Assurance Wireless just leapfrogged past everyone else in the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone business by offering its customers much, much more.
The company serves low income Americans in 40 states plus the District of Columbia and we can’t help but say that its new Free Talk & Unlimited Text Plan is unlimited and unbelievable. Especially when you compare it to the plans offered by Assurance’s major competitors.
What are the new Assurance Wireless unlimited plans?
In California: New customers in California will now receive a free cell phone, unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texts every month.
Wait. Let’s pause for a moment and repeat that, because you may not have believed it the first time you read it: Assurance’s California FREEdom Plan includes a free cell phone, unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texts. It’s the best deal in the free government cell phone business anywhere in the country.
Assurance has also assured its current California customers that they will be added to the new unlimited plan on a rolling basis.
In all other states: New customers in 39 other states* plus the District of Columbia will now receive a free cell phone, 250 voice minutes, and unlimited texts each month. No, it’s not quite the incredible deal being offered in California, but it’s still big news in the Lifeline Assistance business. Current customers in those states will also be migrated to the new unlimited plan on a rolling basis.
States being offered the Free Talk & Unlimited Text plan are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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.
But Assurance isn’t done sweetening the pot for new customers in those 39 states and the District of Columbia. Anyone who enrolls by December 31, 2014 will also get 250 free bonus voice minutes during each of their first four months of service. That’s a total of 500 free voice minutes during each of those months. Beginning in the fifth month, they’ll continue to get unlimited text messages each month plus 250 free monthly voice minutes.
It’s all good for current Assurance Lifeline customers, too, because they’ll be switched over to the Free Talk & Unlimited Text plan on a rolling basis.
Assurance understands its customers
“For more than 25 years, the Lifeline program has provided support to low-income Americans to keep them connected through periods of financial hardship,” Grace Boehm, Assurance Wireless Director of Strategy & Business Planning said in a press release. “As more and more Americans choose wireless service to stay connected with employers, doctors, schools and families, we are pleased to provide additional service and ease their burden.”
What else comes with the new unlimited Assurance Wireless plans? Voicemail account, call waiting, caller ID and access to 911 in case of emergency.
Assurance seems to be doing everything it can to make things easier for its Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone customers. For example, Assurance makes it easy to move your existing cellphone numbers over to a new Assurance Wireless account. It also offers affordable data plans and international calling plans.
You may qualify for one of these great Assurance Wireless unlimited plans if you live in one of the areas they serve (40 states plus the District of Columbia). You may qualify if you currently participate in one or more state or federal assistance programs. And you may also qualify if your total household income falls at or below federal poverty guidelines.
As we said in our headline, these unlimited plans from Assurance Wireless are tantamount to a declaration of war in the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone business. Now we’ll just have to sit back and see how the other big competitors (Safelink Wireless, Budget Mobile, Life Wireless and ReachOut Wireless) fight back.