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Budget Mobile Announces Sacramento Store Opening

New Retail Location to Provide Free Phones and Wireless Service to Families in Need

SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Budget Prepay, Inc., d/b/a Budget Mobile, will open its first full service retail store today in Sacramento at 2407 Northgate Boulevard. Budget offers free wireless services and phones to qualified customers under the California LifeLine Program -- a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. Budget Mobile currently operates 16 customer service kiosks in the state.

"This is an exciting day for Budget as we open the doors of our first California brick and mortar retail location," said Chris Holderman, Budget Mobile's Vice President of Sales, West Coast. "The stores give us a real connection to not only our customers, but to the communities we serve. We are committed to the city of Sacramento and to providing California LifeLine services to families that need assistance in this community."

The Sacramento location is the first of 14 full service retail, brick and mortar stores opening throughout California, including a second Sacramento site scheduled to open within the next 60 to 90 days.

"Budget will be hiring over 250 full and part-time employees as we expand our California operations, including 12 to 14 positions for both Sacramento locations," continued Holderman. "Hiring locally is paramount to our continued success and we welcome interested Sacramento applicants with backgrounds in sales and customer service."

Budget Mobile offers discounts to qualified customers who meet certain eligibility requirements such as government assistance or a household income that is 150 percent below the federal poverty level. LifeLine is non-transferable, limited to one per household -- landline or wireless -- and cannot be combined with any other LifeLine offering.

Eligible California LifeLine customers will receive a FREE mobile phone with full talk and text capabilities, along with one of the following Budget Mobile "California Connect" service plans:

  • California Connect – 1000 minutes and unlimited texts for FREE every month
  • California Connect Unlimited – Unlimited talk and text for $17.60/month (after LifeLine discount is applied)
  • California Connect Unlimited Plus – Unlimited talk and text, plus 3GB of data for $27.60/month (after LifeLine discount is applied)

The Sacramento store marks Budget's 49th full service retail store location in the United States. California residents interested in learning more about LifeLine by Budget Mobile can visit the Sacramento location or log on to http://www.budgetmobile.com/california/.

About Budget Mobile
Budget Mobile is a subsidiary of Budget PrePay, Inc., one of the industry's largest prepaid telecommunication corporations, providing a range of communication services to approximately 850,000 individuals and families nationwide. Based in Shreveport, LA, Budget currently operates 49 corporate owned stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.budgetmobile.com.

About LifeLine
The Budget Prepay, Inc., d/b/a Budget Mobile, offerings are a California LifeLine supported service. Only eligible consumers may enroll in the program and proof of eligibility documentation is necessary for enrollment. Eligibility is based on participation in a government assistance program or a household income below 150% of the federal poverty level. LifeLine is limited to one benefit per household, consisting of either landline or wireless service. LifeLine service is non-transferable. LifeLine is a government benefit program. Consumers who willingly make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program. Coverage limitations such as weather, signal strength and service outages may affect wireless mobile phone service, quality or access to E-911 and/or 911 in the event of an emergency. For more information on eligibility and the terms and conditions of the California LifeLine program, go to http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/Public+Programs/ults.htm.

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