It looks like Assurance Wireless is going all out to spread the word about their free government cell phone program. Recently, Assurance Wireless announced that they are working with country music star Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks and Dunn to raise awareness among people who have been struggling in these hard economic times and wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford basic cell phone service. Assurance Wireless, a Lifeline program partner, currently offers free cell phones and 250 free cell phone minutes each month to qualifying applicants.
Ronnie Dunn has written a song specifically for the Assurance Wireless partnership called “Cost of Livin”. The song tells the story of a hardworking veteran and father looking for work in these hard economic times and the importance of being to send and receive calls from potential employers.
You can watch Ronnie Dunn talk about Cost of Livin and Assurance Wireless below:
Of the 1.2 billion dollars spent a year on the Lifeline program, approximately 30% is used for low cost cell phone service to low income families. Lifeline is a Federal program subsidized by money received from the Universal Service Fund, which in turn collects fees from telecom operators.
Assurance Wireless now operates in 31 states and provides free cell phones to low income households and households that participate in certain government assistance programs. In order to qualify under income based eligibility your household’s total income must be at or below 130-150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. To see if you qualify under income eligibility criteria, please click here. You can also qualify for Assurance Wireless if you participate in at least one government assistance program. These programs vary by state, but you most likely qualify if you participate in one of the following programs: Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8, Food Stamps, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), National School Lunch (free program only), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Medicaid.
Assurance Wireless is currently available in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
For more information on Assurance Wireless, please click here.