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Maryland Cricket Lifeline Credit

Maryland Cricket Lifeline Credit

What is the Cricket Lifeline Credit?

Lifeline is a government assistance program that grants eligible individuals a credit each month on their phone bill. Millions of Americans benefit from this credit. Eligible customers may receive the Lifeline credit for landline or wireless service, but the credit is only available for one phone line per household. Cricket now offers a $10.00 Cricket Lifeline Credit to our Maryland Cricket Wireless customers; the Cricket Lifeline Credit is not available for Cricket Broadband or Cricket PAYGo service.


Who qualifies for the Cricket Lifeline Credit?

If you are a resident of Maryland, you may qualify for the Cricket Lifeline Credit by one of two methods. Method 1 is program-based; if you or another person in your household is enrolled in at least one of the public assistance programs listed below, you may qualify. Method 2 is income-based; you may also qualify if your household’s total annual gross income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You will be required to provide documentation verifying your participation in one of the eligible programs or your household income.



  • EUSP (Electric Universal Service Program)  
  • NSLP (National School Lunch Program; Free Lunch Program Only)
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Food Stamps)
  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income, not including Security Retirement benefits)
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) 
  • TCA (Temporary Cash Assistance)  
  • MEAP (Maryland Energy Assistance Program )
  • Medicaid Medical Assistance
  • Public Assistance to Adults
  • Section 8 (Federal Public Housing Assistance)
  • TDAP (Temporary Disability Assistance Program)


  • One Person Household: $15,755 
  • Two Person Household: $21,236 
  • Three Person Household: $26,717 
  • Four Person Household: $32,198
  • Five Person Household: $37,679
  • Six Person Household: $43,160
  • Seven Person Household: $48,641
  • Eight Person Household: $54,122 
  • More Than Eight Person Household: $54,122 plus $5,481 for each additional household member


*Income eligibility guidelines are subject to change



How do I apply?

If you don’t have Cricket Wireless service already, you must activate a new account before you can apply for the Cricket Lifeline Credit. Once you have Cricket Wireless service, you can apply for the Cricket Lifeline Credit at a Cricket Corporate-owned Store or an Exclusive Cricket Dealer. If you are applying through Method 1 (program-based), just complete and sign the Cricket Lifeline Credit application (available in stores), provide documentation verifying your participation in one of the eligible programs listed above, and show a government-issued photo ID. If you are applying through Method 2 (income-based), just complete and sign the Cricket Lifeline Credit application, provide documentation verifying your income eligibility (3 months of consecutive pay stubs within the previous 12 months, last year’s income tax return, employer’s W-2 form, etc.), and show a government-issued photo ID. 


How does it work?

Once you submit your application, we'll verify your information and add the Cricket Lifeline Credit to your account while you are in the store. Each year, you will be asked to confirm your continued eligibility. That's it!


What does the Cricket Lifeline Credit mean for me?

When you take advantage of the Cricket Lifeline Credit, Cricket service delivers even more value for the dollar. Step-up to a higher-value rate plan, add a feature you’ve always wanted, or just enjoy the savings each month!


Are there any restrictions?

You must be a resident of Maryland to receive this credit. Only eligible consumers may enroll and the service is non-transferable. You must be the head of household and no one at your residence can receive land or wireless Lifeline service from another provider. Lifeline can only be applied to ONE PHONE LINE PER HOUSEHOLD, and the name on the account must match the name of the person submitting the application. To receive the Cricket Lifeline Credit, you must live in Cricket’s designated service area, must meet Maryland’s qualifications, and must verify your qualification annually.


Where can I learn more?

You can visit one of the Cricket locations listed or visit to find a Cricket Corporate-Owned Store or an Exclusive Cricket Dealer near you.

Baltimore: 9 N. Eutaw Street, 21201
Baltimore: 3910 Eastern Avenue, 21224
Baltimore: 2473 A Frederick Avenue, 21223
Baltimore: 2401 Liberty Heights Avenue, 21215
Baltimore: 4129 Patterson Avenue, 21215

Beltsville: 11000 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 106, 20895

Bladensburg: 4527 Kenilworth Avenue, 20710

Clinton: 8805 Woodyard Road, 20735

College Park: 9205 Baltimore Avenue, 20740

District Heights: 5712 Silver Hill Road 20747

Falls Church: 5701-D Columbia Pike, 22041

Greenbelt: 6136 Greenbelt Road, 20770

Hillcrest Heights: 3743 Branch Avenue, Suite F, 20748

Hyattsville: 3500 East West Highway, 20782

Hyattsville: 6577 Ager Road, 20782

Hyattsville: 1401 University Boulevard, 20783

Landover: 7537 Landover Road, 20785

Laurel: 14925 Baltimore Avenue, 20707

Laurel: 3471 Fort Mead Road, 20724

Montgomery Village: 9671 Lost Knife Road, 20877

New Carrollton: 7461 Annapolis Road, 20784

New Carrollton: 8500 Annapolis Road, 20784

Oxon Hill: 6363 Livingston Road, 20745

Riverdale: 5620 Kenilworth Avenue, 20737

Rockville: 2102 Veirs Mill Road, 20851

Rosedale: 8633 Philadelphia Road, 21237

Silver Spring: 2600 University Boulevard W, 20902

Silver Spring: 12206 Veirs Mill Road, 20906

Silver Spring: 13806 Georgia Avenue, 20906

Silver Spring: 7900 Georgia Avenue, 20910

Takoma Park: 1323 University Boulevard E, Space 33, 20912

Temple Hills: 7085 Allentown Road, 20748

Towson: 1008 Taylor Avenue, 21286

Upper Marlboro: 930 Largo Center Drive, 20774

Waldorf: 11750 Business Park Drive, Suite 101, 20601

Washington DC: 1947 14th Strett NW, 20001

Washington DC: 626 Rhode Island Avenue NE, Suite D4, 20002

Washington DC: 924 H Street NE, 20002

Washington DC: 1652 Columbia Road, 20009

Washington DC: 3732 Georgia Avenue NW, 20010

Washington DC: 3942 Minnesota Avenue NE, 20019

Washington DC: 2849 Alabama Avenue SE, 20020

Wheaton: 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 9251, 20902

Wheaton: 11921 Georgia Avenue, 20902



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