The Lifeline Program began in 1985, and its purpose is to ensure that all Americans have access to phone service. With the near eradication of landlines, Lifeline services now focus primarily on cell phones and internet services.
Assurance Wireless is a service provider subsidized by the Lifeline Program and provides services to those who qualify for Lifeline. Assurance provides a free smartphone, free unlimited data, unlimited text and minutes, and 10GB worth of hotspot data.
Another Lifeline-supported service is Safelink Wireless, a program provided by TracFone Wireless, which prides itself on offering no-contract service.
Like Assurance, Safelink offers qualifying customers a Lifeline plan with a free smartphone or SIM card as well as free minutes, text messages, data, and 10GB hotspot data.