|Lifeline Cell Phone Service Provider | Assurance Wireless|
This is a free cell phone and free 250 minutes every month for low income families/individuals. Assurance Wireless is owned/operated by Virgin Mobile. You can pay $5 a month for another 250 minutes (for a total of 500 minutes if you want) or $20/month for 1,000 total minutes and 1,000 texts. Each state (see below for available locations) has slightly different qualification guidelines.
No activation or service fees. I can't find if the shipping is free or not, but I assume that it is since there is not cost listed and the phone is sent upon application approval.
Currently only available in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.