Qualifying for a free cell phone can be confusing. The Lifeline Assistance program is a federal, nationwide program that lets you receive a free cell phone with a certain amount of free minutes each month and unlimited free text messages. The program is run through Assurance Wireless, which is a subsidiary of Virgin Mobile.
The free phone comes with 500 free minutes for the first 4 months with 350 minutes after that. Unlimited text lasts for the lifetime of the phone. You can add minutes by purchasing Virgin Mobile top-up cards or on your online account with your debit or credit card. Monthly plans are available at a refreshingly
To qualify for the Lifeline Assistance Program, typically
you must also be participating in another assistance program such as food
stamps or Medicaid. Your eligibility may also be determined by income. Income
levels will vary by state and are affected by the size of your household. For
example, in the state of California, a household of less than 3 people will
have an income limit of $25,700 per year. The Lifeline Assistance Program can give you 911 access and
the freedom that comes with having a cell phone at no cost to you. Ask these
questions to find out if you qualify.