You can complete your Enrollment online or by phone (through Schedule a Call Back). Your completed application will be put into Pending status until your Documents are received.
Once you complete your Enrollment you'll be required to send us Proof and ID Documents for verification. With six (6) different ways to submit copies, it couldn't be easier!
After we recieve and review your Documents we'll process your Enrollment into your chosen Carrier's system, arrange for the shipping of your new phone and update you via email.
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The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure. They are updated each year by the Census Bureau. The thresholds are used mainly for statistical purposes — for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year. (In other words, all official poverty population figures are calculated using the poverty thresholds, not the guidelines.) Poverty thresholds since 1973 (and for selected earlier years) and weighted average poverty thresholds since 1959 are available on the Census Bureau’s Web site. For an example of how the Census Bureau applies the thresholds to a family’s income to determine its poverty status, see “How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty” on the Census Bureau’s web site.
The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. The Federal Register notice of the 2013 poverty guidelines is available.
The poverty guidelines are sometimes loosely referred to as the “federal poverty level” (FPL), but that phrase is ambiguous and should be avoided, especially in situations (e.g., legislative or administrative) where precision is important.
INDIVIDUALS WITH AN ANNUAL INCOME BELOW 135% OF FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES RECIPIENTS QUALIFY FOR LIFELINE SERVICE