Sprint launches cell service for low-income Kentuckians

Sprint announced Thursday it will bring its Assurance Wireless service for people who receive government subsidies to Kentucky.

The service, which is already available in 25 states, provides a cell phone and 250 minutes per month for free. The goal is to connect people with potential employers, medical provider and child caregivers, according to a Sprint news release.

The wireless provider estimated more than 350,000 Kentuckians would be eligible for the service.

After the 250 minutes are used, customers can purchase additional minutes or capabilities such as texting and international calling.

People eligible for service include those who participate in the following programs: Medicaid, food stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, Section 8 federal housing assistance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance and the National School Lunch Program's free lunch offering. Documentation is required to prove you're eligible.

For information, visit or call 1-800-395-2171.