Frequently Asked Questions?

What is the Care Wireless Lifeline Program?

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

How do I qualify for the Care Wireless Lifeline Program?

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 is currently receiving Lifeline Assistance from Care Wireless or any other Lifeline provider.

How do I enroll for Care Wireless service?

We currently offer 3 ways to enroll.

Am I required to provide documentation of my eligibility?

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:

  1. Email: send a copy of the documentation to
  2. Fax: fax a copy of the documentaiton to 855-722-2022
  3. Mail: send a COPY of the documentation to Care Wireless - P.O. Box 1109, Bridgeview, IL 60455
  4. 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.

How long can I keep my Care Wireless service?

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.

When do I receive my monthly minutes?

You will receive your monthly minutes every month 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.

What if I need more minutes than I receive every month?

If your free monthly minutes run out, or you need more you can add airtime by purchasing PlatinumTel Wireless Airtime from over 36,000 locations nationwide. Click here to find a location near you.

Why does my account balance show $15.00?

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.

Where can I use my Care Wireless phone and service?

Care Wireless service operates on a nationwide GSM network that reaches 96% of Americans.

What if I cancel my service or I am not eligible to receive Lifeline service?

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.

I have an old cell phone, can I use that instead of the one I get for free?

No. Care Wireless provides you with a free cell phone. Our service only works on phones that have been set up to work on the Lifeline service.

Can I get a second phone for a family member / friend?

No. Lifeline service is only available to one person per household.

Can I roam?

Care Wireless service operates on a nationwide GSM network that reaches 96% of Americans. There is no roaming on the nationwide network.

Can I keep my current cell phone number?

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.

Can I return my handset?

Care Wireless allows handsets purchased from 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.

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.

What do I do if my handset is defective?

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 will be void if products returned are physically damaged or not packed properly.

What is covered under warranty?

Each handset purchased from 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.

What is not covered under warranty?

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.

How do I return a handset?

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Include completed RMA form in return package.
  4. Include original invoice in return package.
  5. Please ensure that there are no other tracking labels attached to your package.
  6. 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.

Will I be given a refund?

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.

I can't find the answer to my question!

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.

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