An awareness campaign using television and online media outlets in Tennessee launches this week about Assurance Wireless, a new cellphone service that makes wireless calling available at no cost to more than one million eligible lower-income households throughout Tennessee. Assurance Wireless, from Virgin Mobile USA, provides more free wireless minutes per month than other similar prepaid programs.
With more people needing assistance in this difficult economy, Assurance Wireless is providing additional relief to those who need it most. Qualifying Assurance Wireless customers(1) in Tennessee will be eligible to receive a free handset and 200 minutes of free wireless local and long-distance calling within the United States every month.
Customers eligible for Assurance Wireless include those eligible for or receiving Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps or SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8, Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), or the National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program. Customers may also qualify based on household income.(2)
"Most of us take cellphone service for granted. Mobile phones allow us to stay connected with friends, family and employers and provide critical support in case of emergency," said Dan Schulman, Sprint Prepaid Group President. "The government estimates that more than 360,000 additional households in Tennessee became eligible for income-based assistance programs like food stamps from 2008 to 2009. We are proud to offer this valuable service, particularly in these tough times, which disproportionately affect lower income customers."
Assurance Wireless provides customers with free voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, and access to 911 in case of emergency. Beyond the free 200 minutes, customers can choose to pay for additional 20-cent per minute domestic calling, international calling at competitive rates, 15-cent text, email or instant messages, mobile Web access, and more.(3)
Community organizations that wish to partner with Assurance Wireless in helping their constituents learn more about the free service should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Assurance Wireless and Virgin Mobile USA are part of the Sprint Prepaid Group.
(1) Eligibility varies by state.
(2) Customers can visit www.assurancewireless.com or call 1-888-898-4888 to learn more about eligibility requirements.
(3) When purchasing additional minutes or features, standard taxes and surcharges will apply.
(4) Subject to certain terms and conditions