Free Cell Phones Voice & Text for Low-Income in Arizona (AZ)

Assurance WirelessAssurance Wireless is now offering free cell phones to load-income households in Arizona through the Federal Lifeline Assistance Fund.  The company also offers discounted service for more minutes and text messages for those who qualify.  Assurance Wireless is provided through Virgin Mobile and covers the same areas as the Sprint network.

The free cell phones can be used for personal and business purposes. New guidelines allow for separate household that live at the same address to be eligible including residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes.

To learn more about Assurance Wireless, including eligibility requirements, please call 1-800-395-2171 or visit

Only one wireless or landline Lifeline account is allowed per household and service is non-transferable.
The address you provide for your phone service must be your place of residence, whether permanent or temporary.

If you already have a Virgin Mobile phone you can use it with Assurance Wireless. Selected Virgin Mobile phones may be used with an Assurance Wireless account excluding the Party Animal, Super Model, Blackberry and Android models.  For the best customer experience the company encourages you to use the handset sent to you by Assurance Wireless

Assurance Wireless includes:

  • Free cell phone, 250 free text messages and 250 minutes of free monthly voice service to eligible residents
  • The $5 Talk and Text Plan also offers a free cell phone plus 500 text messages and 500 voice minutes.
  • 1,000 total voice minutes and 1,000 text messages for $20 per month.

Low-income families of military personnel may also quality for free cell phones.

Assurance Wireless is currently now available in 35 states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, 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.

Assurance Wireless is not the only provider of free cell phones for low-income households, to read our how-to article

Most people who are on public assistance qualify for the programs. Assurance Wireless offers the most free text messages and minutes while Safelink and Life Wireless offer about the same allotment.