Residents Invited to Register for Free Cell Phone Program for Low Income Families

Assurance Wireless, a new cell phone service operating under the Sprint Prepaid division, will be on hand tomorrow, Sunday May 16th from 1pm – 6pm at the “The Shops at Gateway” at the Gateway Center Mall offering low income individuals the opportunity to have a cell phone with 200 free minutes a month.  Andrew de Lara, with Corporate Communications/PR at Sprint Nextel put it best by saying:

“We really see this as an opportunity to make those less fortunate aware of this valuable resource – one that can change the lives of people in the Bronx who need a little help getting back on their feet. We recognize that a cell phone is crucial in getting back in the job market (potential employers do need to get in touch with candidates and such – and they still need to stay connected with their loved ones).”

There are several ways one can qualify for this free cell phone service some which are:

  • Medicaid
  • SMAP (food stamps), 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Low Income Housing Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) 
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
Let’s take this opportunity to give a big Melrose THANK YOU to all at Sprint Nextel for this wonderful opportunity to the people of The Bronx.  It’s about time that someone does something for the poorest congressional district in the entire country!
On a separate but related note, for cell phone repair, visit 1800Fix!

Full Press Release:


Residents Invited to Register for Free Cell Phone Program for Low Income Families
Assurance Wireless will be in attendance taking applications for low income eligible residents to receive a free cell phone and service and on hand for interviews during the Grand Opening of “The Shops” at the Gateway Center. 
Assurance Wireless is a new cell phone service for eligible low-income households from Virgin Mobile USA
, part of Sprint’s Prepaid group.  Eligible New York State residents can receive a free cell phone and 200 free minutes of air time for local and long distance calling every month.
Eligibility can be determined by calling Assurance Wireless at 888-898-4888 and more information is available at  Generally, those receiving Medicaid, SMAP (food stamps), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8, Low Income Housing Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), or the National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program may be eligible for Assurance Wireless.  Customers may also qualify based on household income and Federal poverty guidelines.  Eligibility varies by state.
Sunday May 16, 2010
12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Kenneth Poindexter, Assurance Wireless Relationship Manager
Shops at Gateway
3rd Avenue 149th-156th Street
Bronx, NY
Interview and photo opportunity during grand opening with:
·       Kenneth Poindexter, Assurance Wireless Relationship Manager
Onsite: Ken Poindexter – 703-731-4947
Media Contact – Assurance Wireless
Jack Pflanz – 315-374-0693


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