Hey, readers. I need your help to determine whether I've just been discovered by a valuable resource for job seekers or a scam.
A company called Assurance Wireless left a comment yesterday on an old blog post. The writer describes the company as "a new cell phone service for eligible low-income households from Virgin Mobile USA, part of Sprint’s Prepaid group."
The comment is lengthy and provides a lot of details, then conveniently links back to their own website. I was about to delete it as spam when I read that they'll be holding an event at the upcoming Tennessee Association for Community Action Conference. I clicked over to check out this Association, and yes, it's a real conference for real community action agencies. I'm a big fan of CAAs, so I had to pause. If the CAA association in Tennessee has given Assurance Wireless the thumb's up, then maybe this is the real deal.
I clicked over to the company website, and wasn't impressed. I now know that "Assurance Wireless offers a FREE wireless phone and 200 minutes of wireless service to eligible customers each month." I also know that it's "brought to you by Virgin Mobile USA and is a Lifeline Assistance program supported by the Universal Service Fund," which is one of the many small taxes I pay on my phone bills. But I don't know much more than that.
I still ask: is this a scam targeting low-income people?
Here's how you can help:
If you or anyone you know has had any experience with Assurance Wireless, please add your comments below or send me an email.
If you're from Assurance Wireless or one of its parent companies, you're also welcome to add comments and additional explanation below, but please do identify yourself as such.
Please forward this post to colleagues who might be able to help out with info and insights into Assurance Wireless.
Old British telephones - photo by Dan Brady