Hurricane Harvey Victims Get Unlimited Cell Phone Airtime From Q Link Wireless

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Ft. Lauderdale wireless company is offering free voice and data service to 200,000 Texas customers. Q Link Wireless’ CEO, Issa Asad, announced the company wants to make sure victims of Hurricane Harvey have uninterrupted service to stay connected to family, friends, and emergency resources.

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Thanks to the free airtime we’re providing, our customers can call their families to let them know they’re okay. They can reach their neighbors to get help or to give help. It’s one less source of stress, so they can more quickly get back on their feet.

Q Link Wireless, one of the nation’s top-three providers of subsidized wireless voice and data service, will provide unlimited free airtime for its customers in Texas, announced the company’s CEO, Issa Asad. The free calling ensures victims of Hurricane Harvey remain connected to vital rescue services as well as family and friends during the coming days and weeks as the disaster recovery unfolds. The company will provide free minutes through September 30th, 2017.

Q-Link Wireless has more than 200,000 customers in Texas who receive phone service through the Lifeline Program, which provides qualifying low-income consumers with discounted phone service and ensures they have the security that phone service brings, including access to emergency services.

“The Lifeline Program helps millions of people every day stay connected to essential services, but its value is most visible during a disaster like Hurricane Harvey,” said Issa Asad. “There are people out there whose lives are in danger from flooding. Some are sick or hurt and trapped in their homes, and thanks to our phone service they can call 911 for help.”

Q Link is based in South Florida, so Mr. Asad and many of the company’s more than 300 employees have first-hand experience living through devastating storms like Harvey. “We know what it feels like to lose everything, and to be unsure what the next day will bring. So we want to make sure our customers know we’re thinking about them – that the Q Link family cares about them,” said Asad.

The Lifeline Program was created in the 1980s during the Reagan administration to provide telephone service to qualified people across the U.S. who were unable to afford a phone line. During Hurricane Katrina, those landline phones were of little use for tens of thousands of displaced families. Shortly after, the Bush administration updated the Lifeline Program to include coverage for cell phone service.

Now, participants in the Lifeline Program who have Q Link service can leave their unsafe, flooded homes, and not have to worry about depleting their airtime. They will have cell service to make emergency calls, arrange for temporary housing, or to check on their family and friends’ whereabouts.

“Thanks to the free airtime we’re providing, our customers can call their families to let them know they’re okay. They can reach their neighbors to get help or to give help. It’s one less source of stress, so they can more quickly get back on their feet” said Mr. Asad.

About Q Link Wireless

Q Link Wireless, a Quadrant Holdings Company, is one of the nation’s leading providers of wireless voice and data service through the Lifeline Program. With more than 1.7 million customers, Q Link is wirelessly connecting people to the world around them, regardless of their income.

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