Assist Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone provider operating in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, and Oklahoma. While Assist is not a very large company, they are expanding, and plan to offer their plans soon to customers living in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Texas. Assist Wireless offers a number of different plans, which gives subscribers some control over their options (particularly tribal subscribers). There is also the option to top-up as needed.
Assist Wireless Plans
* Lifeline Unlimited Voice & Text with Data: Unlimited domestic airtime and texts, along with 200 MB of data to use.
* Lifeline Unlimited Voice & Text: This is the same plan as the one above without the data. The plan costs $36 per month for nontribal subscribers, and $1 per month for tribal subscribers.
* Lifeline 1000 Minutes Plus 1000 Text. This plan is available to tribal residents only, and costs $1 per month. Features include 1000 domestic minutes of airtime or text messages. Texts are assessed at the same rate as voice minutes. There are no rollover minuets for this plan, which costs $1 per month.
* 250 Lifeline Voice and Text. This plan is available to tribal and nontribal residents and is free. The texts are assessed at the same rate as the voice time. You may talk for 250 minutes per month or send and receive the equivalent in texts. This plan is comparable to other free Lifeline plans across the country. There is also a 125 plan and a 68 plan.
Assist Wireless Additional Minutes Plans run from $5 to $60. By paying with your credit or debit card, you can purchase additional minuets to top up any of the plans above in increments of $5, $10, $15, $20, $30, $50, or $60. This is great if you do not have one of the unlimited plans, and want to be able to talk for longer or send more texts for a reasonable fee. Note that not all the plans above are offered in every state where Assist operates. On the company’s website, you can navigate to your state and check which plans are applicable.
Do I Qualify?
In order to receive a free or subsidized government cell phone through Assist, you will need to qualify for Lifeline Assistance. You can do this either by meeting the income test
or the qualifying program test. You do not need to meet both. The income test means you live at or below 135% of the federal poverty level.
135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
Size of Family | Annual Income
1 | $14,702
2 | 19,859
3 | 25,016
4 | 30,173
5 | 35,330
6 | 40,487
7 | 45,644
8 | 50,801
For each Additional Person, Add 5,157
Or you must be participating in a qualifying state or federal aid program. The programs vary by state, so be sure to look up your own state’s requirements. Typical examples however include TANF, WIC, SSI, Section 8, and Food Stamps. Additionally, you will need to be living at a street address (you cannot simply use a P.O box), and you must be the only member of your household applying for or receiving Lifeline Assistance. Only one phone is permitted for each household that qualifies.
Assist Wireless has offices located throughout the state of Oklahoma, so if you are living in OK, you can apply in person if you would like. Otherwise, you will need to apply online on the company’s website. Accessing their enrollment form allows you to input your zip code and check to make sure that the company offers service in your area. From there, you can review the terms and conditions, input information on your household and personal information, and upload your eligibility documents. Along with the application, you must also submit verification that you meet one of the two eligibility tests described above (the income test or the qualifying program test).
For residents of the states of Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, and Oklahoma, Assist Wireless offers some great plans and top-up options. If you are living on tribal grounds, you may have access to some really outstanding deals. So check out Assist Wireless’ website and see if you qualify. If you do, send in your application and look forward to talking on your free government cell phone!