It seems that Assurance Wireless has upgraded its Lifeline program. When I originally wrote a review on the Assurance Wireless Lifeline program in June of 2010 , they only offered 200 free talk minutes. Things sure have changed in a few months.
Assurance Wireless Talk Time
If 500 minutes is still not enough, you can pay $20 a month and you’ll get 1,000 talk minutes plus send/receive 1,000 texts. If you go over your allotment of talk time, Assurance Wireless will charge you $.10 per minute above and beyond your allotted time.
Texting with Assurance Wireless
The original Lifeline plan did not include a texting option but now you can purchase a texting plan. For as little as $5 a month you’ll be able to send and receive 200 text messages/month. With the $20 bundle (mentioned above) you can send/receive 1,000 texts. If you opt not to go for the $5 or the $20 bundle, the cost for text messaging is $.10 per message.
Same Old Features
Some things have not changed with the new Assurance Wireless program. The phones are still free, there is no annual contract, services is still offered through the Sprint nationwide network and the phones are still equipped with voicemail, call waiting and caller ID. If you have to make a call to Assurance Wireless customer care regarding your cell phone service, those calls are free.
Adding Money to Your Assurance Wireless Account
Now that Assurance Wireless gives you the option to add money to your account, you can use the already established Virgin Mobile Top Up cards (available at retail stores such as Radio Shack and Best Buy) to add money to your account. If you choose not to use one of the Virgin Mobile Top Up cards, you can add money by using a credit card, debit card or even your PayPal account.
Who is Eligible for the Assurance Wireless Plan?
Assurance wireless is available in 20 states (my last review it was only available in 8 states). The available states are:
District of Columbia*
*Indicates newly added states since my last review
The eligibility requirements have not changed, but since there are new states added to the program, you should visit the Assurance Wireless Lifeline website to find out the eligibility requirements in your state.
After seeing how much the program has changed in 6 months, I just might have to revisit it again 6 months from now to see how it evolves.
If you don’t qualify for a free phone through the Assurance Wireless program, you might qualify for other free or discounted phone service through the LifeLine/Link Up program.