Assurance Wireless Phones – Free Cell Phone Plans

By | September 10, 2012

Assurance Wireless phones, are one of the major providers, in the Lifeline Assistance program. Lifeline provides discount services to low-income families. They offer cellular 250 talk and texts   every month.  These are added automatically with no cost to you.  However, if you want to go beyond the 250-month minutes, you can purchase airtime and text time for as low as $5 per month.  They also provide inexpensive unlimited  plans. In addition, you can buy Virgin Mobile Top-Up cards from multiple retail locations across the country or online with a credit card or PayPal.

If you believe you may be qualified, read the post on, How to Prove Eligibility.   Assurance, is one of the most well known providers, working with this government subsidy program.  They get a small fee for each person who enrolls for assistance.  They also make money, whenever someone, upgrades or purchases more air time.

Assurance Wireless Phones and Lifeline

Assurance, provides disadvantages customers with low-cost and free cellular services, because of the FFC funded Lifeline program.  Lifeline has been providing discounts for these services for eligible low-income customers since 1985.  Everyone needs to have the security that comes with the ability to make a phone call, when necessary.  Before 1985, Lifeline provided phone services for land lines.   As the telecommunications field is growing services have become cheaper, still there are people who cannot afford even basic  services.  Good to know help is available.

How to Qualify for Assurance Service

Many people may feel that because they are working, they are not eligible for a government phone.  This could not be further from the truth!  There are many working 40 or more hours a week, and still live below the federal poverty standards.  So if you have a job and feel you may be able to get this help, please read,How to Apply and Qualify.”  Actually, eligibility is not determined by whether you work ; but by your gross family.  If your total family income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, your family can receive help.

You will  qualify if you are receiving:

  • WIC
  • Section 8
  • Medicaid
  • Work First
  • SNAPs/Food Stamps
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Low Income Energy
  • National Free lunch
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

If you believe you qualify, check out this site to find what Lifeline providers are servicing your state, go to their website and apply.  You will need to provide proof of your financial status with, recent payroll stubs, letter from social services, or w-2 statement.   If you are approved, you will be notified by email or regular mail.

Program Benefits

You will receive one  phone and 250 minutes each month.  Once your activate your service, you receive your minutes monthly.  You also receive nationwide service, caller ID, call waiting, 911 and free customer service.

  • If you want to add air time, you can purchase $5, $20.
  • For 500 additions minutes, cost is $5  month.
  • For an additional 750 minutes and text-messaging  month, the cost is $20.New Monthly Purchasing Plans

 The most cost-effective plan would be unlimited talk, text, and the Internet for $30 a month.  This is one of the cheapest plans around. You don’t have to worry about overages again!    For $20 a month, you can get an additional 1000 talk and text messages, along with your basic  25 minutes and texts, for a total of 1250-minute talk and texts.    For an $20 a month, you can purchase an extra 750 talk and text messages, along with your free 250 minutes and texts, for and more 1000 talk and texts.  You can get an additional 500 minute and text messages for a mere $5 each month.

How to Apply:  To register, go to the Assurance Wireless website and download and application or call their toll-free number to request an application be mailed to you. Your application must be accompanied by proof of income, by submitting, current payment stubs, W-2 forms, or certification from the program you are receiving assistance from.

If you have any questions about how to apply, qualify, add minutes or upgrade your service, please leave a comment, and we will answer and comments or concerns you have.

Call or visit:
Assurance
1-888-321-5880
Start application process HERE

Sooner or later you will run out of minutes, find out how to purchase minutes.

3 thoughts on “Assurance Wireless Phones – Free Cell Phone Plans

  1. colleen

    WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE FREE CELL PHONE.
    I AM A DISABLED SENIOR WHO RECEIVES FOOD STAMPS AND SSDI.

    Reply
    1. Pamela Lipscomb Post author

      Colleen, you qualify for the free cell phone. Look through the cell phone providers on this site and find one you like. Good luck!

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