NC Partnership to Aid Residents Facing Economic Hardship

Assurance Wireless, a cell phone service from Virgin Mobile that provides a free wireless phone and 200 free minutes of wireless voice service monthly to eligible customers, has announced a new alliance with the North Carolina Community Action Association. The partnership will help North Carolina’s more than 454,000 unemployed residents determine their eligibility and enroll in Assurance Wireless.

“Our community has been affected severely by current economic conditions,” said Sharon Goodson, NCCAA executive director. “We look forward to working Assurance Wireless to help North Carolinians combat these tough times.”

The North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of North Carolina’s low-income and elderly citizens to ensure their voice is heard at the local, state and national levels.

Not only does Assurance Wireless help low-income customers cut monthly costs, but it also provides them a contact number for return calls from prospective employers, which, studies show, can improve the chances of securing employment. Assurance Wireless launched in North Carolinain December 2009.

“With more than 738,000 North Carolinians living below the poverty level, we are looking forward to working with the NCCAA to help their clients get back on their feet,” said Gary Carter, Manager for National Partnerships for Assurance Wireless. “This week’s event will be a great opportunity for eligible residents to enroll on the spot and start taking advantage of Assurance’s cost-saving services.”

In addition to free voice mail and call waiting, Assurance Wireless provides caller ID and access to 911 in case of emergency. Beyond the free 200 minutes, customers can pay for additional 10-cent-per-minute domestic calling, 10-cent text, e-mail or instant messages, international calling at competitive rates, and more.

Customers eligible for Assurance Wireless include those who participate in Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA/TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs (BIA), Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or National SchoolLunch Program’s Free Lunch Program. Customers may also qualify based on low household income.

Eligible residents can apply for Assurance Wireless by calling (800) 395-2171, or visiting

Assurance Wireless is currently also available in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. In North Carolina, the service provides nearly triple the amount of minutes offered by Safelink Wireless®.

About Assurance Wireless
Assurance Wireless, one of Sprint’s prepaid 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), and designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at reasonable and affordable rates. Assurance Wireless uses the Nationwide Sprint Network, which reaches more than 275 million people.

To learn more about Assurance Wireless, including eligibility requirements, please call (800) 395-2171 or visit Information is available in English and Spanish.

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