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Low-income Virginians could be eligible to get free cell phones and wireless service.

Assurance Wireless is a new service of Virgin Mobile USA. It's offering a free phone, with 200 minutes of free air time, call waiting, caller ID and voice mail. Additional time, text-messaging and other services, can be purchased for 20 cents a minute.

For people to qualify they must participate in a government funded program such as food stamps or Medicaid. They will also qualify if they have a household income at or below 135 percent of the 2009 federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four that translates to just under $30,000.

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