Program aims to provide cell phones, service to Nevadans in need

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Updated: 6/24/2013 2:26 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Assurance Wireless has introduced services in Nevada to provide a wireless phone and 250 free voice minutes and 250 free text messages to eligible residents.

Assurance Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance program supported by the federal Universal Service Fund and offers the best value in calling plans among major Lifeline Assistance programs.

The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireline or wireless account per household. Enrollment in this government benefit program is available to consumers who meet federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. Nevada residents may qualify for Assurance Wireless if they are on certain public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), National School Lunch’s Free Lunch Program (NSL), Head Start (tribal programs for only those meeting its income qualifying standards), Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance and Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Applicants may also qualify based on low income and must provide proof of program participation or proof of income. Eligibility for Assurance Wireless varies by state.

In addition to a voice mail account and call waiting, Assurance Wireless provides caller ID and access to 911 in case of emergency. Applicants are also able to keep their current home or cell phone number. Beyond the 250 free voice minutes and 250 text messages each month, customers can choose from other 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 don’t 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. payLo is available in retail stores nationwide, including Best Buy, RadioShack and Target. Prospective customers who find they are not eligible for Assurance Wireless may learn more about Virgin Mobile’s no-contract payLo Plan options by visiting http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/paylo-plans/overview/.


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lifeline - 6/25/2013 7:37 AM
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Lifeline Landing provides a CHOICE of Lifeline Carriers to the Nevadans - offers them the ability to compare providers and plans in their area to find the best deal for their individual needs. Visit http://www.lifelinelanding.com to learn more!
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