Assurance Wireless Dips Toe into California with SF Launch
Updated: clarified language with respect to Assurance's marketing and availability.
Assurance Wireless today announced that its service is now available to Californians for the first time, but it is only being marketed in the San Francisco metropolitan area. According to Assurance, it is using San Francisco as a test market to get the service up and running, mainly because the process for qualifying citizens for the program in California is dramatically different than what it is in other states. Though Assurance's marketing efforts will be limited to the San Francisco metropolitan area, the company said it will process applications submitted from residents in other parts of the state. Assurance Wireless provides a free cell phone and 250 monthly voice minutes to low-income families. Assurance also offers low-cost plans. For $5 per month, Assurance customers can double their monthly minutes to 500, and for $20, increase voice minutes to 1000 and add in 1000 text messages. Customers will still have access to their 250 free minutes even if they can't pay for the extra minutes. Assurance also offers pay-by-use voice minutes, text/email messages and international calling. California marks the 39th state in which Assurance now operates. Assurance is run by Virgin Mobile USA and Sprint.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
Sprint Offers Cuba Calling Plan of Its Own
Sprint today announced the availability of Sprint Cuba 20 Plus, a calling plan add-on that provides access to friends and family in Cuba. The Sprint Cuba 20 plan costs $10 per month and includes 20 voice minutes to any line in Cuba.
Cricket Expands Calling Plans to Central, South America
Cricket Wireless today made more calling and messaging add-on plans available to a greater number of countries throughout Central and South America. For $10 per month, Cricket customers can add Columbia, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic to their plan.
MetroPCS Adds Cuba to World Calling Plan
MetroPCS today added Cuba to the list of countries included in the MetroPCs World Calling add-on plan. The add-on, which costs $10 per month, now offers 20 minutes of calling to landlines or mobile devices in Cuba and unlimited texting to Cuba at no extra charge.