|[November 26, 2012]
Assurance Wireless Provides Cell Phones and Wireless Service to Aid New Mexico Residents Facing Economic Hardship
WARREN, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
Wireless, which provides a wireless phone and 250 free voice minutes
and 250 free text messages to eligible residents, introduces its
services in New Mexico. Assurance Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance
program supported by the federal Universal Service Fund and now offers
the best value in calling plans among major Lifeline Assistance programs.2
More than 55,0003 New Mexico residents are without a job, and
more than 304 percent are living below the federal poverty
line. Assurance Wireless gives eligible customers the ability to provide
a contact number and return calls to a prospective employer, which can
help improve the chances of securing employment.
According to a nationwide survey from Assurance Wireless5,
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. Data
collected by Austin Nichols, a senior researcher with the Chronicle for
Higher Education's Urban Institute showed that the rate of graduates
with doctoral degrees who have filed for government assistance more than
tripled between 2007 and 20106. According to a 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."7
"As Assurance Wireless has been approved to offer service in more
states, we are proud to help more and more customers stay connected to
potential employers, medical and childcare providers," said Grace Boehm,
director of strategy and business planning, Assurance Wireless. "We look
forward to providing this same type of assistance to eligible New Mexico
residents who need support and resources during what continue to be
rough economic times for many."
"I was unemployed for an extended amount of time due to 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 and provide a way for them to respond
to me, while also saving money. Assurance also gave me peace of mind
that I had a way to stay connected to my kids while away from home."
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. New Mexico 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), General Assistance,
Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8) and National School
Lunch's Free Lunch Program (NSL). 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 account8
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 or access to 90 days of service for $20 at a rate of less than
$7 per month. payLo is available in retail stores nationwide, including
Best Buy (News - Alert), RadioShack and Target. Prospective low-income 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/.
Assurance Wireless is also available in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado,
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia
and Wisconsin. This list of states continues to expand and can be found
on the Assurance website.
About Assurance Wireless
Assurance Wireless from Virgin Mobile (News - Alert) USA, one of Sprint's
no-contract 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 (News - Alert) Network, which reaches more than 282 million people.
Follow Assurance news on Facebook www.facebook.com/assurancewireless
or on Twitter (News - Alert) www.twitter.com/assurancecell
and YouTube (News - Alert) http://www.youtube.com/assurancewireless.
Offer limited to eligible customers (varies by state) residing in
selected geographic areas and is non-transferrable. Assurance Wireless
is subject to the Terms of Service (includes plan details) found on http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/TermsandConditions.aspx.
Note: sources for all information and statistics are available
2 Based on published price plans as of 11/26/2012 of major
Lifeline carriers with more than 1M subscribers who provide service in
more than 20 states.
4 http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml pid=ACS_11_1YR_S1701&prodType=table
5 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.
7 A study entitled "Subsidized Cell Phones Provide
Significant Economic Gains for Poor and Near-Poor Americans" was
published by the New Millennium Research Council.
8 Airtime charges apply when accessing voice mail via an
Assurance Wireless phone once free minutes have been depleted.
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