Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
If you go for 30 days with out using your Lifeline Assistance/Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) free government cell phone you will be “de-enrolled” from the program. The use of the phone is called “utilization.” It is defined as making or receiving a call, attempting to make a call, checking voicemail, sending or opening a text message, checking airtime balance with the dialing sequence of the vendor, any sort of data usage or adding airtime minutes.
If you become de-enrolled, you will have a 30-day grace period to re-enroll by calling the company’s customer service line.
If you do not re-enroll within the 30-day grace period, your phone will be deactivated.
If your Lifeline account is cancelled due to non-use, you’ll need to reapply and provide proof of your eligibility in order to get your account reinstated.
It’s important to note that the rules for Lifeline account cancellation due to non-use may vary depending on your service provider and the specific Lifeline program that you are enrolled in. If you are concerned about your Lifeline account being cancelled, it’s a good idea to contact your service provider or the Lifeline program administrator in your state for more information.
The upshot: Use the darn phone the government gave you.