New Mexico is one of the few states in the country that is seeing a creeping backslide toward a slowdown. While the nation’s unemployment rate has slowly decreases, it has actually gone up in the state. After seeing months of gains, the state started losing jobs in June, and unfortunately that trend has yet to stop .In Santa Fe, the news is even worse, where sources have said the city as lost jobs for almost 40 months in a row. To add to the cloudy forecast, it is a state that could be most negatively impacted by reduced government as  over 13% of the state workers are employed by the federal government, so lawmakers in the state will be carefully watching the budget talks in Washington DC very closely.

There seems to be plenty of bad news to go around; Assurance Wireless however is now coming to the state  to help those who may be having a hard time of it. As a resident of New Mexico, you may be eligible to get a cell phone and 250 minutes monthly, absolutely free. As a customer of Assurance Wireless, you never, ever need to pay a fee or make any deposits, commit to a contract or submit to a credit check.

How to Qualify for Assurance Wireless in New Mexico

You can qualify for Assurance Wireless service in New Mexico under income-based eligibility criteria or government program-based eligibility criteria as long as no one else in your household currently has a Lifeline phone.

Government Program-Based Eligibility Guidelines

If you are a participant in one or more of the following government assistance programs, you probably qualify for Assurance Wireless phone service in Ohio:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/ SNAPS
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program (NSL)
  • Supplemental Security Income-Blind & Disabled (SSDI)

If you qualify for Assurance Wireless service under government program-based eligibility guidelines, you are NOW required to send in any supporting documentation at this time. If you qualify under the government program-based eligibility, you do not need to complete the income-based section.

Income-Based Eligibility Guidelines

If you do not qualify under government program eligibility, you may qualify for Assurance Wireless service in New Mexico if your total household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Find the size of your household below and compare the annual income. If your household income falls below this amount, then you probably qualify for Assurance Wireless service.

Size of Household

New Mexico

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For each additional household member, please add 5,940.


For an Application for an Assurance Wireless phone as a New Mexico resident, please click the link directly below.

Click here to get an Assurance Wireless Application for New Mexico

Other free government cell phone providers in the state of New Mexico (click the link(s) below to see details about other providers in your state):

Safelink Wireless