Get 250 minutes talk, unlimited texts and 3GB data
(And lucky California residents get unlimited talk and texts plus 3GB of data)
Access Wireless is quickly becoming one of the major players in the free government cell phone business. They currently offer the Lifeline Assistance program in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
If you live in one of those states, we’d say Access Wireless is definitely a company to consider.
Access Wireless is the brand name of the Lifeline service provided by i-wireless. Please be aware that there are three different Lifeline Assistance providers doing business under VERY similar names. In addition to Access Wireless provided by i-wireless, there’s iWireless in Iowa and Cincinnati Bell’s i-Wireless (which dropped out of the free government cell phone business as of July 1, 2014).
The specifics of the Access Wireless program
As with most free government cell phone programs in most states, Access Wireless service is absolutely free if you’re eligible. In all states other than California (which has a better plan), you’ll get a free cell phone, at least 250 voice minutes, unlimited texts per month, and 3GB of data. The minutes can be used for local or domestic long distance calling and text messaging. There are a variety of plans, based upon your state and potentially what you are looking for. Here’s how it breaks down:
Access Wireless provides customers with a free monthly allotment of minutes/text messages or data each month. You may also receive a mobile phone free of charge. Once you are an approved customer, you have the option to upgrade your phone and add to your plan.
The basic Lifeline Plan (available in every other state EXCEPT California)
- Minutes: 250
Data: 3 GB
The California Lifeline Plan
- Minutes: Unlimited
Access Top-Up Plans
- The $5 Top-Up: You get 250 minutes of talk, unlimited texting, 250MB of data PLUS 10 Mb bonus for six months
The $10 Top-Up: You get 500 minutes of talk, unlimited texting, 500 Mb PLUS 10 Mb bonus for six months
The $25 Top-Up: You get unlimited talk, unlimited texting, 2GB data PLUS 10Mb bonus for six months.
The $35 Top-Up: You get Unlimited talk, unlimited texting, 3GB data PLUS 10Mb bonus for six months.
The $50 Top-Up: You get unlimited talk, unlimited texting, 3GB data PLUS 10Mb bonus for six months.
As with every other free government cell phone participant, Access Wireless says that service varies by state. Depending on individual state regulations, the number of minutes and other services offered may vary and the ways in which you can qualify may vary.
In general, it’s fair to say that you may qualify for if you participate in a number of the government assistance programs or if your household income is 135-150% of the federal poverty guidelines (the percentage varies by state).
Website: Access Wireless
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