While an internet connection is something we can not go without in this era, some people can’t afford it yet. To help those people, the federal government has introduced the “Affordable Connectivity Program(ACP)” which provides a discounted high-speed monthly internet service.
MetroPCS Affordable Connectivity Program is introduced by Metro by T-Mobile, formerly known as MetroPCS. They have several prepaid plans and discounted monthly internet plans for low-income households. To enroll in these plans, you must fulfill their criteria and qualify first. You will also need to submit several documents.
To apply for ACP, you will need to prepare some documents and follow some procedures. In this article, we will guide you on how to apply and get selected for ACP.
What is MetroPCS’s Affordable Connectivity Program?
Metro by T-Mobile launched The Affordable Connectivity Program on January 27, 2022. The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal government program that provides a discount for low-income households on monthly high-speed internet service bills.
For qualifying, you will need to apply with proper documents. Also, you must live in an area where MetroPCS service is available. MetroPCS service is available in around 30+ states of the US. Once you are selected, you will receive ACP benefits on the metro by t-mobile rate plans.
Benefits of MetroPCS ACP
Qualified households for ACP get significant benefits. They will receive:
- Up to $30/month discount on the service of rate plans they are qualified for ( up to $75/month discount if the household is on qualifying tribal lands )
- Just one discount service monthly per household is allowed
Below is a list of Metro ACP plans that you can receive a discount on:
Unlimited plan for $30 a month:
Without ACP, this plan costs $60. You will get:
- Unlimited talk and text
- Unlimited high-speed data
- 5G network
- Hotspot data 0f 15GB
- Google one cloud storage of 100GB
Monthly $10 plan:
This plan costs $40 without ACP. You are offered:
- Unlimited talk and text
- 10GB high-speed data
- 5G network
Free ACP plan:
The free plan($30 without ACP) includes:
- Unlimited talk time and text
- 5GB high-speed data
- 5G network
Besides ACP, one can also apply for receiving a free smartphone from Assurance Wireless. Assurance Wireless is T-Mobile’s primary lifeline brand that joined ACP to provide everything a person may need to stay connected.
Eligible candidates will get discounted rate plans and a free smartphone with ACP and Assurance Wireless. The eligibility criteria are the same as ACP. You can apply for Lifeline and ACP Unlimited Plans or Lifeline-only Plans.
Lifeline and ACP Unlimited Plan
The combined lifeline assistance program with the ACP offers you:
- Unlimited voice minutes
- Unlimited text and data
- 10GB of mobile hotspot
- High-speed data up to 35GB a month
The lifeline-only plan offers:
- Limited voice minutes
- Unlimited texts
- 4.5GB of mobile data
- Cheap extra data purchase
Assurance Wireless provides nationwide 5G coverage. Enrolling in both lifeline and ACP will help one to get the best of the internet service without spending much.
Eligibility Criteria For MetroPCS Affordable Connectivity Program
There are certain requirements that one must fulfill to get enlisted in ACP. The same criteria are needed to apply and receive assurance of wireless free government tablets.
To become eligible for the affordable connectivity program and assurance wireless lifeline program, the following requirements should be met by at least one member of a household:
- The applicant’s annual income must not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level.
- Participation in tribal-specific programs such as tribal TANF, food distribution on Indian reservations, bureau of Indian affairs general assistance, etc.
- Applicants must be enrolled in certain assistance programs like SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, Lifeline, Federal public housing assistance, WIC, etc.
- Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year or applicant is eligible for enrolling in a current low-income program of provider
- The application is authorized to receive benefits under programs like the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program that are part of the USDA Community Eligibility Provision for the 2019–2020, 2020–2021, or 2021–2022 academic year.
Documentation Required For MetroPCS Affordable Connectivity Program
The authority demands certain documents to check if the candidate is eligible for ACP or not. Depending on your criteria the required documents will vary. Generally, the following documents are required to apply for MetroPCS ACP:
Document for Identification:
An official document that includes your full legal name and date of birth needs to be submitted to verify your identity. You may submit:
- A passport,
- Birth certificate,
- A valid government, military, state, or tribal ID,
- US driver’s license,
- Certificate of US citizenship or naturalization,
- Green card
Document for Address Confirmation:
For verifying your address, you will need to submit a document that contains your legal name and current physical address. Documents that are eligible to submit include:
- A valid ID issued by the state, government, or tribal authority
- Driver’s license
- Utility bill
- Statement of mortgage or lease
- A most recent copy of the W-2 or tax return.
