please remember that in order to qualify, you must participate in one of the listed government assistance programs or your annual household income must meet the guidelines, and no one in your household can be receiving Lifeline Assistance from Care Wireless or any other Lifeline provider.
Yes. During the application process you will select one or more qualifying government assistance programs, or that you qualify based on your household income level. You must provide documentation proving your participation in the government program you selected or copies of documents proving that your income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (click here to see which documents can be submitted).
You can submit your documentation to Care Wireless through one of multiple ways:
- Email: send a copy of the documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: fax a copy of the documentaiton to 855-722-2022
- Mail: send a COPY of the documentation to Care Wireless - P.O. Box 1109, Bridgeview, IL 60455
- Upload: upload a copy of the documents directly to our secure servers (coming soon)
IMPORTANT: your name and address on any documentation you provide MUST match the name and address provided on your enrollment application.
In order to maintain your Care Wireless Lifeline service you must complete an annual verification certifying that you are still receiving benefits from the listed government assistance programs. Click here to verify your service now. To see which programs qualify click here.
If you have selected that you live in a temporary address, you must verify your eligibility every 90 days. Failure to verify annual and/or every 90 days will result in de-enrollment from the Lifeline program. You must also notify Care Wireless within 30 days if you move or change addresses.
You will receive your monthly minutes on the first day of each month if your account is in good standing and your eligibility has been verified. You must have your phone on for the first 3 days of every month in order to receive your monthly minutes.
If your free monthly minutes run out, or you need more you can add airtime by purchasing PlatinumTel Wireless Airtime
MoneyGram is a payment service company that is available at store locations such as Walmart, CVS, and other locations where MoneyGram is accepted. It is not a free-standing retailer. "TheMoneyGram” brand is recognized throughout the world as a leading global payment services company.
To locate a store please click here to find a location near you. Enter your zip code and make sure the box next to ‘Show locations to purchase airtime’ is checked. Enter the security code shown and then hit search. You will be given a list of locations where you can purchase airtime at MoneyGram and store locations.
Steps on how to process a payment with MoneyGram will be provided if you hover over the MoneyGram logo in the search results.
You simply need to bring the following:
- Company’s name (PTel Mobile)
- Receive Code (14699)
- Account Number (10 digit mobile number)
- Cash or Debit Card
- CVS Pharmacies and all other locations accept cash only
- Walmart accepts cash and debit cards only
Making a payment at a CVS Pharmacy is initiated by using the red MoneyGram phone. Additional steps are below.
1. Pick up the MoneyGram phone – you do not need to dial a number, it will automatically connect you directly to a MoneyGram representative.
2. The system will welcome you to MoneyGram and ask you to select 1 for English or 2 for Spanish.
3. In the unlikely event that the system can’t identify where you are calling from, it will ask you to provide the kiosk ID number. This number is located on the phone kiosk you are calling from, starts with the letter K, and has 5 numeric digits. Using your telephone keypad enter the 5 numbers after the K (do not enter a number to represent the K).
4. It will then ask you to select your transaction type from the following. Select option 2. To pay a bill, load a card or phone, press 2.
5. It will then ask you to narrow down your transaction type by selecting one of the following. Select option 3. To top-up a mobile phone, press 3.
6. You will then be prompted to use the keypad to enter your transaction details. After each entry you will be asked to confirm the information you provided.
- First you will be asked to enter the amount you wish to top-up to the mobile phone followed by the pound or hash key, using the star key for the decimal point.
- You will then be asked for your telephone number starting with the area code first and followed by the pound or hash key.
7. You will then be asked if you have the receive code for your transaction. You will press 1 and then enter PTel Mobile receive code (14699).
8. You will then be connected to a live MoneyGram representative who will confirm your transaction details, including your telephone number, name, address, and top-up amount and ask for your account number (PTel phone number).
9. The representative will tell you when your transaction is set-up and you can proceed to the cashier at the retail location for completion.
- Tell the cashier you are completing a MoneyGram Express Payment and provide them your last name and load amount to look up your transaction.
- The cashier will collect the load amount and provide you a receipt with a reference number should you have any questions about your transaction afterwards.
Note: The Form of payment accepted at CVS MoneyGram is Cash only.
Making a payment at a Walmart location is initiated by using the blue MoneyGram form which can be found at the Customer Service front desk. You can ask a store representative for assistance with any questions.
You will need to include the following information on the MoneyGram ExpressPayment blue form:
- Full Name (add your name)
- Address (add your address)
- Telephone Number
Under the Pay a bill section, you need to include the following:
- Company Name: PTel Mobile
- Receive Code: 14699
- Account Number of the Bill to Pay: Your PTel Mobile Phone Number
- Amount to Pay: Add the payment amount you would like to top-up
Note: The Forms of payment accepted at Walmart’s MoneyGram are Cash and Debit only. All other locations accept cash payments only.
Your account shows the dollar value of your free airtime. $15.00 gives you 300 minutes on your account (or up to 750 text messages). Each minute you use will deduct $0.05 from your balance. Every text message you send or receive will deduct $0.02 from your balance.
