Eligible low-income residents of Georgia now have another choice in receiving a free cell phone and 250 minutes of service monthly, compliments of the federal government’s Lifeline program. This month, Assurance Wireless, a subsidiary of Virgin Mobile, has joined Safelink Wireless and ReachOut Wireless to provide these free phones in Georgia.
More than 104,000 Georgia residents are currently without a job. Assurance Wireless gives eligible customers the ability to provide a contact number and return calls to a prospective employer, which, studies show, can improve the chances of securing employment as well as provide a simple way to stay connected to family in case of emergencies.
“With more than 16.5 percent of Georgians living below the federal poverty line 2, it’s clear that the state’s economic crisis has had an impact on residents’ ability to find work and pay monthly bills,” said Gary Carter, Manager for National Partnerships for Assurance Wireless. “As a Georgia resident myself, I am excited at the prospect of helping residents here stay connected with potential employers and ultimately get back on their feet.”
You most likely qualify for a free cell phone from Assurance Wireless if you participate in Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP, Social Security Income (SSI), or other government aid programs, or if your household income meets certain government guidelines in your area.
Assurance Wireless is currently available in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. And they’ll be coming soon to other states across the country.
Source: The Street