Free phone and low-priced service plans to connect eligible families to needed services!
Atlanta, Ga. – Apr 28, 2014 – Tempo Telecom LLC, an industry leader in prepaid and Lifeline communications services since 1996, announced today that it has been approved by the Rhode Island Public Service Commission to offer subsidized wireless phone service to eligible residents in the state.
Tempo provides wireless phone service through the federal Lifeline program, created by Congress in 1985 to ensure that all Americans have access to quality telephone service along with the security and opportunities that access affords.
In Rhode Island, residents who receive benefits from any of the following programs may be eligible to receive Lifeline telephone service:
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Food Stamps
- Senior citizen low-income discount plan offered by the local gas or power company
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Tempo customers in Rhode Island who are eligible for this service will receive a free wireless phone with the choice of two free monthly plans that include voice, text and data. Customers may choose the Lifeline 250 plan, which includes 250 voice minutes with text and data. Customers also have the choice of the Lifeline 150 plan, which includes 150 voice minutes with text and data, and will carryover unused minutes into the following month. Lifeline customers will also have the ability to purchase additional minutes as needed. Both of these service plans also include voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and 911 emergency number access.
“We are proud to be a Lifeline service provider, and are very excited to finally be able to provide these important services to the residents of Rhode Island,” said Vincent Oddo, president and CEO of Tempo. “Tempo Lifeline services help our customers stay connected to loved ones, medical providers, childcare providers, prospective employers, and emergency service providers. The Lifeline program is of vital importance to millions of eligible low-income Americans.”
Applying for Tempo Lifeline wireless service in Rhode Island is easy:
- Residents may call (toll free) 833-998-3676,
- Go to mytempo.com,
- Or visit a Tempo authorized dealer (list provided at mytempo.com/dealers).
- Residents will be asked to complete an application and provide documentation of eligibility
Residents who do not qualify for Lifeline service and are searching for a low-cost wireless phone solution may take advantage of Tempo’s prepaid wireless plans including significantly discounted phones and calling plans starting at $9.95 per month. Visit mytempo.com for more information.
Individuals interested in becoming a Tempo authorized dealer may complete an application at the Tempo website: mytempo.com.
Only eligible consumers may enroll in the Lifeline program, and consumers will be required to document their eligibility for Lifeline service. Lifeline benefits are limited to one benefit per household, consisting of either wireline (home phone) or wireless service. Lifeline is a government benefit program, and consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain the Lifeline benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the Lifeline program.
About Tempo Telecom LLC
Tempo is a leading provider of prepaid and Lifeline communications services, offering both wireless and home phone services. Tempo services are designed around the way consumers live with simple, affordable no-contract voice and data services that meet their individual lifestyle needs. With over 20,000 convenient payment locations, Tempo is the preferred choice for thousands of consumers of prepaid and Lifeline services. Tempo services can be purchased online and through select dealers. For more information visit: mytempo.com.