Mobile Phones

Mobile Phones
Audience: Faculty, Staff, IT


ACCC handles the management and administration of cell phone and mobile data plans centrally contracted through the state of Illinois.


ACCC maintains a current listing of offerings from our providers, while also allowing requests for those devices to be routed through an online portal.  Our portal then handles authentication, and approval before sending the requests on to the provider for order fulfillment.  Devices are sent back to us, the accounts are registered in our telecommunications management billing system and the users is contacted to pick up the device.


The new OBFS policy on Cell Phones and Related services (click here to view) that will be effective on January 1, 2012, requires changes to the related services currently provided by ACCC. This web page is intended to answer your questions about these changes. If after reviewing this material you still have any questions, please contact us by sending email to

Summary of changes:

  1. No University employees or units will be able to order institutionally provided cell phones and related services, effective immediately.
  2. All institutionally provided cell phones and related services will be canceled on 12/31/2011 unless your unit is granted an exception. Exception requests must be submitted to Heather Haberacker at by 10/28/2011. To access the form please visit the OBFS Mobile Communications Equipment policy page.
  3. ACCC Telecommunications will be sending out lists of services being billed back to each unit to your designated phone contacts. We ask that units review these lists, check off the appropriate action for each phone and submit to us by 12/1/11. There are four options for each phone:
    1. Cancel phone, return equipment to unit.
    2. Transfer service/phone number to personally owned equipment, return university owned equipment to unit.
    3. Purchase existing University provided phone equipment from unit and transfer service phone number to personal account.
    4. Request exception with OBFS by 10/28/11, as outlined in OBFS Mobile Communications Equipment policy page
  4. ACCC Telecommunications will be coordinating sessions on campus with the major carriers. For units/individuals that are selecting options to transfer the service to personally liable/owned devices we will require units to submit to us "Authorization to transfer to personally liable forms" on the days of the events.
  5. Some employees may qualify for a taxable stipend that defrays the cost of using personally-owned mobile communications equipment and data or Internet service plans for University business. These stipends must be approved by college-level chief executives (deans, vice chancellors, or associate vice presidents). For more information please visit the Request an Employee Stipend for Mobile Communications page.