Assurance Wireless Expands into Ohio with Lifeline Free Phones Service

People in Ohio who are facing tough economic times received a little bit more help this month, as Assurance Wireless became the second provider of no-cost Lifeline cell phones to the poor there. The Buckeye State becomes the 25th state, plus the District of Columbia, to approve service from this Sprint/Nextel company.

Under these government programs, low income and otherwise needy Americans are able to receive a mobile phone and monthly minutes for free. The program has become a huge success, now helping an estimated 6-8 million people in need across the country, and in Puerto Rico.

Previously, only Safelink Wireless was certified in Ohio to provide free cell phones and up to 250 free minutes under the Lifeline/Link-Up government assistance program. But the heat is on for Safelink; just last week we published a story on how Assurance Wireless is gaining on Safelink Wireless at a rapid pace.

As is standard with these wireless companies who offer Lifeline phones, the recipient gets voice-mail, Caller ID, and of course access to 911. Other services like text messaging are international dialing are available for a fee.

If text messaging is important, be sure to take a look at Safelink Wireless as they offer some limited text messaging at no cost.

Residents of Ohio qualify for a Lifeline phone if their Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if they are already participating in one of the following programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Free National School Lunch Program (NSL)
  • General Assistance/Disability Assistance
  • Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI)
  • Ohio Works First or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

We’d like to hear from anyone regarding their experiences with either of these companies. Please leave a comment below.


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  1. Lisa says

    I currently have Safelink but I am switching to Assurance ASAP! They offer 250 voice minutes & 250 texts each month! Safelink only offers at max 250 mins which are used up by both calls & texts. Assurance also sells additional time for a fraction of the cost that Safelink charges. Assurance has way more options too, you can pay $5.00 a month and double your minutes (500 voice & 500 text). You can pay $30.00/mo for UNLIMITED voice, text, and web!!!! GO WITH ASSURANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ms. woods says

    I would like to know if assurance or reach out will start an outreach program? This is so that they can cover all ground, people who does not have access to computers, And to reach out to the people…

  3. Eleanor M Kinney says

    My son lives in Columbus Ohio 43206 He has no computer and cannot find a phone number for safelink or assurance. He is on disability, unable to work and makes right below the pay limit allowed. He lives alone and rents. He needs a phone. He needs a phone number to reach the company. You can email me in VA and I shall pass it on. I thanks you so much.

  4. Kyle Hettinger says

    I recently switched my cell phone provider to assurance wireless. This is a real good deal 500 minutes for only $5.00. I usually don’t use more than 450 minutes a month.

    Thank you for suggesting Assurance

  5. nancy says

    how do I apply…I can not find the application for assurance on line or a phone number to contact them, thanks, nancy

  6. Patricia Milhoan says

    Checking on phone servcie for sister and brother-in-law
    They are low income and recieve food stamps and he is
    unemployed. Can they get a cell phone. Also, I heard that
    there is a land line available for $10.00 a month. Is that
    Thank you for you help

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      Hi Patricia,

      Just being on food stamps alone is enough to get one phone for the a household. Read the three articles on this page to learn about the program:

      Then, look up your state on this list to find the particular vendors:

      Yes, there is also a program for landlines. The Link-Up program helps pay for the installation and the Lifeline Assiatance program pays $10 per month (might vary state to state. For landlines, I believe you can call any landline provider, like AT&T or whoever it is.