Lifeline Free Government Phone Program Free to Qualifying Households

Assurance Wireless can now offer you our most generous cell phone plan yet — Assurance Wireless Unlimited. It combines our Lifeline service with the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to give eligible customers Unlimited Data & Texts & Minutes, plus 10GB Hotspot Data. See if you qualify today!
FREE AndroidTM Smartphone*
FREE Unlimited Data
FREE Unlimited Texts
FREE Unlimited Minutes

FREE 10GB MONTHLY HOTSPOT DATA

10GB Hotspot Data up to 4G LTE speed.



During congestion, heavy data users (>35GB/mo.) and customers choosing Assurance or similarly prioritized plans (e.g. T-Mobile Essentials, Metro by T-Mobile) may notice lower speeds than other customers due to data prioritization.


Assurance Wireless can now offer you our most generous cell phone plan yet — Assurance Wireless Unlimited. It combines our Lifeline service with the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to give eligible customers Unlimited Data & Texts & Minutes, plus 10GB Hotspot Data. See if you qualify today!
FREE AndroidTM Smartphone*

FREE Unlimited Data

FREE Unlimited Texts

FREE Unlimited Minutes

FREE 10GB MONTHLY HOTSPOT DATA

10GB Hotspot Data up to 4G LTE speed.




During congestion, heavy data users (>35GB/mo.) and customers choosing Assurance or similarly prioritized plans (e.g. T-Mobile Essentials, Metro by T-Mobile) may notice lower speeds than other customers due to data prioritization.

If you prefer to apply for our Lifeline Only service, you can simply skip the Assurance Wireless Unlimited enrollment step during the Assurance Wireless Lifeline application process. You can start that application process by clicking on the APPLY NOW button above.
Plus a free Android(tm) smartphone *Based on phone availability; shipping charges may apply. Customers who have been reinstated within 60 days of their service end date will keep their original phone and phone number. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

Now Assurance Wireless is part of T-Mobile with T-Mobile Network Experience Coverage.

Our network covers 99% of Americans!

Experience fast uploads and downloads so you can spend less time waiting and more time connecting.

Our 4G LTE signal is strong and reliable!

Check Your Coverage

Requires capable device. Network coverage is not available everywhere, varies by area and is different from the geographic areas where Assurance Wireless Lifeline service is available. For more detailed information, click on the Coverage Map link above or at the top of the page.

FREE Smartphone with UNLIMITED FREE Data & UNLIMITED FREE Texts & UNLIMITED FREE Minutes, PLUS 10GB Monthly Hotspot Data added automatically each month as part of the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit, a temporary government program.

  • No Annual Contract
  • Voicemail Account, Call Waiting, and Caller ID
  • Multi-layered scam protection, including Scam ID, Scam Block and Name Caller ID
  • 911 Access
  • Low International Rates to over 200 Destinations

Enrollment in this government benefit program is available to California residents who qualify based on federal or state specific criteria. You may qualify for Assurance Wireless if you, or a member of your household, participate in the following government programs:

  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Greater Avenue for Independence (GAIN)
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS)
  • Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKS)
  • Welfare to Work (WTW)
  • Tribal TANF
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Program


You may qualify based on household income.

California Household Income Limits
Household SizeYearly Income
1-2$0 - $28,500
3$0 - $33,100
4$0 - $40,300
5$0 - $47,500
6$0 - $54,700
7$0 - $61,900
8$0 - $69,100

*If there are more than 8 people in your household, please add $7,100 for each additional person.

*Example: For household of 9 people, Yearly Income allowed: $0 - $76,300 ($69,100 + $7,200)

Effective June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021.


EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT ELIGIBILITY

NOTE: The FASTEST and EASIEST way to get the Emergency Broadband Benefit plan (EBB) is to qualify based on Lifeline eligibility by Clicking Apply Now.

Once the EBB program ends, you will be moved to the free Assurance Wireless Lifeline-only plan, if eligible, or offered other options. These options may include undiscounted (non-EBB) rate plans and may be subject to the company’s general terms and conditions.

The FASTEST and EASIEST way to get the Emergency Broadband Benefit plan (EBB) is to qualify based on Lifeline eligibility by clicking Apply Now.

There are other ways to qualify for EBB:

  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.

If you ONLY qualify for EBB, you'll need to take 2 steps to apply.

  1. First, go to National Verifier website and Click Here to get approved for EBB.
  2. Once you have been approved, call us at 833-930-3673 and we will help you enroll in Assurance Wireless Unlimited.

If you remain with Assurance Wireless after the EBB program ends, you will be moved to the free Assurance Wireless Lifeline-only plan, if eligible, or offered other options. These options may include undiscounted (non-EBB) rate plans and may be subject to the company's general terms and conditions.

Note: By activating, using or attempting to use EBB Service or devices you are agreeing to Assurance Wireless Terms and Conditions which can be found here. Assurance Wireless terms and conditions include mandatory individual arbitration of disputes.

With 6GB of data a month you can:

  • Send 750 text only emails, view 1500 web pages and listen to 60 hours of streaming music and talk using a web app for 60 hours

OR

  • ·Stream 15 hours of video

Data speeds may vary. These examples are estimates. Actual data usage varies by App and streaming quality.


To keep your California Freedom Plan with 6GB Data, you must:

  • Make a call, send a text or go online from your Assurance Wireless phone at least every 30 days. Data used on a Wi-Fi network will not count as activity on your account.
  • Every year you must complete Annual Renewal and be approved.

