Wireless, which provides eligible residents with a free cell phone
and 250 minutes of free monthly voice service, marks its one-year
anniversary of providing services to Pennsylvania residents. Assurance
Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance program supported by the federal
Universal Service Fund.
Many families in all parts of Pennsylvania are feeling the worst
effects of this economy, said Mark Price, labor economist for the
Keystone Research Center. He mentioned cuts to education and affordable
health care for working Pennsylvanians, which are making life harder for
struggling families and undermining economic growth.
More than 485,000 Pennsylvania residents are without a job, and more
than 20 percent are living below the federal poverty line. Assurance
Wireless customers enjoy the ability to provide a contact number to and
receive calls from a prospective employer, which, studies show, can
improve the chances of securing employment.
We look forward to continuing to provide this service to eligible
Pennsylvanians who need support and resources during what continues to
be a rough economic time for many, said Grace Boehm, director of
strategy and business planning, Assurance Wireless.
I was unemployed for an extended amount of time because of layoffs,
stated Evan M., 37, an Assurance Wireless customer. The phone and
service I received from Assurance Wireless were invaluable to my finding
new employment and to my efforts to recover from this recession. It
allowed me to contact potential employers, provide a way for them to
respond to me, and helped me save money. Assurance also gave me peace of
mind that I had a way to stay connected to my kids while away from home.
According to a recent report, If all 28.5 million adults eligible for
Lifeline Assistance were to take advantage of the program and earn at
the same rate and level as [the study] sample, it would result in $3.7
billion in fresh income for the poor and near poor.1
According to a nationwide survey from Assurance Wireless*, adults with
an income of less than $25,000 are as likely to use their mobile phone
for employment searches as those with higher incomes.
Assurance Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance program supported by the low
income program of the federal Universal Service Fund which is designed
to insure that quality telecommunications services are available to
low-income consumers at affordable rates. Customers eligible for
Assurance Wireless include those who participate in Medicaid, Food
Stamps/SNAP, General Assistance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families,
The National School Lunch Programs Free Lunch Program (NSL). Customers
may also qualify based on low household income. Eligibility varies by
state. Supporting documentation is required to prove eligibility.
In addition to a voice mail account2 and call waiting,
Assurance Wireless provides caller ID and access to 911 in case of
emergency. Beyond the 250 free voice minutes each month, customers can
choose from other low cost options to pay for additional minutes,
texting, international calling and more at competitive rates.
Eligible residents can apply for Assurance Wireless by calling
(toll-free) 800-395-2171, or visiting www.assurancewireless.com.
People who dont qualify for Assurance Wireless but who are also
struggling and searching for value can take advantage of payLo by Virgin
Mobile. payLo was especially designed with value-conscious wireless
consumers in mind, offering plans for as little as $20/month for 400
minutes or access to 90 days of service for $20 at a rate of less than
$7 per month. payLo is available at more than 40,000 retail stores,
including Best Buy, RadioShack and Target. Prospective low-income
customers who find they are not eligible for Assurance Wireless may
learn more about Virgin Mobiles no-contract payLo Plan options by
Assurance Wireless is available in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut,
Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, 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. This list of states continues to expand
and can be found on the Assurance website.
About Assurance Wireless
Assurance Wireless, brought to you by Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprints
prepaid brands, is supported by the Lifeline Assistance program, part of
the Low Income Program of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF),
which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company
(USAC). Assurance Wireless provides service on the Nationwide Sprint
Network, which reaches more than 280 million people.
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Sources for all information and statistics are available
*PKS Research Partners was commissioned by Sprint/Nextel (Assurance
Wireless) to conduct a research project among a nationally
representative sample of U.S. adults 25 years or older in order to
determine their attitudes toward and usage of mobile phones.
2 Airtime charges apply when accessing voice mail via an
Assurance Wireless phone once free minutes have been depleted.