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Thrifty Thursday: Free Cell Phone Service for Eligible Low-Income Families

By April 22, 2010

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What if you could eliminate your cell phone bill each month, but still have a phone to use for family emergencies?  There are two services, Safelink and Assurance Wireless, that provide free wireless phone service in 24 U.S. states.  To find out whether either service is available in your area, or to learn more about free phone service, read Get Free Phone Service.

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April 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(1) KCG says:

I’ve been lucky that during these hard economic times, I’ve able to keep and afford my cell phone. I used to be with AT&T for years before I switched to Virgin Mobile pay as you go on my brother’s suggestion because I could get a $20/200 minute plan and $10 more for 1,00 texting – $30 a month with no contract beats $110 for an IPhone. Phones are super affordable as well and top out at $99 and that’s a great deal. But so people can’t even pay $30 a month for just the plan because of so many issues. Virgin Mobile is offering this amazing Assurance wireless plan to low income, qualifying people in only five states – paying $10 a month for a phone and minutes seems like it would be a lifesaver, but this plan isn’t everywhere. More people need to be aware of its benefits so lick the link below for President of Sprint email address: http://assurancewireless.webs.com/ and let him know this option should be one for everyone.

April 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(2) nikki says:

I have 2 teenage girls (and a 3-yr old) to keep track of but I never thought I would get them cell phones. I bought a pay-as-you-go Tracfone for myself and had it for about a year before I decided to get my teens phones. Just to make life easier…after-school activities, weekend girly-girl stuff, etc. We are on a family plan…I pay about $23 a month for all of us to get minutes so we can call and text each other. Friends have to call the “house phone”. A couple of down-sides to Tracfone…you get what you pay for: their customer service is horrible, their phone selection is limited (but really affordable…as low as $9.99), but I am not going broke over a cell phone bill every month. It’s been about 4 years now and I won’t switch until my teens get jobs and pay for their own phones.

March 7, 2011 at 9:32 am
(3) Bob says:

That is not what that first link is about. Yes, the program needs to be expanded (quickly), but that site is a person who ddecided to whine because people who are worse offf than him/her are getting something s/he isn’t. Lovely. Save the money youre putting towards a website. Then you won’t need to whine. I saved my money and now I can get the things I need.

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