You’ll sometimes see the name of this company listed as American Assistance and sometimes as American Broadband & Telecommunications. Even the Federal Communications Commission website uses one when it should use the other. So let us clear up any confusion right up front:
American Assistance is the brand name of the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone program offered by American Broadband & Telecommunications.
We hope that helps clear up some potential confusion.
Now let’s move on to more information on the American Assistance program itself.
First of all, American Assistance is currently making free government cell phones available to eligible Americans in Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
If you qualify, you can get a free cell phone, 500 free monthly minutes and 500 free text messages. Qualified applicants will receive free caller ID, free call waiting, free 3-way calling, free voicemail. And American Assistance points out that it has no monthly bills, no contracts, no money down and no purchase necessary.
Additional Minutes and Texts Plans
If 500 minutes of talk and 500 texts per month aren’t enough to cover your communications needs, or you need a some data, American Assistance also offers you the opportunity to purchase additional voice minutes, text messages, and add data to your plan. You will find all those option on their website. However, we have to warn you that the pricing for these add-ons are very expensive. So you should make sure to take a look at all the providers serving your state first before you sign up if you are going to need add ons.
Are You Eligible?
Eligibility requirements for an American Assistance phone and Lifeline service often vary slightly from state to state, but you probably qualify for a phone from the company if you participate in any of the following government aid programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
If you are not on a government assistance program that is Lifeline-approved for your state, you can still qualify if your household income meets certain government guidelines in your area — namely, if it is at our below 135-150% (may vary upon state) of the federal poverty level. Submit your Assurance Wireless application online or via mail, or call the Assurance Wireless phone number to see if you qualify.
Compare American Assistance with Other Companies in Your State
American Assistance is just one of the many Lifeline cell phone comapnies in your state. Plans and phone choices often vary substantially between providers and you owe it to yourself to check them all out. To begin your comparison shopping, please see our phone providers by state page and click on your state.
PO Box 577
Toledo, OH 43604
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