Assist Wireless is a recent entry into the Lifeline Assistance free cell phone marketplace. They’ve begun by offering service in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri and Oklahoma. The lifeline phones are completely free in Arkansas and Maryland, and as is similar to other vendors in the state, the phone and service costs as little as $1 a month in Oklahoma.
Assist Wireless Plans in Arkansas, Maryland and Missouri
You will get 250 free voice minutes and 250 texts per month. Unused minutes do not roll into the next month. (The plans used to provide 1,000 minutes and 1,000 texts, but have recently been downgraded.)
The Assist Wireless Oklahoma Plan
Oklahoma Lifeline 1000 Plan
Get 1000 monthly voice minutes or 1000 text messages for only $1.00 per month plus fees and taxes. Text messages, incoming or outgoing, will be charged one minute per message. No roll over minutes.
Oklahoma (Tribal) Lifeline 1,000 Voice and 1,000 Text Plan
The days of Oklahoma providing unlimited talk and texts are over on June 8th, 2016, due to an FCC decision to reduce reimbursements for those who will not longer be designated as living on tribal lands.
The new base Tribal plan will be $1 a month, and will still give you a whooping 1,000 minutes and 1,000 texts. In addition, they are throwing in (a measly) 25MB of data.
But, up that rate to $3 a month, and you’ll get unlimited talk and text, plus 50MB of data. Now that’s still a great deal! If you need more data, you can get it for a higher monthly rate.
Oklahoma (Non-Tribal) Plan
The FCC decision has reinterpreted what is tribal land and what is not in Oklahoma, and the new designations will come into effect on June 8, 2016. If you are not on tribal land, you will only get 250 minutes and 250 texts for free. If you can pay $1 a month, you will get 300 minutes and 300 texts, plus 30MB of data. Spring for $4.95 a month and Assist Wireless will give you 500 minutes of talk and 500 texts, texts, plus a still small but more reasonable 150MB of data.
They offer better plans for even higher monthly rates, but they are not cheap enough to include here.
How to Qualify for Assist Wireless
You probably qualify if:
(1) You already participate in another State or Federal assistance program such as food stamps, public housing, or Medicaid (and others). Each state page on our site has the eligibility criteria.
(2) Your household income is at or below 135% to 150% of the poverty level according to your state and/or the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
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