IN CALIFORNIA: Unlimited Talk and Text!
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, 250 minutes (500 minutes for the first four months) of airtime and unlimited text messages at absolutely no cost. If up 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.
Note that the during the first four months, new customers will receive double the minutes — 500 minutes per month. After that, your allowance goes back to 250 minutes.
THE CALIFORNIA FREEDOM PLAN: UNLIMITED TALK & TEXT — Residents of the nation’s most populous state get the best deal of all: unlimited minutes and unlimited texts, plus a free cell phone of course. Unbelievable, but true. The only other companies that provide unlimited voice and text is Budget Mobile and Tag Mobile, so be sure to check them out as well.
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.
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)
- 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, or call the Assurance Wireless phone number 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
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?