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. tana says

    How can i check voicemail and text messages from a different phone until im able to get it due to i left my phone at my fathers cabin up north?

  2. agnes powlette says

    i am unemployed and homeless i have an address that i get mail at only i need a phone to find a job so i will eventually get an apartment when i try to recertify i couldnt i need my phone please help

  3. Javier Mancheno says

    I was given a cell phone by sprint,one week later it was taken away.
    I sent an e-mail to them explaining that even though I do not receive food stamps
    I am beneficiary of Medicaid ( it makes you ellegible for getting the cell so they
    connected again) because I got medical expenses completely paid.
    On the 15 of August they interrupted the service again,but this time it said that
    on the 26 of August these minutes will be reimbursed,the 26 already passed and
    there is another information that I’ll be reimbursed on September 26th.
    There is no explanation for that and no body help.

    Can You ?

  4. Maura Ghedini says

    For the past 2 months I have had no free minutes. There is now an ongoing clerical error.
    Only once last week was I able to reach an actual rep. in person and she could see that after I reapplied I had been approved. This week I received a letter telling me someone else in my household gets the free phone.
    There is no one else, there never has been since the 3 years that I have received this service.
    I have had a most frustrating time with the automated replies that think I am someone else.
    Here are the facts:
    my name is Maura **** my Assurance phone # is 1-774-216-****
    until Nov. 2013 I lived at ****, Wellfleet, Ma. 02667
    As of Nov. 2013 I moved to ****, Wellfleet, Ma. 02667
    In spring 2014 I never received my re-certification notice. When I figured that problem out, I reapplied. Once by phone and once by mail with all the same information.
    When I try to get new minutes on it while I wait for the reconnection to the free program.
    Please attend to this, I feel unsafe without a cell phone, I am a senior driving an old car.
    I share a space in my landlady’s house, so we share the landline, it is 1-508-349-**** it is in her name: Annie **** (I think the system is going bonkers on this).
    Is there no less public way to reach you online?????????

    • Free Government Cell Phones says

      These are public comments and not suitable for submitting personal information. And we’re not Assurance Wireless. You need to contact them; their contact info is near the bottom of the article above.

  5. Dan Brueske says

    I’ve applied to Assurance wireless twice in the last 2 months. I was told on the second application that I was approved for a Samsung Galaxy with sliding keyboard or a blackberry phone. To date I have not received either. WTF ?

  6. michelle says

    Ok I applied for assurance and I was reading about the free phone and it says that they dont provide a free phone, but on here they do, so what is it? And assurance had already approve me, so where is the phone? Will they mail it to me?

  7. Tracy Getz says

    My Assurance wireless phone is broke I tried called all numbers listed to find out what I can do to get a new phone or even buy one and get my service moved over. COuld not reach anyone on the phone. HELP!!

  8. ollie ruble says

    i have a free cell phone service i received thru your company i got a message that i will lose service as of sept 11 i am 80 years old this is the only long distance i have what do i need to do thank you

  9. Carlos says

    I have a cellphone I’ve had for a while now but I can’t afford to pay it do any of these companies add service to a phone you already have? Or do I just use whatever phone they give me? Thanks

  10. Ida says

    My mom lost her phone. How can we go by getting a new one? Should we re-apply for a new one or will you replace the old one? Please let us know.
    Thank you!!

  11. Ruby Farrar says

    I have not received my replacement phone I was told that it had been mailed out to me,in the area I live it is possible that it was taken out of the mail box.
    Should you send another phone to me would you please send me a flip phone? the open face phones can accidently hit buttons and I lose minutes.

    I thank you for all that you are doing to help people.


    Ruby Farrar

  12. TALAL HADDAD says

    I send an application in post since three weeks ago with SNAP . and also send it by fax. tell now their is now answer . could advise me what to do ….thaks very much…..

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