YourTel is a Lifeline Assistance provider operated by the same company that runs TerraCom. The plans and service are quite similar. The difference is in the geographic area served. Whereas TerraCom serves Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, YourTel serves the states of Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Washington, Missouri, Maine, Kansas, and Rhode Island. So if you are interested in YourTel but you are located in a TerraCom state, you may want to check out our page on TerraCom Wireless. Otherwise, if you are located in a YourTel state, read on to find out what this Lifeline provider has to offer.
YourTel Wireless Plans
Lifeline Plans with YourTel include the following:
- Lifeline Plan 250. This plan is available in all YourTel states except for Oklahoma. With this plan, you will receive 250 free voice minutes per month, or the equivalent in texts. Texts are assessed at a rate of one minute per text message. There is no rollover.
- Oklahoma Lifeline Unlimited Plan. This plan costs $4.58 per month, and includes unlimited domestic voice minutes. There is no text messaging available, and no rollover. You can only get this plan in Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma Lifeline 1000 Plan. For $1.00 per month, Oklahoma residents can receive 1000 voice minutes or 1000 text messages. There is no rollover on this plan. This is a good choice if you want to spend less money or if it is important for you to be able to send and receive texts.
Need to purchase additional minutes for your phone? You can re-up your account by purchasing additional time in increments of $5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $50, or $60. This gives you the option of more time without changing your basic plan. YourTel does not offer any data plans at this time, but is currently testing data services. The company states on their website that they will be available in the near future (the same applies to TerraCom).
Do I Qualify?
How do you qualify for Lifeline Assistance through YourTel? You will need to meet several eligibility requirements. First off, you will need to have a valid U.S. street address. At this time, you cannot get a free government cell phone if you have only a P.O. box. Secondly, you must be the only subscriber in your household, as only one Lifeline phone is permitted per household. If you meet those two requirements, you can move on to the income or program participation requirement.
There are two tests used to determine whether you qualify for Lifeline Assistance. You need only qualify by one test or the other; you do not need to qualify using both tests. Either you must be participating in an eligible federal or state aid program, or you must meet the income test.
If you are living at or below 135% of the federal poverty level, you should qualify for a phone through YourTel. Here are the guidelines:
|Size of Family||Annual Income|
|For each Additional Person, Add||$5,157|
If you do not meet the income guidelines, you may still qualify for a free government cell phone through YourTel if you are participating in a program such as SSI, food stamps, or WIC. These are just several examples of qualifying programs. There are a number of programs for each state. You will need to check your own state’s guidelines in order to find out whether you are eligible.
You can easily apply for Lifeline Assistance through YourTel. Just look in the upper right hand corner of the page for the “Start Application” button. You will then be taken to a page where you can enter in your zip code. If you live in an area which YourTel serves, you will be able to enter in your information and submit your verification paperwork to prove your income or program participation. Make sure you fill out all fields so that your application is complete. Once your application is approved, you will receive a free government cell phone in the mail. Good luck on your application, and don’t forget to check into TerraCom if you are in a TerraCom state!