Monday, June 23, 2014

Budget Mobile Announces Partnership with El Super to Bring Wireless Services and Phones

Budget Prepay, Inc., d/b/a Budget Mobile, has announced a unique partnership with Bodega Latina Corporation, dba El Super, to bring wireless services and phones to qualified El Super customers under the California LifeLine Program -- a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households.

Under the partnership, Budget has established a training center and will have a permanent presence with designated kiosks in 13 El Super locations in Los Angeles and San Diego. Additionally, Budget will bring dedicated teams on a rotating basis to 25 other El Super locations.

"The partnership with El Super gives Budget the unique opportunity to connect directly with the
customer and the communities in which El Super operates," said Danny Hyde, Chief Executive Officer at Budget Mobile. "El Super represents more than a grocery store, they are trusted community partners. We look forward to sharing in that same commitment to community and to providing LifeLine services to those families and individuals that need assistance."

Staffing for the training center and 13 permanent kiosks will result in over 80 new full and part-time jobs based on the El Super partnership alone. Positions include a range of management and customer service jobs. Budget anticipates creating 256 total jobs as the company expands operations in California to include 13 brick and mortar store locations.

Budget will offer eligible California LifeLine customers a fully refurbished mobile phone with talk and text capability, along with one of the following "California Connect" service plans:

  • California Connect - 1000 minutes and unlimited texts for FREE every month
  • California Connect Unlimited - Unlimited talk and text for $17.60/month, after federal and state discounts
  • California Connect Unlimited Plus - Unlimited talk and text, plus 3GB of data for $27.60/month, after federal and state discounts.

California LifeLine is limited to one benefit per household whether landline or mobile service, with proof of eligibility documentation required. Eligibility is based on government assistance or a household income below 150% of the federal poverty level. For more information on eligibility, go to    http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/telco/public+programs/ults.htm.

About Budget Mobile
Budget Mobile is a subsidiary of Budget PrePay, Inc., one of the industry's largest prepaid telecommunication corporations, providing a range of communication services to approximately 850,000 individuals and families nationwide. Based in Shreveport, LA, Budget currently operates 13 store locations in Louisiana and 47 corporate owned stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.budgetmobile.com

About El Super
Bodega Latina Corporation dba El Super, began operations in Southern California in 1997 with the opening of its first store in the city of South Gate. El Super is part of Grupo Chedruai, one of the largest supermarkets chains in Mexico. Headquartered in Paramount, CA, El Super is a supermarket focused on providing high quality food products in a friendly, clean and modern environment, but above all, committed to offering the lowest possible prices in the communities we serve. El Super currently operates 47 locations in Arizona, Nevada and California.

About LifeLine
The Budget Prepay, Inc., d/b/a Budget Mobile, offerings are a California LifeLine supported service. Only eligible consumers may enroll in the program and proof of eligibility documentation is necessary for enrollment. Eligibility is based on participation in a government assistance program or a household income below 150% of the federal  poverty level. LifeLine is limited to one benefit per household, consisting of either wireline or wireless service. LifeLine service is non-transferable. LifeLine is a government benefit program. Consumers who willingly make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program. Coverage limitations such as weather, signal strength and service outages may affect wireless mobile phone service, quality or access to E-911 and/or 911 in the event of an emergency. For more information on eligibility and the terms and conditions of the LifeLine program, go to http://www.cpucc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/Public+Programs/ults.htm

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Use Your Government Assistance While Unemployed To Your Advantage



Being unemployed is a difficult and stressful situation to endure. With so much uncertainty, you need things you can count on that aren’t going to cost a lot of money. Enter Budget Mobile. If you qualify, you could receive a free cell phone, free minutes, and free texts every month as part of the Lifeline government program. If you’re participating in programs like food stamps, Medicaid, TANF, and
LIHEAP you probably qualify for Lifeline phone service from Budget Mobile.

Just because you’re unemployed doesn’t mean your life stops. With a Lifeline phone from Budget Mobile you now have the connection you need to find that new job. Prospective employers can reach you at any time, wherever you may be. No more waiting by the phone, hoping it will ring. If you don’t qualify for a free cell phone as part of the Lifeline program, Budget Mobile still has you covered.

With monthly plans starting as low as $5, you can rest easy knowing you have the coverage of a reliable nationwide network to keep you in touch with the people making hiring decisions. Never worry about missing a call for a job interview with your Budget Mobile phone. Have questions? Chat with us on our site, call us at 888-777-4007, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Government Assistance Leads To Free Cell Phones



If you receive government assistance program benefits such as food stamps, you could be eligible for a free cell phone from Budget Mobile. If you qualify for your state’s Lifeline program, you could receive a free cell phone, free minutes and texts every month. Here’s how you get started.

First, visit our website at budgetmobile.com. From here, you can enter your zip code and find out if
service is available in your area. That will also get you started on the process of applying for service. There are several government assistance programs that are eligible in each state. To find out which programs are eligible in your state, simply click on your state at the bottom of the page.

The number of free minutes and texts each month vary depending on your state. We offer affordable add-ons to ensure you won’t run out of minutes or texts at the end of the month. Visit our website to learn more, chat online, or call us at 888-777-4007.

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