Assurance Wireless Free Cell Phone Service!
Wireless is a free cell phone service for eligible low income
households. It not only includes free monthly service, but
also a free phone. The Assurance program is actually offered
by Virgin Mobile, and is essentially a new brand that they launched to
support this government subsidized offer through the Lifeline program.
It's more than simply a new brand; it's a completely
different offer by Virgin Mobile
USA (which is part of the Sprint prepaid group).
launched on December 9, 2009 offering the program in North Carolina,
New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. The program has been
tremendously successful since then, and has expanded to numerous
states, so if you think you may qualify, you can link over to their
site (see the bottom of this page) to see if your state is currently
Many people have complained about the quality of the free
however, generally speaking the program success demonstrates that
people are overall pleased, and there are also options to activate
certain Virgin Mobile phones on this program.
- As of early 2016, Assurance now offers smartphones as an
option for California residents. This is a pilot program, so
expect it to expand to other states!
- As of May 2016, Sprint announced it is selling its
Assurance program to i-wireless to run under their Lifeline program,
Access Wireless. Sprint still owns 70% of the combined
company, however, will no longer manage it, or control daily
operations. There's no word yet as to when the Assurance
brand will be phased out, or any other material program changes, so
How do I qualify
There are a number of ways to qualify
for Virgin Mobile Assurance Wireless program. While
eligibility is different by state, if you participate in the following,
you're likely to qualify:
- Supplementary Security Income (SSI)
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Federal Public
Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- National School Lunch
Program's Free Lunch Program
have a household income that at or below 135% of Federal poverty
Note that Assurance Wireless will
contact you annually to verify that you're still qualified for the
program; if you're not qualified, or if you don't respond, your
service will be canceled! So definitely look out for the
re-certification instructions, or, better yet, put a task on
your calendar to re-certify, and visit their website to proactively
start the process. Also remember that if you move,
you'll want to notify them to ensure you don't miss any important
notifications. Eventually they will catch on
to you as they continually audit the program as required by government
regulations, so keeping on top of this is definitely worthwhile!
What are the benefits?
What other services are
- Free minutes for domestic and long
- No contract or fees
- You can buy extra minutes if you
run out; still no contract!
How many free minutes
& texts do
- Caller ID
- 911 access
What other services are
get 350 free minutes per month. If yo run out, you can add
money using a credit or debit card, PayPal, or with cash by buying a
Virgin Mobile Top-Up card.
- The minutes will be
added every 30 days. Minutes don't roll over from month to
program allows for rollover.)
- Unlimited text messages!
If I'm a
switch to Assurance Wireless?
- $5/month for 250 extra voice minutes, or $30/month for
unlimited talk, text, and Web.
- California residents get unlimited voice, text, AND 500MB
of high speed 3G data.
- International talks and text offers are also available.
How do I apply?!
- You still need to qualify. Being a Virgin Mobile
customer doesn't get you any special considerations.
If you're not happy with the quality or features of the free
phone you received, you can read the discussion about exactly this
question over at the Changing
Assurance Wireless Phone