Life Wireless is another regional phone cell phone carrier that offers prepaid cell phone service. Currently (as of March 2012), they offer service in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
What Life Wireless Offers
Their website doesn’t give too much detail on the types of phones they offer. However, the phones do come with basic services such as voice mail, call waiting, text messaging, three-way calling, caller ID and call forwarding.
If you have an unlocked GSM phone, you can use it instead of ordering a phone through Life Wireless. The SIM card is free and all you need to do is insert it into your phone and have the phone activated.
Telephone Talk and Text Rates
Because Life Wireless also offers free cell phone service to low income individuals, be careful when reviewing their talk and text rates. If you’re not eligible for a free government cell phone, there’s a $60 activation fee for signing up with Life Wireless.
Their monthly airtime offerings vary by state. For example, in Arkansas, they offer 68 monthly minutes for the price of $13.50. You also have the option of rolling over minutes from month to month if you don’t use them all.
In Georgia on the other hand, they not only offer 68 monthly minutes but they offer 125 and 250 monthly minutes. The confusing thing about the offer is according to their website they charge $13.50 for each option (why pay $13.50 for 68 minutes when for the same price you can get 250 minutes). Additionally, the 250 monthly minutes may not be rolled over.
Purchasing Additional Airtime
Airtime costs anywhere from $10 to $29.95 a month. $10 will get you 101 minutes of talk time while the $29.95 gives unlimited talk and texting. Their airtime rates are listed below:
I’m not sure how they derived their rate/airtime allotment and I’m sure a lot of thought went into their pricing, but I find it a bit odd and confusing. You can purchase the airtime by visiting the Life Wireless website or visiting a local MoneyGram agent.
Just a Thought
It appears that Life Wireless’ primary audience is the Lifeline eligible low-income customer. If you are not eligible for the free service, it would be in your best interest to investigate other prepaid cell phone options in your area prior to selecting Life Wireless. This is not to say that Life Wireless is not reputable. It’s just that you might find a different prepaid cell phone service to better fit your needs.