What are the Lifeline & Link-Up Programs?

Lifeline is a federal government program that assists qualifying eligible-income consumers with a discount on telephone service. Lifeline reduces the cost of telephone service by $9.25 per month.

Link-Up is a federal government program that provides a discount off of the activation charge of up to $100. Residents of Native American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities may qualify for enhanced Lifeline assistance (up to an additional $25.00) and expanded Link-Up support (up to an additional $70.00). For more information on these enhanced Lifeline and Link-Up programs, visit: www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/tribalfactsheet.html

To sign up for Lifeline, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit your nearest Viaero Wireless location to fill out an application and learn more about Lifeline.
  2. Pick up your free phone or choose the rate plan and phone that best fits your needs.
  3. Once the application is processed, you receive a monthly credit on your account and keep more money in your pocket!


Colorado
(200 mins./200 sms)

You may qualify for free or discounted Viaero Wireless service if you reside in Colorado* and are currently receiving benefits from one of the following programs:
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and receives lunch through the program
  • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)

OR if your household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines:

Household Size Max Annual Income
1 $15,755
2 $21,236
3 $26,717
4 $32,198
5 $37,679
6 $43,160
7 $48,641
8 $54,122
For each additional person, add $5,481
* Includes the Federal LIFELINE and Link-Up Programs.

If you are currently participating in one of the programs listed above, you could save $9.25 a month on any of our rate plans.

Download the application here.

Kansas
(300 mins./300 sms)

You may qualify for free or discounted Viaero Wireless service if you reside in Kansas* and are currently receiving benefits from one of the following programs:
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • General Assistance (GA)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance**
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families**
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
  • Food Distribution Program
  • Head Start (those meeting income standard)
  • Free School Lunch Program
  • Tribally Administered Free School Lunch Program**

OR if your household income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines:

Household Size Maximum Annual Income
1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,045
8 $60,135
For each additional person, add $6,090
* Includes the Federal LIFELINE and Link-Up Programs. ** Must reside on Tribal lands.

If you are currently participating in one of the programs listed above, you may be eligible for the federal discount of $9.25 plus an additional $7.77, for a total of $17.02 discount on your monthly bill on any of our rate plans.

Download the application here.

Nebraska
(250 mins./250 sms)

NTAP (Nebraska Telephone Assistance Program)

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Children’s Health Insurance Programs (Kids Connection, SAM, MAC & E-MAC)

OR if your household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines:

Household Size Maximum Annual Income
1 $15,755
2 $21,236
3 $26,717
4 $32,198
5 $37,679
6 $43,160
7 $48,641
8 $54,122
For each additional person, add $5,481

If you are currently participating in one of the programs listed above, you may be eligible for the federal discount of $9.25 plus an additional $3.50, for a total of $12.75 discount on your monthly bill on any of our rate plans.

Download the application here.


-OR- you may apply the Lifeline credit for your state on a current or new rate plan of your choosing. The same eligibility requirements as listed above still apply. Discount amounts vary by state and all eligible Lifeline consumers are subject to annual re-certification.


Lifeline is a government assistance program. Only eligible consumers may enroll in the program. Lifeline is limited to one discounted service per household, either wireless or wireline. Lifeline service may not be transferred, even to another eligible person. Applicants must present documentation of household income or participation in qualifying programs. *Some States may use a different household income level as their Lifeline eligibility criterion. *SOURCE: Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 14, January 22, 2014, pp. 3593-3594. Please Note: The Federal Poverty Guidelines are typically updated each year at the end of January.