Assurance Wireless Free Cell Phones

Free Phone, 250-500 minutes and UNLIMITED texts each month
IN CALIFORNIA: Unlimited Talk and Text!

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Assurance Wireless, a Sprint/Nextel company, 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.

If you qualify for an Assurance Wireless government phone, and requirements vary from state to state, you will get a free cell phone, at least 250-500 minutes of airtime and unlimited text messages at absolutely no cost. If up to 500 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.

Assurance Wireless is one of the biggest and fastest growing companies offering free cell phones through the federal Lifeline Assistance program, and it continues to grow rapidly because it is a subsidiary of Virgin Mobile, which itself is a subsidiary of Sprint/Nextel. They are the second largest company, behind Safelink Wireless. Although with their aggressive plans they’ve recently released, Safelink needs to be looking over their shoulder.

SPECIAL ALERT: Free cell phone & 500 free minutes (for the first 4 months) and unlimited free texts each month. After 4 months, you get 250 free voice minutes each month. You will continue to receive unlimited free texts each month for as long as you are eligible.

UNLIMITED IN CALIFORNIA: And residents of the nation’s most populous state get the best deal to be found anywhere: unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. Unbelievable, but true.

Are You 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 any of the following government aid programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
  • State assistance programs (check your state).

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 unlimited domestic text messages each month (unused minutes do not rollover into the next month). But there are specials, differences in some states, and additional plans you can purchase. Here’s the rundown:

California Plan: Unlimited voice and text.

Basic Plan: 250 free voice minutes and unlimited free texts.

Current Bonus: an extra 250 free voice minutes each month for the first 4 months of service.

Extra $5 per month: additional 250 voice minutes.
Extra $30 per month: add unlimited voice and web.

* Buy Virgin Mobile Top-Up cards from thousands of stores across the country. Or use credit, debit or PayPal.

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 see our phone providers by state page and click on your state.

Contact Assurance Wireless
Assurance Wireless
P.O. Box 686
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Further Reading on Assurance Wireless

Latest News on Assurance Wireless

How many free government cell phones are out there? Who are the biggest providers? - How many free government cell phones are out there? Ten million, twenty million? Who are the biggest Lifeline phone providers?
High demand for free phones meets high temperatures, chaos ensues - WOWT-TV reports that things got a little heated recently when Life Wireless tried to give free government cell phones to low income residents of Omaha, Nebraska.
High tech innovations stop fraud in free government cell phone program - Contractors like Life Wireless and its subcontractors have gone the extra mile to make sure only eligible individuals are processed for the phones.
Free cell phone competition heats up in Arizona: Life Wireless and Assurance Wireless now enter the fray - Life Wireless and Assurance Wireless have officially opened their doors in the Grand Canyon State and are now offering Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones to the state’s low-income residents.
Minnesota introduces fantastic new way to distribute free government cell phones - Life Wireless free government cell phones are now being distributed by FreePhoneMN in Minnesota through the public library system.


  1. Erasmus Darwin says

    I too received a letter indicating I had more than one account. You will get no satisfaction other than venting and lowering your blood pressure. I do have a suggestion – this program is supervised by Universal Service Administrative Program – their reps are A+++. They will really look into your concerns. Another possibility is two voice your complaint to FCC (Federal Communications Commission. Individually you will make little difference I imagine but collectively when Congress has to re-finance the program – a pile of our complaints might turn the tide. So thank you for posting your concern – I share your frustration. Oh USC website is

  2. loretta phillips says

    I notified you guys that I lost my Obama phone and need a replacement but it keeps asking for my password and I forgot it I need my replacement phone immediately please

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      It won’t help to tell us, you need to contact Assurance Wireless. We are not affiliated with any cell phone company.

  3. mark daume says

    When I call with a Q, the automated system says “enter your phone number.” As soon as I enter the first digit, the system says “please try your call again later.” The system also tells to call from an Assurance wireless phone. The one that I have, in fact, is the only phone I have. And, yes, it is an Assurance wireless phone. I guess I’ll get one of those Walmart phones. As long as they’re not Assurance. Oh, one more thing. I was told that I received more than the allowed number of phones per household. Not true.

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