Assurance Wireless Lifeline Cell Phone Service


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Assurance Wireless is the second largest and the fastest growing national Lifeline Assistance cell phone carrier operating in the United States.  Assurance Wireless currently provides free government cell phones in 29 states and the District of Columbia.  Virgin Mobile, a subsidiary of Sprint Nextel, oversees the Assurance Wireless program.

The Assurance Wireless program offers eligible users a free cell phone and 250 free local or long distance minutes every month. If 250 minutes is not enough time, users are free to pay a small monthly fee (not required) to purchase up to 750 additional minutes a month.  Users even have the option of adding text messaging plans for an additional fee to add SMS messaging capabilities to the service.  Fees for additional voice minute and text service are:

Additional Minutes:

  • $5 for an additional 250 voice minute package
  • $20 for an additional 750 minute and 1,000 text message package
  • 10 cents per minute with no package

Additional Text Messages

  • $5 for 200 text message package
  • 10 cents per text message sent or received without a text message package

In order to qualify for the Assurance Wireless program, you should first determine if Assurance Wireless is currently available in your state, review the eligibility requirements for your state, fill out an application, and submit the application with any supporting documentation necessary.

Assurance Wireless is able to provide free cell phones and cell phone service to over a million Americans every month, because of a government subsidy Virgin Mobile receives from the federal government.  The federal government through the Universal service Fund gives Virgin Mobile 10 USD per subscriber per month to cover the cost of the free cell phone service.  Virgin Mobile receives an additional subsidy from the government to cover the cost of the cell phone (about 10-15 USD).  However, Virgin Mobile must cover advertising and administrative costs that they incur promoting and overseeing the Assurance Wireless program.

Virgin Mobiles’ goals aren’t restricted to just altruism.  They make additional money from users who buy optional cell phone minutes and text messaging services.  Their ultimate goal, however, is to retain Lifeline Assistance program users and transfer them to more lucrative plans when their financial situation improves.  Of course there is not a mandatory aspect of the free cell phone program.

Assurance Wireless Free Cell Phone Eligibility

Sound good so far?  Interested in learning how to Apply?  The first step to apply for the Assurance Wireless program is to determine if Assurance Wireless currently offers free government cell phones in your state.

Assurance Wireless currently operates in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  Please visit our Assurance Wireless State Eligibility Criteria page to learn state specific program requirements in each state.

Unfortunately, if you do not live in one of these states you do not qualify for Assurance Wireless.  That being said, you should regularly visit this site, because Assurance Wireless is aggressively expanding and we update our site often.

Assurance Wireless’ eligibility requirements varies some what from state to state.  So you should check your state’s specific eligibility requirements before applying.  That being said, Assurance Wireless’ eligibility requirements loosely follow federal guidelines.  So there is a good chance that if you participate in Food Stamps/SNAP, Social Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, or other government or state assistance programs you will qualify for a free government cell phone from Assurance Wireless.  If you participate in a state assistance program, check the eligibility requirements for your state to see if your program participation qualifies you for an Assurance Wireless phone.

If you do not participate in any of the federal or state assistance programs listed above, you can still qualify under the income guidelines.

In order to qualify for an Assurance Wireless phone, your household income must be below or up to 135% of federal poverty guidelines (some states allow up to 150% of the federal poverty guidelines).  Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas all use the 150% federal poverty level guideline.

Below You will find the 135% figures for the Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2012.  In order to calculate the 150% figures for Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas multiple the numbers below by 1.11.

Size of
Family Unit
48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
Alaska Hawaii
1 $15,080 $18,860 $17,361
2 20,426 25,452 23,504
3 25,772 32,225 29,646
4 31,118 38,907 35,789
5 36,464 45,590 41,931
6 41,810 52,272 48,074
7 47,156 58,955 54,216
8 52,502 65,637 60,359
For each additional
person, add
5,346 6,683 6,143

These requirements change from time to time.  So it is best to check your state’s specific eligibility requirements before applying.

If your Assurance Wireless application is based on income eligibility, you must provide a copy of last year’s state or federal income tax return or three consecutive months of your most current pay stubs, Social Security benefit statements, Veteran Administration benefits statements, retirement benefits statement, divorce decree or child support document, or unemployment/workers Compensation benefits statement.

You will have to submit supporting documents for your income and/or assistance program participation.  So make sure not to forget these documents in your application if they are required.  Failure to include them will jeopardize your application to Assurance Wireless.

In addition to the above requirements, you must also have a valid home mailing address.  The cell phone will arrive by mail and Assurance Wireless will not ship the cell phone to a post office box.  Lastly, only one Lifeline Assistance phone is allowed per household.  So if you already have Lifeline Assistance subsidized phone service (land line or cell phone) you can not qualify for Assurance Wireless.  You will have to cancel your existing service before applying to Assurance Wireless.

If you meet all of the requirements set out above, you can download an Assurance Wireless application and submit it by mail to the address stated in the application.  You can also submit the application by FAX.

Ready to apply for Assurance Wireless?  Please visit out Assurance Wireless application section for instructions and links to each state’s application form.

Assurance Wireless Application Guide

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Free Government Cell Phones

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You can get more information on Assurance Wireless at:
www.assurancewireless.com
Assurance Wireless
P.O. Box 686
Parsippany, NJ 07054
1-888-898-4888
Email: ourteam@assurancewireless.com