What requirements need to be met in order to qualify for Assurance Wireless?


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The eligibility requirements for Assurance Wireless vary by state. The Assurance Wireless website provides information about the requirements in each state. If a state is not included on the list, then Assurance Wireless is not available in that state.

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Assurance Wireless is a federal government program that offers discounted cell phone service to individuals who qualify. In some states, people who qualify for certain assistance programs, such as Medicaid, also qualify for Assurance Wireless. In other states, qualification is based on income.

The Assurance Wireless program provides a free cell phone, limited free minutes, and unlimited free text messages. Participants who want additional services, such as additional minutes or international calling, can pay for them at the regular rate. Only one individual per qualified household can participate. The service is provided through Virgin Mobile, which has nationwide coverage, but it is not available in all areas. There are no activation fees or contracts required. Customers may keep their existing phone numbers when switching to this service. Applicants are required to provide proof of income or proof of participation in an eligible program. An application form can be submitted online at the Assurance Wireless website. A printable application is also available on the website, and telephone assistance is available for those who need assistance with the application.

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