Assurance Wireless Free Cell Phones
Phone and 250 minutes each month
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 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. In fact, we’ve thoroughly covered this subject on our page, Assurance Wireless Minutes.
The Assurance cell phone is currently available in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, 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‚Äôs 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.
For further information on the exact rules for your state, please go to our state guidelines page, click on your state, and read the exact criteria.
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 total voice minutes per month (250 Free Minutes + 250 Minutes). For just $20 per month you will receive 1,000 total voice minutes per month (250 free minutes + 750 additional minutes) + 1,000 texts per month.
We have much more detailed information on the Assurance Wireless plans in our FAQ.
Contact Assurance Wireless:
P.O. Box 686
Parsippany, NJ 07054