“Can I use my current phone with my free government cell phone service?” is the one of the most frequently asked question we get here at FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net. And no wonder: Millions of Americans have spent hundreds of dollars to purchase their own cell phones and really want to hear that they are compatible with the free government cell phone program.
With that in mind, we put our team of ace research assistants to work gathering the official policies from each and every company that participates in the Lifeline Assistance cell phone program.
Bring Your Own Phone (also called BYOP) or Bring Your Own Device (also called BYOD) plans have become very, very popular in the Lifeline Assistance program. BYOP plans allow users to bring their own device, such as a smartphone, to a new carrier rather than purchasing a new phone from the carrier.
BYOP plans offer several advantages for Lifeline customers. (1) They can potentially save you money by avoiding the upfront cost of purchasing a new phone. (2) You can keep your current phone and phone number which makes it much easier to maintain contact with all your friends and family. Finally, (3) BYOP plans may offer more flexibility and choice because you can choose the carrier and plan that meets your needs best.
The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t require Lifeline Assistance service provider to offer BYOP plans to their customers. That being said, BYOP/BYOD plans are very popular with Lifeline customers and many service providers offer them.
Here’s what we advise: Check out all the service providers in your state. Find two or three that you are happy with. Call each of their customer service teams to ask if they offer BYOP plans, or visit their websites to see if you can find any references to BYOP. If you have a phone you’re happy with, enroll with the company that offers the most attractive BYOP plan.