Virgin mobile offers a free cell phone and free minutes to the tune of 200 minutes per month to eligible customers. As of this writing, the service is only available in eight US states. Those states are Florida, Michigan, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.
According to their website Florida is newly added so double check to see if Assurance Wireless service is offered in your zip code.
What Virgin Mobil’s Assurance Wireless Has to Offer
Here’s a list of the free stuff you’ll get with Assurance Wireless:
- Free Assurance Wireless phone by Kyocera
- 200 free units a month (this is for both local and long-distance)
- The usual cell phone features such as voice mail, call waiting and caller ID.
For Additional Charge:
If you want extra minutes it’ll cost $.10 each. It also costs $.10 per text message. Assurance Wireless does offer a text messaging package which costs $5.00 for 200 messages. There is also an additional charge for international calling and 411 services.
Assurance Wireless Eligibility
Not everybody is eligible to receive the free Assurance Wireless cell phone and its accompanying features. Each state has its own eligibility requirements. For example, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia residents qualify if they are currently participating or receiving benefits from any of the following programs:
- Food Stamps/SNAP
- TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
- SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
- LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
- FPHA (Federal public housing assistance) or Section 8
- NFLP (National Free Lunch Program)
- a household income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines
Florida, Michigan and Texas residents have can qualify for the Assurance Wireless phones if they participate in any of the above government programs but, the household income must be at or below 150% of the Federal poverty guidelines.
Maryland residents do not have a Federal poverty guidelines requirement. Participating in one of the above-mentioned programs is sufficient.
How to Apply for the Free Assurance Wireless Service
The first thing to do is check the Assurance Wireless website to ensure that the program is available in your area. Once you find that it is available in your area call Assurance Wireless at 1-888-898-4888 and one of their representatives will process an application for you.
Once your application is approved and you receive your Virgin Mobil Assurance Wireless phone (you will either receive the Kyocera Jax phone or Kyocera Marbl phone depending on your calling location.), visit their website to activate the phone. Every month you receive 200 free minutes on your cell phone for as long as you qualify.
UPDATE: So much has changed since this last review. Check out the new Assurance Wireless features and additional area availability.