TracFone Wireless Launches SafeLink Wireless(R) to Aid 812,807 Low-Income Households...

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TracFone Wireless Launches SafeLink Wireless(R) to Aid 812,807 Low-Income Households in Tennessee

    Participants Receive Over an Hour of Free Talk Time Monthly and
                       Free Wireless Cell Phone
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(Business Wire)--
Today, TracFone Wireless, Inc., America's leading prepaid cell
phone provider announced its launch of SafeLink Wireless(R) in
Tennessee. SafeLink Wireless will serve as the company's distribution
of Lifeline - a U.S. government supported program for income eligible
households that ensures telephone service is available and affordable
for eligible low income households.

   The SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income
households a free cell phone, mobile access to emergency services and
free 68 minutes of air time, monthly, for one year. The cell phone
offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, call waiting,
international calling to over 60 destinations and caller ID.

   "Over 812,000 households in Tennessee qualify for the Lifeline
services - offering these participants the opportunity to have the
same access and privileges many individuals take for granted when it
comes to using cell phones," said Javier Rosado, Senior Vice President
of Lifeline Services for TracFone. "The SafeLink Wireless service is
truly unique because we are providing a service that no other company
has made available before - a free cell phone and free monthly minutes
to qualifying low income families," added Rosado. SafeLink Wireless
offers low income families accessibility, freedom and the security in
knowing that should an emergency occur - wherever they are, they will
stay safe and stay connected.

   Economic opportunities for low-income households

   A recent study ("Cell Phones Provide Significant Economic Gains
for Low-Income American Households," April 2008) analyzed the impact
of mobile phones on low-income households. "In this day and age, the
cell phone should be deemed an imperative necessity for the millions
of low-income families who are far less likely to own them," said
Nicholas P. Sullivan, the study's author and visiting scholar at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Our study showed cell phones
can significantly boost the earning potential of these communities,
and this connectivity vastly encourages their opportunities and
remains central to their everyday survival," Sullivan stressed.

   The study also revealed the cell phone is a critical component for
personal safety, access to emergency services, and can potentially
increase a low-income family's economic productivity and earning
power. Other relevant survey findings included:

   --  Cell phones provide a "security blanket" and are "extremely
        important" for "emergency use."

   --  A cell phone is preferred to a landline phone for mobility and
        security purposes, and is preferred to a landline phone for
        emergency use by 3-1 ratio.

   --  48% have used their phone to call or text during an emergency

   --  20% have received an emergency call or text on their cell

   --  32% have purchased a cell phone for a relative to use in
        emergency situations.

   --  40% in blue-collar jobs say their cell phone has provided the
        opportunity to gain employment or make money.

   Daily, millions of Americans depend on mobile telecommunications
for a wide range of basic activities including: calling emergency
services, searching for employment, staying connected with loved ones,
and much more. Yet, for people who cannot afford cell phones, being
part of today's connected world and performing these crucial
day-to-day needs is near impossible.

   Typically, families living below the poverty line struggle to pay
their monthly bills, experience credit issues, and cannot afford
traditional home phone and wireless services. Using public pay phones
regularly pose problems and cell phone contracts often are difficult
to maintain due to costly usage charges over long-term agreements. As
a result, regular communications is a major dilemma for these


   The following are opportunities per city specific to each state's
low-income population:

CITY                                             LOW-INCOME POPULATION
Chattanooga                                      56,486
Clarksville                                      22,049
Hendersonville                                   21684
Jackson                                          13,212
Johnson City                                     22,988
Kingsport                                        36,728
Knoxville                                        78,097
Memphis                                          133,173
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin       128,548
TOTAL                                            512,965

   Program Eligibility

   Lifeline program eligibility varies by state but generally
families may qualify for SafeLink Wireless service if their household
income is not above 135 percent of the federal poverty income
guidelines, or if they receive any of the following government
assistance programs:

   --  Medicaid

   --  Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

   --  Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

   --  National School Lunch Program

   --  Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)

   --  Food Stamps

   --  Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

   Families wanting to participate in the SafeLink Wireless service
will need to provide proof of low-income qualification such as:

   --  2007 state or federal tax return

   --  Three consecutive months of payroll statements, or paycheck
        stubs for 2008

   --  A Social Security statement of benefits

   --  A Veterans Administration statement of benefits

   --  A retirement/pension statement of benefits

   --  An Unemployment/Workmen's Compensation state of benefits

   --  A federal notice letter of participation in General Assistance

   --  A divorce decree, child support, or other official document
        that proves your income

   The SafeLink Wireless service will be provided to low-income
families for up to one year. Participants may renew service and will
be required to re-submit eligibility documentation upon their year
completion. If the participant no longer qualifies for this free
service, they will be notified and will be able to keep the cell phone
to continue enjoying the benefits as a regular TracFone customer.
Unused minutes will never expire and will automatically rollover. When
recipients surpass their allocated 68 airtime minutes, they will be
able to purchase prepaid SafeLink Wireless airtime cards or TracFone
airtime cards, including double minute cards. Existing TracFone
customers qualifying for the SafeLink Wireless service may keep their
current cell phone, and receive bonus minutes (one-time bonus only)
for choosing to keep their current cell phone.

   To learn more about the SafeLink Wireless service, including
eligibility requirements, please call 1-800-977-3768, or visit


   TracFone Wireless, Inc. is America's number one prepaid wireless
service in the U.S. with more than 10 million cell phone subscribers.
TracFone is a subsidiary of America Movil, S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX")
(BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL), the leading
provider of wireless services in Latin America with more than 153
million cell phone subscribers. For more information, please visit:

SafeLink Wireless
Daisy Cabrera, 305-981-0203

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