Assurance wireless, brought to you by Virgin Mobile is adding more free services to new eligible customers who sign up through Dec. 31, 2014. Not only do they get free unlimited texting, but they also receive an additional 250 free voice minutes (giving them 500 total minutes) each month for their first four months of service.
Customer who are approved not only get the free texting and voice calls, they also receive a free cell phone.
The free texting lasts forever, but the voice minutes don’t. At the end of the fourth month, these customers will drop to 250 free monthly voice minutes. Existing customers will be migrated to the Free Talk & Unlimited Text plan on a rolling basis.
Here’s the press release:
Assurance Wireless Improves Plans to Further Help Low-Income Residents in Need
New customers can get more voice minutes and text messages
WARREN, N.J. – June 30, 2014 – Assurance Wireless, the popular Lifeline Assistance program that launched in 2009– providing a cell phone and 250 free voice minutes to eligible low-income residents – will now offer unlimited free texting for new qualifying customers in 36 states.
New eligible customers who sign up through Dec. 31, 2014, also will receive an additional 250 free voice minutes (giving them 500 total minutes) each month for their first four months of service. At the end of the fourth month, these customers will continue to receive unlimited text messages each month in addition to the 250 free monthly voice minutes. Current customers will be migrated to the Free Talk & Unlimited Text plan on a rolling basis.
“I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have Assurance Wireless,” said customer L. Banks. “It is such a blessing for those of us who struggle to find work in this economy. I have not found a job yet, but I have been able to communicate with potential employers and obtain interviews with the use of this phone. As someone who has been sort of homeless, I’m able to address issues dealing with my current circumstances. Thank you for being there.”
Assurance Wireless provides the best offer among major Lifeline Assistance programs.
“For more than 25 years, the Lifeline program has provided support to low-income Americans to keep them connected through periods of financial hardship,” said Grace Boehm, director of strategy and business planning, Assurance Wireless. “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.”
In addition to a voice mail account and call waiting, Assurance Wireless provides caller ID and access to 911 in case of emergency. Beyond the free 250 free voice minutes and unlimited free text messages each month, customers can choose from other low-cost options to pay for additional minutes, texting, Web, international calling and more at competitive rates.
The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireline or wireless account per household. Enrollment in this government benefit program is available to consumers who meet federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. Residents may qualify for Assurance Wireless if they are on certain public assistance programs, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Applicants may also qualify based on low income and must provide proof of program participation or proof of income. Eligibility for Assurance Wireless varies by state.
About Assurance Wireless
Assurance Wireless from Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint’s no-contract brands, is supported by the Lifeline Assistance program, part of the Low Income Program of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Assurance Wireless provides service on the Nationwide Sprint Network, which reaches more than 281 million people.
Offer limited to eligible customers (varies by state) residing in selected geographic areas and is non-transferrable. Unlike a traditional wireline phone, a wireless handset may be removed from the home. Also, wireless service may experience interruptions because of weather conditions, terrain or gaps in service coverage. Assurance Wireless is subject to the Important Service/Product and General Terms and Conditions found on http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/TermsandConditions.aspx.
Assurance Wireless is available in 40 states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, Arizona*, Arkansas, California*, 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. Eligible residents can apply for Assurance Wireless by calling (toll-free) 800-395-2171 or visiting www.assurancewireless.com.
*Currently not available for new offer.