500 & 1,000 Minute Plans Also Available
Assurance Wireless is one of the newer companies offering free cell phones through the federal Lifeline Assistance program, and it’s growing rapidly because it is a subsidiary of Virgin Mobile, which itself is a subsidiary of Sprint/Nextel. In fact, our research shows it is the fastest growing Lifeline cell phone company.
If you qualify, and requirements vary from state to state, you will get an Assurance phone and 250 minutes of airtime and 250 text messages with the Assurance Wireless program at absolutely no cost. If 250 minutes are not enough, you can get more minutes for a low monthly fee, or more minutes can be added as needed with Virgin Mobile Top-Up cards, available from thousands of retailers nationwide.
The Assurance cell phone is currently available in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. And, as with their competitors, they’ll be coming soon to other states across the country.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility requirements for an Assurance phone and minutes often vary slightly from state to state, but you probably qualify for a phone from the company if you participate in Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP, General Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP, LIHEAP & E-HEAP), The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSDI) or possibly some other public assistance programs.
If you are not on a government assistance program that is Lifeline-approved for your state, you can still qualify if your household income meets certain government guidelines in your area — namely, if it is at our below 135-150% (may vary upon state) of the federal poverty level. Submit your Assurance Wireless application online or via mail to see if you qualify.
Features and Plans
Assurance Wireless phones are modern mobile phones with a wide range of standard features such as voicemail, call waiting and caller id. The basic plan is a free phone and 250 free minutes plus 250 domestic messages (text, IM and emails) each month (unused minutes do not rollover into the next month). If you need additional services they’re available at very reasonable prices. For example, for just $5 per month you will receive: 500 voice minutes and 500 texts. For just $20 per month you will receive 1,000 voice minutes and 1,000 texts. For $30 a month you’ll get unlimited voice, text and web.
Be Sure to Compare Assurance Wireless with Other Options in Your State
Assurance Wireless is just one of the many Lifeline Cell Phone providers in your state. Some states have over a dozen cell phone providers to choose from. Plans and phone choices often vary substantially between providers and you owe it to yourself to look at them all. To begin your comparison shopping, please go to our States page and click on your state.
Contact Assurance Wireless
P.O. Box 686
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Further Reading on Assurance Wireless
- Assurance Wireless News
- What other choices are there than Assurance Wireless?
- How to add Assurance Wireless Minutes
- Assurance Wireless Reviews
- What Assurance Wireless Plans are Available?
- What’s asked in the Assurance Wireless Application?
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