Assurance Wireless offers services similar to Safelink Wireless in getting senior citizens free access to cell phones.
But because this is a government-sponsored phone, you need to learn whether or not you qualify. Therefore, I will first discuss the requirements for the phone and then the features of the phone and the program.
In order to qualify for the program, your total household income must be at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines in states that follow the federal eligibility criteria, OR you currently qualify for one of the following programs…
- Medicaid (this is how Mom qualified…I merely sent in her Medicaid number and 5 days later the phone, which you can see opposite, arrived)
- Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Plan
- Supplemental Security Income [SSI]
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF]
- Supplemental Rental Assistance [Section 8]
- Federal Public Housing Assistance [FPHA]
- The National School Lunch Free Lunch Program
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan1
If you meet these requirements, go to the Assurance Wireless website, enter your zip code to bring up your state’s application, fill it out and follow the instructions.
However, please note that currently Assurance Wireless is not available in all 50 states, although the number of states grows all the time.
As far as the benefits you will receive with the Assurance Wireless program, you will receive…
A free phone
250 free voice minutes per month
You receive this free of charge. However, if you feel you need more minutes, there are two other options where you can choose to add minutes.
For an additional 250 minutes monthly, for a total of 500 minutes, you will pay $5 a month. For an additional 750 minutes monthly, for a total of 1,000 minutes + 1,000 texts, you will pay $20 a month.
Regardless of the program you choose, you will have access to benefits such as:
- Caller ID
- Call Waiting
- No annual contracts, bills or activation fees
- Nationwide coverage through the Sprint network
- Free calls to customer service
And the Assurance Wireless application doesn’t take that long to process…my mother had her phone within a week of me filling out the application and getting the supporting documentation (which in our case was the Medicaid approval letter).
In her case, the only information required was for me to take a picture of her Medicaid approval, send that through the Assurance Wireless and Mom had her phone shortly thereafter. After that, I received the phone within 5 days…pretty fast for the government.
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