Life Wireless has announced approval by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to begin offering subsidised mobile phone service to eligible low-income residents in Pennsylvania. Life Wireless provides phone service through the federal Lifeline programme, which was created by Congress in 1985 to ensure all Americans have access to quality telephone service. Life Wireless performs multiple checks on each potential customer to verify programme eligibility, and its field representatives receive training and oversight to ensure the company policies and programme requirements are upheld. Subscribers are eligible for Life Wireless service if they take part in a federal assistance programme such as Medicaid or food stamps or earn up to 135 percent of the federal poverty level. Eligible customers receive a basic mobile handset with voicemail, text messaging, call waiting and other features. Calling plans offer up to 250 minutes per month.