I've heard of land lines having restricted service like that for unpaid bills. You only pay on land lines when you make a call not when your receive one. But cell phones? You pay whether you make the call or receive it -- you're paying for the air time. Cell phones are shut off both ways for non-payment. They might retain 911 capabilities but they wouldn't receive calls. Also, who starts reprogramming phones when they're so drunk they are passing out?