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					Media Contacts:         Cecilia Santana, cecilia@interlexusa.com, 646 326 7956
                        Rolando Rodriguez, rolando@interlexusa.com, 210 316 0744

              TracFone Wireless Launches SafeLink Wireless® to Aid
                 1.5 Million Low-Income Households in New York
    Participants Receive Over an Hour of Free Talk Time Monthly and Free Wireless Cell Phone

       NEW YORK - Today, TracFone Wireless, Inc., America’s leading prepaid cell
phone provider, announced its launch of SafeLink Wireless® in New York. 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.

“More than 1.5 million households in New York 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 Jose Fuentes,
Director of Government Relations 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 Fuentes. 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.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Lifeline program in 1984
and worked to update the service after the crises of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, as well as
the tragedy of September 11. At the dawn of the 21st century, modern universal
telephone service is necessary not only to ensure that the U.S. maintains a rapid, efficient,
nationwide communications network, it is important for the purpose of national defense
and to promote safety of life and property. By approving the SafeLink Wireless program,
the FCC took action to enhance its Lifeline program and keep the right to communicate
in pace with technology.

The Funding of Lifeline

Lifeline is part of the Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund (USF), which
is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and is
designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income
customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. 1700 carriers are eligible to provide


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the program but TracFone is the first pre-paid company to have elevated the program to
modern day communications.

The Lifeline program is not funded from federal taxpayer dollars, but rather from
contributions to the USF by telecommunications carriers collected in part from the
Universal Service Charge billed to cell phone users. Instead of a discount on the user's
monthly bill, SafeLink applies the USF subsidy to free wireless minutes. Although a
common misconception, TracFone provides the free wireless cell phone to the
SafeLink program at the company’s expense, in order to make the program viable and
attractive.

SAFELINK WIRELESS® SERVICE ELIGIBILITY OVERVIEW BY CITY

Top 10 New York state counties with the most eligible Lifeline participants:
 CITY                                            LOW-INCOME POPULATION
  Kings                                                                      285,357
  Bronx                                                                      186,871
  New York                                                                   181,593
  Queens                                                                     174,661
  Suffolk                                                                     54,883
  Nassau                                                                      48,286
  Onondaga                                                                    48,251
  Richmond                                                                    34,418
  Oneida                                                                      27,076
  Broome                                                                      26,015

Program Eligibility

Lifeline program eligibility in the state of New York consists of the following:

    •   Family Assistance
    •   Safety Net Assistance
    •   Food Stamps
    •   Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
    •   Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    •   Medicaid
    •   Veteran's Disability Pension (non-service related disability)
    •   Veteran's Surviving Spouse Pension ( non-service related disability)

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

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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-SAFELINK (1-800-723-3546), or visit www.safelink.com.

ABOUT TRACFONE WIRELESS, INC.
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 América
Móvil, 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:
www.tracfone.com.
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