If you are using Assurance Wireless through Sprint, Sprint’s free government smartphone service plan is called Access Wireless. It provides discount cell phone service and free phones to enrolled members. It is known for being one of the most established Lifeline Assistance providers.
Like Assurance Wireless, Access Wireless is not provided in Alaska or Hawaii. Within the contiguous United States, it serves a slightly smaller number of states than Assurance Wireless. The states that Sprint offers Access Wireless in are:
Unlike Assurance Wireless, Safelink Wireless is available in Hawaii. However, it is not provided in Alaska and Puerto Rico.
The contiguous U.S. states where it Safelink Wireless is available are:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Washington.
Just like if you are applying through Assurance Wireless, Safelink Wireless must by law provide minimum services for enrolled free government cell phone users. Safelink also has several special features that come with your plan additionally that you may enjoy. Benefits beyond required minimums for Lifeline Assistance that are offered through Safelink Wireless include:
- Free Phone
- Unlimited Texting and Calling
- 500MB Data Usage Plan
- Inexpensive Service Plan Upgrade Options
The Lifeline Assistance program is provided on a per household basis. That means only one cell phone is allowed per household under the program for government cell phones. However, Safelink offers a variety of smartphones from which you can choose. You do not have to worry about having to use an old model that is out of fashion or lacking necessary features.
Even if you sign up for Safelink Wireless or another Life Assurance program, you are not locked in for any length of time. The program allows you to change providers whenever you need to, such as after moving to a new area out of the service range of your initial plan. You can also change providers simply because you prefer the perks offered by another service over those offered as part of your current plan.
That is why you need to keep informed about the plans currently available. Learn about another provider you may want to try on the next page.