You can check your airtime balance in the following ways:
- dial #BAL# from your phone (you will receive a FREE message with your balance)
- send SMS with the word BAL to 7801
- log into your online account
- dial 611 from your handset to speak with a friendly customer service representative
If you cancel your service or are not eligible to receive Lifeline, you may still keep your Care Wireless phone and continue to add airtime by purchasing PlatinumTel airtime from over 36,000 locations around the country.
Care Wireless provides you with a free handset. You may test the SIM card from your Care Wireless handset in any unlocked GSM phone. If you are able to use the handset, you may continue to use that handset with the Care Wireless service.
Once you have received your Care Wireless phone, you can contact the Care Wireless customer service and request to port your existing number to Care Wireless.
Care Wireless allows handsets purchased from www.carewireless.com to be returned within 30 days of the date of activation or prior to the use of 300 minutes, whichever occurs first. Care Wireless reserves the right to change the return policy terms without notice.
Contact our customer service department at 866-CALL-ME-1 to confirm you are eligible for a warranty replacement. Additional instructions will be provided on how to handle warranty exchanges. Please note that the warranty may be voided if products returned are physically damaged or not packed properly.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to ensure you continue to receive the best customer service, and are not without your phone, Care Wireless will ship you your replacement handset prior to receiving the defective handset. You must return the defective handset within 14 days of receipt of your replacement handset, or you agree and understand that Care Wireless will debit your Care Wireless account and/or suspend your account, and/or submit your account to collections in the amount of the full cost of the handset you received.
Each handset purchased from www.carewireless.com is covered by a 30-day warranty for mechanical failure. The warranty expires 30 days after the initial activation. Mechanical failure is defined as failure of the device to operate due to operational, mechanical, or structural failure from defects in materials or workmanship.
Care Wireless will not accept handsets that are returned in a damaged condition. Care Wireless does not warranty against loss, theft, abuse, misuse, improper installation, water damage, or customer negligence. We reserve the right to inspect the items for damage and use. Any items that are returned in a damaged condition will not be accepted. Please note that the warranty will be void if products returned are physically damaged or not packed properly. Handsets must be returned with 200 minutes or less of use. Handsets must be returned in the same condition as received (e.g. no cracks/scratches, liquid damage or any type of damage to housings). Care Wireless does not accept "Postage Due" packages. Packages received with insufficient postage will be returned to sender.
- Contact Care Wireless 866-CALL-ME-1 to request a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) for reference (returns received with an RMA that is incomplete and/or not signed will not be accepted).
- Include all original contents in the return package. Handset and all accessories (handset, accessories, charger, battery/battery cover, and/or activation card, if applicable) must be packed in the original phone packaging and returned in the original shipping box.
- Include completed RMA form in return package.
- Include original invoice in return package.
- Please ensure that there are no other tracking labels attached to your package.
- If provided, please use return label supplied by Care Wireless.
If a return request does not qualify for a prepaid shipping label, we recommend that you use a shipping service that provides insurance and a tracking method for your return (UPS, FedEx or USPS). Care Wireless is not responsible for lost or damaged packages.
All card sales are final. Airtime is non-refundable. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Refunds may take up to 30 days from receipt of the package. Refunds will be issued in the same form of payment. No refunds will be issued after 30 days.
Returned packages that are not in compliance with our return policy will be ineligible for a refund and we may return the package to you at your expense. Care Wireless reserves the right to impose additional fees in the event the information above is not followed according to our policy. We reserve the right to impose a 20% restocking fee.
Any package(s) refused, returned or with an invalid address will result in a charge of all shipping fees to your account. When applicable, a refund will be credited to your account, minus all shipping fees.
If you can't find the answer to your question in this section, simply click on the "SUPPORT" tab at the left of your screen and submit it to our Care Support Specialists. Or you can call us directly at 855-711-2222.
A signal booster is a device that helps to extend the cellular coverage footprint in areas of weak or poor coverage.
In order to ensure signal boosters are not interfering with cellular coverage the FCC has mandated signal boosters be registered with carriers. Registration must be made available by March 1st 2014. All carriers allowing the use of signal boosters on their network must provide consumers the ability to register the use address of the booster. The carrier can then use this information when troubleshooting network issues. In the event a booster is causing problems on the network registration helps carriers identify and locate the booster. Registration helps to protect consumers and carriers by streamlining network troubleshooting ensuring a positive signal experience.
The information collected during registration is specific to locating the booster use address and contact information on the user in the event the carrier needs to contact the user about the booster. This information will only be used to locate boosters in the event network issues are believed to be linked to the booster operation.
If you purchased your own booster or have moved from the original use address, you can access the Signal Booster Registration Tool by clicking here. PlatinumTel does not support signal boosters at this time.
More information on the FCC requirements can be found here: http://wireless.fcc.gov/signal-boosters/index.html
Care’s network supports Text-to-911 everywhere. However, text-to-911 is currently only available in certain markets where 911 call centers, also known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), have elected to accept emergency text messages from the public. Click here to learn more.
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