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T.I. Backed Startup Launches Free Mobile Service for Low-Income Communities

T.I. Backed Startup Launches Free Mobile Service for Low-Income Communities

Moolah Mobile, a T.I. backed startup that turns Android devices into advertising platforms, has partnered with SurgePhone Wireless to launch a free wireless service for low-income communities, reports Black Enterprise.

In a recent press release, Moolah Mobile says that with this partnership it will provide free talk, text and data to an estimated 1 million users in select U.S. states by subsidizing their wireless bill with income generated by Moolah Mobile on their smartphones. 

“Moolah Mobile’s goal is to use emerging tech to give more economic opportunities and resources to those who need them most,” Moolah Mobile CEO Vernell Woods said in a statement. “We’re very excited to partner with Surge in creating the first free wireless service for underserved communities.”

Right now, the company will first launch in Florida, Virginia, Georgia and Texas, with the goal to expand to different territories throughout the year. According to Black Enterprise, the way the partnership will work is that Surge will offer the service on its custom Google-Certified Surge Volt Android devices with Moolah install kits, and any user who wants to use their own smartphone will be given a SIM Starter Kit. 

Through the program, users will also be able to generative passive income by the native advertisements that Moolah Mobile will place on their home screens. The user will then be able to make money by opting in to take the surveys that come along with these ads. The money from these ads can go towards helping a user auto-pay their phone and utility bills, make purchases on Amazon or purchase a useful gift card. Moolah Mobile will also provide users with access to resources that focus on wealth management, education and career assistance. 

T.I., who is a strategic investor in Moolah Mobile, says that he decided to support the startup because “it’s one of the few tech companies I’ve seen who truly wants to help everyday people have access to technology.”