Access Wireless provides its customers free government cell phones and free monthly plans (including Exclusive Wireless rewards program) in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The list of states citizens of which can apply for a free phone with this Lifeline program will increase when more approvals for Access Wireless service from state authorities are granted.
This Lifeline government communication service is provided by i-Wireless, LLC and uses Sprint network to enable its subscribers to benefit from a national-wide coverage. The free minutes, unlimited texts and the Internet data package are added to every plan phone number at the beginning of each month and can be used for local or long distance domestic calls. Their amount doesn’t depend on whether you use a free government cell phone or a smartphone. Access Wireless works on the no-contract basis, hence, no bills or additional fees are expected to be paid by its consumers.
If you want to get more airtime minutes from Access Wireless when basic plan ones are gone, you can get one of the top-up cards. I-wireless airtime cards (available at Kroger stores) are also suitable for this purpose. One of the benefits of Access Wireless top-up cards is that they come not only with talk minutes but also with other bonuses. For example, a 25 dollar top-up will give you 300 anytime airtime minutes + unlimited text messages for 30 days + 500 MB data package. If you use a smart mobile device, the last bonus can be especially helpful. The $10 and $50 cards are also available for purchasing.
There are also several great ways to get to get more minutes for free.
The first one in participation in a special promo action. Access Wireless is the only Lifeline program that participates in a reward plan program with Kroger stores. 20 minutes are given at no cost for every 100 bucks spent at Kroger’s. Additional terms and conditions apply to this promo. You can read about them at www.accesswireless.com, which is the official website of the provider. The second way to get more free minutes is to refer a friend to enroll in the company’s plan. If such friend gets approved, 1,000 minutes are given to a referrer. Once again, some limitations apply as for the number of the referrals.
How to check eligibility and enroll?
A typical eligible applicant is the one who already participates in other federal government support programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Family Independence (TANF), Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Healthy Connections / Select Health (Medicaid), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Headstart (meeting income qualifying standards), Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), etc. Income levels are also crucial for qualification. Besides, the limit of free phones from Life Line is one per household. To check all the conditions, just enter your ZIP code in a particular form at accesswireless.com, and you will get a complete list of requirements.
The fastest way to enroll in the program is to send Access Wireless application to the company. It can be downloaded from the same web page with eligibility requirements. Just fill in your information and attach the eligibility documents copies and mail it to Access Wireless, One Levee Way, Suite 3106, Newport, KY 41071. You can also fax it to 1-888-594-4473.
Access Wireless customer service number is 1-866-594-3644. It works according to the following schedule.
Monday – Friday: 8am – midnight EST
Saturday: 9am – midnight EST
Sunday: 10am – midnight EST
For New Service Questions/To Apply: 1-888-900-5899
Important notice: There may be more free government cell phone service providers operating in your state – find more information here.