According to recent news reports, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is getting his state’s budget problems under control and its economy is turning around, but the Badger State still plenty of needy residents who will be happy to learn that Assurance Wireless is now doing business in the land of cheese.
Eligible residents can now receive a free government cell phone and 250 free voice minutes per month. This, of course, will be an immense aid in helping them land jobs, keep in touch with vital medical providers, and reduce the fear of being out of touch during other emergency situations.
In case you haven’t heard of Assurance Wireless, it’s one of the nation’s leading providers of free government cell phones under the Lifeline Assistance program.
Improved economy or not, the stats are startling and emphasize the need for the Lifeline Assistance program in the Badger State. More than 200,000 of its residents are still unemployed and a shocking 19% fall below the federal poverty line.
In an Assurance Wireless press release, Grace Boehm, the company’s Director of Strategy & Business Planning, said, “As Assurance Wireless has been approved to offer service in more states, we are proud to help more and more customers stay connected to potential employers, medical and childcare providers. We look forward to providing this same type of assistance to eligible Wisconsin residents who need support and resources during what continue to be rough economic times for many.”
The Lifeline Assistance program is funded by the Universal Service Fund, which was created to ensure that phone and internet services are available to low-income Americans at affordable prices. And in the case of cell phones, “affordable” means absolutely free.
To be eligible for a free government cell phone through Assurance Wireless you must already participate in Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP, Supplemental Security Income/SSI, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/TANF, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program/LIHEAP, Section 8 Housing or The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program (NSL). Even if you don’t participate in one of those programs, you can still qualify if your household income is low enough.
What, exactly, does the Assurance Wireless free government cell phone offer its customers? A lot more than you may have expected. You get a free cell phone, 250 free minutes per month, voice mail, call waiting, caller ID and 911 access in case of emergencies. You can purchase additional minutes, texting, international calling and more.
If you think you’re eligible, you can apply by calling Assurance Wireless or visiting their website.
Now that Assurance Wireless is available in Wisconsin, its service is now available in 32 states and territories — Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.