What happens when you get a job or move out of public housing or become ineligible for a free government cell phone for one reason or another?
At that point, you should contact your service provider and ask them to cancel your account. Then you have a couple decisions to make: Some service providers offer paid plans. You can choose to continue with the same service provider under one of those paid plans, or you can switch to a paid plan with a different service provider. Why would you want to switch? Lots of reasons. Better service, better coverage, better prices, etc.
If you don’t contact your service provider to cancel your account, it will be automatically cancelled by the service provider after it has been inactive for thirty days or on the anniversary of your Lifeline start date when you do not recertify that you are eligible.
Details vary, but you can learn more by contacting one of the outstanding free government cell phone providers.