Good news for more than 106,000 Arkansas residents who are currently without a job — there is now one more cell phone company in the state that can provide a free cell phone and free minutes to residents in need. But eligibility extends beyond just the unemployed. Basically, if you are on any government assistance program already, you will qualify for the free cell phone.
Assurance Wireless, a company of Virgin Mobile, has now joined its competitors Safelink Wireless and Reachout Wireless in Arkansas state. That makes 23 states and D.C., for Assurance, a company on the move.
Qualifying customers will get a modern cell phone, 250 minutes of airtime for free. There are various plans available to increase the airtime. But at least this number of minutes will give you enough for emergency situations and dealing with prospective employers if you are job hunting. Basic services like voice mail, call waiting and caller id are included.
Customers eligible for Assurance Wireless plans include those who participate in Medicaid Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps/SNAP Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program. You may also qualify based on a low household income. For more specific details on qualifications, see Who qualifies for a free government cell phone?
Assurance Wireless is currently also available in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.