Access Wireless is an i-Wireless company that provides free government-supported cell phones through the Lifeline Assistance Plan. Like the i-Wireless company, it is also affiliated with Kroger stores. Started in 2011, it has a presence in several states and is in the process of expanding. Access Wireless is distinguishing itself by offering benefits through its partnerships that we have not seen from any other Lifeline Carrier thus far. The company even offers the opportunity for customers to earn free minutes, just by doing something they need to do anyway. Their partnerships, upgrade program and top up bonuses make
The company currently offers free phones in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. When the company expands, we’ll be sure to update this information. Their partnerships, upgrade program and top up bonuses make them a program to seriously consider when looking for a phone.
Access Wireless Plan & Services
The company makes it simple. There is only one service plan. All Access Wireless customers receive 250 minutes per month. Text messages are charged at one plan minute each. There is no data allowance with the basic plan. All customers receive the following services at no cost:
- Domestic long-distance
- 911 access
- Call Waiting
All calls are handled on the Sprint network.
Access Wireless, through their partnership with i-Wireless, offers phone upgrades that are very affordable. There are basic phones that are available starting at $19.99 like the Samsung Seek. Of particular notice is their Affordable Android section, where they have 6 new Android phones for $49.99, such as the LG Optimus. For extra savings, customers may choose to purchase a refurbished version of the same phones, which start at $39.99. These prices put smart phone use within the reach of most people.
Access Wireless Top Up
Access Wireless allows top ups in three denominations: $10, $25 & $50. However, adding money to your account brings bonuses, like data and unlimited texts. The benefits are different with each top up:
- $10 – 150 additional anytime minutes, plus unlimited texting for 10 days and 100MB of data.
- $25 – 200 additional anytime minutes, plus unlimited texting for 30 days and 500MB of data.
- $50 – Unlimited anytime minutes, plus unlimited texting for 30 days and 1GB of data.
Unused plan minutes are rolled over to the next month, as long as a customer had added at least $10 to his or her account in the previous 60 days or has earned a ‘free minutes’ award through their partnership with Kroger Co. (see below).
Free Minutes with Access Wireless
The company makes it easy to earn free minutes. You don’t have to find people to refer to get the free minutes, but do something we all need to do: buy groceries! You may earn free minutes on your Access Wireless phone just by shopping at Kroger’s or any of their affiliated stores like Ralphs, Baker’s, Dillions, Smith’s Food and Drug stores and others. For every $100 you spend on qualifying purchases, you will receive 20 free minutes! The even better news is that purchases made with Food Stamps may also apply for the promotion.
How to Qualify for an Access Wireless Phone
You may qualify for a free phone from Access Wireless if you participate in one of several government-assistance programs such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Housing/Section 8 Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the National Free School Lunch Program. There are additional qualifying programs listed on the company’s website for each state. Applicants may also be eligible if their income is lower than the guideline for their state (135%-150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines). Check your state on their website for more information.
How to Apply for an Access Wireless Phone
You may go to their website and get to your state’s qualifying information by inputting your zip code. There you can print out an application and mail it to the company at the address below, or you may call 1-800-464-6010 to apply over the phone.
420 Progress Drive
Mattoon, IL 61938-9949
Customer Service numbers 1-800-464-6010, 1-866-594-3644