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



  • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance) 
  • Medicaid Medical Assistance
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Food Stamps)
  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income, not including Security Retirement benefits)
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) 



Federal Programs:

  • NSLP (National School Lunch Program; Free Lunch Program Only)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8 

Income Guidelines:

  • 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 


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 (state program-based), just complete and sign the Cricket Lifeline Credit application (available in stores), and show a government-issued photo ID. If you are applying through Method 2 (federal program-based or income-based), just complete and sign the Cricket Lifeline Credit application, provide documentation verifying your eligibility (benefit card, letter from federal agency that administers qualifying program, 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?

If you apply under Method 1, you will receive a pre-Lifeline credit while we verify your eligibility in your state's database. After we verify your eligibility, we'll notify you with a text message if you have been approved or denied for the Cricket Lifeline Credit. If you are approved for the Cricket Lifeline Credit, we'll add the credit to your account. If you apply under Method 2, we'll verify your eligibility 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania’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. 


Atlantic City, NJ: 1312 Atlantic Avenue, 08401 

Audubon, NJ: 130 Black Horse Pike, 08106

Pennsauken, NJ: 5000 Cresent Boulevard, 08109 

Philadelphia: 5751 N. Broad Street, 19141 

Philadelphia: 2900 N. Broad Street, 19132

Philadelphia: 2311 Cottman Avenue, 19149

Philadelphia: 1518 Chestnut Street, 19102

Philadelphia: 3595 Aramingo Avenue, 19134

Philadelphia: 924 Market Street, 19107

Upper Darby: 68 S. 69th Street, 19082

Wilmington, DE: 456 S. Market Street, 19801

Woodlyn: 1936 MacDade Boulevard, Unit 2, 19094



Monroeville: 3839 William Penn Highway, 15146

Pittsburgh: 613 Clairton Boulevard, 15236

Pittsburgh: 201 Smithfield Street, 15222



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