Customers who return after any interruption to or cancellation of their Assurance Wireless Lifeline service will receive the offer available at the time of their California Public Utilities Commission approval.


Switch Your Lifeline Service to Assurance Wireless!

Good news. If you already receive California LifeLine discounts, you can still switch to Assurance Wireless, and keep your current phone number. Your California LifeLine and federal voice Lifeline discounts (as applicable) will be switched from your current provider to Assurance Wireless. That’s because a household can have only one wireless or wire line Lifeline discount. Your renewal date will not change even when you switch to Assurance Wireless.


You can take advantage of additional services by adding money to your account using a credit or debit card or a Top-Up PIN.

Unlimited International Talk & Text Offers

Make unlimited international calls with $5 or $10 Mexico/Canada + International Text. That’s unlimited texting to over 200 international destinations.

$5 Mexico/Canada + International Text:

  • Unlimited Calls to Mexico landlines/mobile phones
  • Unlimited Calls to Canada landlines/mobile1phones
  • Unlimited International Text (over 200 international destinations)

$10 Mexico/Canada + International Text:

  • Unlimited Calls to Mexico landlines/mobile phones
  • Unlimited Calls to Canada landlines/mobile1 phones
  • Unlimited International Text (over 200 international destinations)
  • Unlimited Calls to landlines in over 70 countries
  • A total of 200 minutes to call select mobiles in over 50 countries (including the Dominican Republic) or to call landlines in the Dominican Republic

1excludes Northern Territories, area code 867

Simply add money to your Assurance Wireless account and then purchase $5 or $10 Mexico/Canada + International Text through My Account each month on your phone or on the Web.

Click Here for International Rates

See What our Customers are saying.

Learn More

California LifeLine Program Limitation as of June 1, 2017: The California LifeLine Program has a limitation for consumers who want California LifeLine discounts. After submitting an enrollment request (application) for California LifeLine wireless telephone service, they must wait up to 30 days before submitting another application. They cannot submit more than one application for California LifeLine wireless telephone services at the same time. To learn more about this California LifeLine Program limitation, click here.

Lifeline Program: Assurance Wireless is a California LifeLine provider. Lifeline is a government benefit program. Assurance Wireless provides Lifeline service supported by the federal Universal Service Fund and the California LifeLine Program. 

Qualifications: Enrollment in this government benefit program is available to consumers who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. You may qualify if you are on certain public assistance programs, like Medi-Cal or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also qualify based on your household income.

Proof of Eligibility: You must provide proof of program participation or proof of income. 

One Lifeline Discount per Household: Discounts provided by the California and federal Lifeline programs are limited to one per household. Separate households that live at the same address are eligible, including residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes. Residents with temporary addresses are also eligible. A household is defined as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses.

 

Important Notice
About The California
LifeLine Program

learn more

California Frequently 
Asked Questions
 

learn more

Important Service-Product 
Specific
Terms/Rates/Features

learn more

Limited-time offer. Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a government program that reduces eligible consumer’s broadband Internet access service bill, is temporary and ends when federal funds are expended, or 6 months after end of pandemic, whichever comes first; Assurance Wireless will notify customer in advance. One discount per eligible household and is non-transferable across households. Customers who remain with Assurance Wireless after EBB Program ends will be moved to Lifeline plan, if eligible, or a non-EBB plan subject to general terms and conditions. Eligible consumers may obtain EBB program service from any participating provider and may transfer their EBB benefit to another participating provider at any time. For details on the EBB program, visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit. Unlimited while on our network. Mobile Hotspot up to 10GB 4G LTE. Capable device required. By activating your device and service, you agree to the Assurance Wireless Terms and Conditions. See full terms (including arbitration provision) and details at assurancewireless.com.

Assurance Wireless is a provider of California LifeLine, a government assistance program. Offer available for eligible CA customers only & is non-transferable. Discounts provided by the California & federal Lifeline programs are limited to one per household (landline or wireless). A household is defined as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address & share income & expenses. Consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program. Unlike a traditional wireline phone, a wireless handset may be removed from the home. By removing a wireless cell phone from a residence that does not have other phone services, residents may not have a way to make 911 calls during an emergency. Also, wireless service may experience interruptions due to weather conditions, terrain or gaps in service coverage.  Phone models may vary; shipping charges may apply. Plan: Data speeds may vary. Unused data does not roll over. Add'l. Services: Data & Int'l. plans require add-on purchases. Accessing voicemail draws from plan or add’l. mins. Customers can use Assurance Wireless svc. on pay-as-you-go plan after termination of Lifeline svc. For customers in all states except FL, when account is switched to pay-as-you-go plan & inactive for 120 days, on day 121, account will be closed & any unused service balance & telephone number will be lost. When account is switched to pay-as-you-go plan for FL customers, on day 366 account will be closed & any unused service balance & telephone number will be lost. State & local sales taxes & fees may apply. Minimum Top-Up of $5 may be required. Other terms: Offers not avail. in all states/areas & may vary by state. Coverage not avail. everywhere. Assurance Wireless reserves the right to change or cancel offer at any time. Prohibited network use rules & other restrictions apply. By activating your device and service, you agree to the Assurance Wireless Terms and Conditions. See full terms and details at assurancewireless.com. © 2021 Assurance Wireless USA, L.P. All rights reserved. Android is a trademark of Google LLC. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Request California LifeLine Service Now!

request now

A Worry-Free Way To Stay Connected.

Top