By Jack Pflanz
September 18, 2013

Did you know there is a Sprint prepaid brand that provides a wireless phone and free monthly voice service and text messaging to eligible low-income residents in 40 states and the District of Columbia?
For qualifying customers, there is no cost to receive an Assurance Wireless phone, activate the phone or use the basic service plan of 250 free minutes and 250 free text messages each month. If the customer uses all the allotted voice minutes or text messages before the end of a one-month cycle, there are several low-cost options to purchase more minutes and text messages.
Assurance Wireless is a worry-free way to stay in touch with family, prospective and current employers, schools, emergency services, health care and social service providers.   These days, cell phone service is not a luxury; in fact, you can see here how having phone service from Assurance Wireless made a difference in the life of a single, unemployed father of two.
Low-income residents who meet federal or state-specific eligibility criteria may qualify for the federal Lifeline Assistance government benefit program. An applicant may qualify for Assurance Wireless if he or she participates in certain public assistance programs, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Residents can also qualify based on low household income. All applicants must provide proof of program participation or proof of income.
The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household. Separate households that reside at the same address are eligible for Lifeline service, which means that residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes, for example, are eligible to apply for Lifeline.
Applicants must affirmatively certify that Lifeline recipients living at the same address are part of a separate household. Applicants may be required to provide additional documentation if someone else at the address already has Lifeline service or if the applicant lives at a temporary address. If a customer becomes ineligible for Lifeline Assistance benefits, he or she is required to inform the Lifeline service provider. Assurance Wireless is available in 40 states and the District of Columbia and continues to expand.  A list of participating states can be found by visiting

Find out more about Assurance Wireless
For more information about applying for Assurance Wireless, please call 1-800-395-2171 or visit  For assistance with an Assurance Wireless account call 1-888-321-5880. Follow Assurance news on Facebook or on Twitter and YouTube
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 278 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