Executives at other California Lifeline Assistance companies must be stocking up on ulcer remedies right now, because Assurance Wireless just introduced the best plan in the free government cell phone business. The company’s new California customers will now get free unlimited talk, free unlimited texting, and of course, a free cell phone.
This is a huge leap forward in the free government cell phone business and allows Assurance to leapfrog past its California competitors. Four companies currently compete in the California Lifeline market — Assurance Wireless, Budget Mobile, ReachOut Wireless and Telscape. Assurance’s revolutionary FREEdom Plan offers low-income Californians far more than any of the other companies’ plans.
Specifically, Budget’s best California plan offers 1000 free minutes and unlimited texts. And Telscape’s California plan includes 1000 free minutes and 200 free texts. And ReachOut’s California plan offers 250 monthly minutes for $2.50 (not exactly the textbook definition of a “free government cell phone”.
Assurance’s new California FREEdom Plan replaces the prior plan that offered Lifeline customers 250 free voice minutes and 250 free text messages per month.
What happens to Californians who are signed up for that “old” plan? They’ll be migrated to the new California FREEdom Plan. Unless they choose to stick with their existing plan (and we can’t figure out a logical reason to do that), they’ll automatically begin receiving the unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texts every month.
This is sure to come in handy for millions of struggling Californians. Nearly 1.5 million Californians currently find themselves unemployed and nearly 30% live in poverty. Those unlimited minutes will undoubtedly help them contact potential employers and land jobs that will elevate them off the poverty rolls, help them arrange for better family housing, make it easier to stay in touch with family and friends, and simplify conversations with medical professionals.
Californians can consider themselves lucky, and not just because of the sunny weather. Assurance does business in 40 states plus the District of Columbia and although the company is also enhancing its offers in all those markets, none of the other plans are as generous as the California FREEdom Plan. Assurance customers in other states will also get unlimited texts, but they’ll continue to get just 250 free voice minutes every month instead of the unlimited minutes Californians will now begin receiving.
This isn’t the industry’s first unlimited talk and text plan. Others are offered by a few small companies in a few small states (Oklahoma and Alaska), but Assurance is the first major Lifeline company to make the unlimited talk and text offer. We give them a lot of credit for doing it in a big way by offering it in the state with the most people living below the poverty level.
Of course, nothing changes about how you qualify for a free cell phone, free unlimited minutes and free unlimited texts: Californians may qualify for Assurance Wireless if they already participate in at least one public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, Medi-Cal or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also qualify if your household income is at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines.
Let us summarize this as clearly as we can:
If you live in California and if you qualify for the Lifeline Assistance program, you MUST check out Assurance Wireless’ FREEdom Plan. It’s the best free government cell phone program in the country.