An income statement that proves your income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. For example:
- Government, state, or tribal tax return of that year
- Current income statement issued by the employer,
- Copy of paycheck,
- Statement of benefits from Social Security Association
- Statement of unemployment
- Worker’s compensation
- Divorce decree or child support award,
- Retirement/pension statement of benefits, etc.
Document of Participation in Assistance Program:
A document that proves you are participating in a qualifying assistance program. It can be:
- A statement of benefits
- Benefit award letter
- Approval letter
- Benefit verification letter
The document must contain your legal name and the name of the qualifying program and the name of the government/tribal entity/administrator/school/college/university that issued the document. An issue date within one year or an expiry date should be also included in the document.
To participate in the ACP program, one must be 18 or an emancipated minor. Emancipated minors need to submit official court documents or any other documents stating their emancipated minor status.
How To Apply and Get MetroPCS Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
For applying, first, make sure you are eligible for ACP. then collect all the required documents depending on what state program you are participating in. then follow the next steps:
Step-1: Apply for ACP
Go to www.acpbenefit.org and apply through the national verifier for ACP. An application form will be provided. Fill it out with all the required personal information and submit the required documents.
You will need to agree to their terms & conditions and sign your name. Your application will be verified. If you are selected, you will receive an ID number.
Step-2: Joining MetroPCS
Now, you need to join MetroPCS or Metro by T-Mobile. If you are a new customer, you can visit the nearest metro store to get started. Go to www.metrobytemobile.com/storelocator to find a store near you.
MetroPCS has several monthly plans. Choose one that is suitable for you and choose a free 5G phone.
Step-3: Enrolling in Metro ACP
Visit www.metrobyt-mobile.com/my-acccount/profile and enroll in the Metro ACP. You can enroll by filling out the application form using the id number you got from the national verifier. There is also an option available to apply in the local Metro store if you wish.
Then you will receive a confirmation text informing you whether you are successfully enrolled in ACP or not. If you are informed that you are enrolled then you will start to receive ACP benefits.
What Is The Process For Converting MetroPCS EBB To ACP?
Though the MetroPCS EBB program ended on 31st December 2021, the enlisted households continued to receive EBB benefits till march 1s1,2022. After that, households needed to requalify or transfer to ACP.
EBB and ACP have similar criteria for candidates. So, those who received EBB benefits were automatically switched to ACP. But some EBB subscribers will need to separately qualify for ACP.
For example, those who lost jobs during the pandemic or met the criteria of the COVID-19 program may now need to requalify for the ACP program.
If you need to requalify, the MetroPCS will send you a notification. Then you will have to go through the verification process mentioned above to receive an ACP discount.
MetroPCS ACP Vs EBB: What’s the Difference?
The Emergency Broadband Benefit or EBB is a program that was launched by the government to help households that were struggling to afford internet service during the covid pandemic. The EBB provided up to a $50 discount on monthly internet bills. Some providers also offered a $100 discount.
EBB was created with the intention of ensuring that low-income people had access to online employment, education, healthcare, and other services throughout the serious global crisis. As the pandemic decreased, the EBB program ended on December 31, 2021.
But considering the benefit of this program to citizens, the government chose to continue the program by converting it into an affordable connectivity program. ACP offers the same discount to the same candidates just with a different name.
MetroPCS ACP is a lifesaver for people who genuinely need an affordable internet connection. Make sure that all the documents you provided are authentic as they will be verified through a national verifier.
Choose a plan that you will be able to use properly. If you don’t qualify for ACP, you can choose other low-cost plans by MetroPCS. You can visit their website www.metropcs.com to learn more about the plans. rn more.
Hopefully, this article helped you to know about the ACP by MetroPCS in detail and made the application procedure a lot easier for you. If you still face a problem, contact MetroPCS customer care by calling at 1-888-863-8768