The San Jose Mercury News should change its name to the San Jose Mercury Good News.
The Silicon Valley newspaper just reported that Assurance Wireless has just been approved to offer free cell phones in California. And that is good news, indeed, for low-income residents of the nation’s largest state.
We previously reported that ReachOut Wireless had been approved to offer Lifeline Assistance, the free government cell phone program, in the Golden State but we can now report that the state’s Public Utility Commission has also approved Assurance. That means California’s needy can now choose between two of the largest and fast growing companies competing in the free government cell phone arena.
Both companies offering free cell phones plus 250 voice minutes and 250 text messages per month. But remember, this program is open only to those who can prove that they are eligible.
“We are very excited by this,” the Mercury News quotes Bevan Dufty, the head of San Francisco’s homeless initiatives as saying. “It will help people move forward. It will empower them, and we in San Francisco are going to be a model city for this program.”
According to the United States Census Bureau, California has the nation’s highest poverty rate, with 23.5% of its residents living below Federal government poverty guidelines. It’s shocking to realize that the state is home to just 12% of the American population, but 34% of the nation’s welfare recipients.
The free government cell phone program is going to prove a godsend to these people.
For example, Romonica Grayson, a Sunnydale resident, says a free government cell phone will change her life in many positive ways.
“Everything will be different now,” Grayson said. “I can finally be sure I will be able to get ahold of people to do what I need to do in a timely fashion.”
Do you qualify for a free government cell phone? See the full list of qualifying programs on our California state page.
Wecome to California, Assurance. Now get out there and sign up all those needy Californians.
Source: Mercury News (link expired)