University offers free iPhone 3G to incoming freshmen

University offers free iPhone 3G to incoming freshmen
Those that are Apple fans would be envious, as incoming Freshmen to Abilene Christian University this year have just been treated to the choice of an iPhone 3G or an iPod Touch upon entrance to the university. The program is a first for the university, and the devices are said to come with preloaded applications to provide help in "academics and studying."

Students expressed happiness about the ability to use the device in class for research purposes: “I use it in four of my five classes," says Halie Davis, a teenager from Rankin, in west Texas, who chose the iPhone out of the two devices. "If your teacher says 'get out your iPhone and look up a word' you can do a Google search or check Wikipedia on the Internet. It's really fast.”

The university offers the students read-only access to Xythos, the university's online document management system launched earlier this year, via their devices. Through the system, instructors can add essential class documents, such as the course syllabus, PDF files, and assignments. The applications are web-based, chosen by the university in part for future expansion outside of the bounds of the iPhone.

Another popular application, known as 'mymobile,' allows users to find crucial class information. "You click on the tab and it tells you the classes you're enrolled in, where they are, the professor's name, and [gives you] a 3-D map of the campus. That was really, really helpful to find your way around."

A question that many initially had was why the university didn't choose to equip the students with laptops versus the mobile devices. University CIO Kevin Roberts stated that laptops were considered a few years ago, however it was revealed that, among the devices having poor battery life, incoming students were bringing their own computers. They also faced another hurdle; in conjunction with adding the Wi-Fi enabled devices, they realized that they would need to increase the capacity of the network, as it wasn't prepared to handle a "constantly connected population." Access points on ACU's campus have jumped to 500 total, up from 176 initially. Additionally, 130 are slated for release by summer of 2009.

The cost of the iPhone monthly plan (if the iPhone was chosen out of the two devices) is something else to consider, but regardless, a nice entry treat into the university!

Source: Slashdot and NetworkWorld via BGR



25. douche unregistered

FREE? c'mon, its called Technology Fee. if you think you are getting it for free, you should get your letter of admittance taken away and apply to McDonalds.

19. unregistered

thats cool..but itll probly lead to higher tuition to pay for more phones for more incoming is a buisness whether you like it or not and they do buisness practices to get more money out of people...this is one of them im sure...its nice to have but your still gonna cough up all the money for tuition, room and board, and if someone said before is correct that this is a private school....well there goes your nuts along with the arm and leg...

13. DamonO unregistered

I pulled up that address ( 1600 Campus Court Abilene, TX 79699 ) on coverage check and the service is BEST. I am willing to bet that whoever stated that there is only AT&T service probably works for AT&T and thinks that a statement like that will help their sales. Sorry son but lying helps no one.

15. elgee unregistered

I think that person was talking about Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

21. T-Money3000 unregistered

Thanx Elgee... at least someone's smart enough to know. As for AT&T on campus, it's confirmed by an AT&T rep I know. They DO have a contract with Stanford. This doesn't mean other carriers DON'T work at all but not as good as AT&T. As a business move, this was really smart on AT&T's part.

23. unregistered

Well you're att rep is wrong... obviously. If they had a contract no other carrier would work there and yet other carriers do work there. not to mention you really can't sign a contract to have control of what signals go through the air. if that was the case I am just going to sign a contract with verizon and have them the only carrier that will work at my house.

24. unregistered

contracts are for carriers (at&t in this case) being the only carrier to have cell towers on campus.... douche... you can have towers off campus property...

8. elgee02 unregistered

Why anyone would go to ACU is beyond me. I did a cross country meet in HS at the ACU campus and visited a friend there a few times, that place is a dump. ACU is for people wanting to go into a private Christian college but couldn't get accepted into TCU or SMU. Or don't have the ***load of money the latter 2 schools charge for tuition. Anyways, I wonder how much this costs the school and if they get a huge kickback from AT&T and/or Apple.

4. unregistered

Heyyyyy do they pay the phone bill too?

5. T-Money3000 unregistered

No. the article says students or the parents are responsible for the bill.

7. T-Money3000 unregistered

At least it USED to say that.....

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18. unregistered

...and T-Money3000 does it again! Damn, your on a roll today buddy!

3. unregistered

its sounds liks a plea for more students. more students equal more money. oh and BTW i was just on stanfords campus about 2 months ago and my phone was fully functional (vzw).

6. T-Money3000 unregistered

Well that's good to know cuz I have a friend that works in the VZW store in P.A. and said VZW is dead on campus,.

11. Dexter unregistered

If stanford was in P.A. that would be great, but it's in C.A.

14. unregistered

I am currently a student at Stanford, and sprint is my carrier. I will admit that I don’t get full bars when on campus, but that is true for every carrier. My phone works just fine on campus and around the Palo Alto area, with the exception of 1 or two dropped calls. There isn’t s AT&T conspiracy in any sense of the word, or at least that I have experienced in the last 2 ½ years.

16. unregistered

Do u mean Penn State then?

17. unregistered

Congratulations T-Money3000..... you are the winner of the biggest d-bag of the day award! WOW, your mom must be really excited!

22. elgee02 unregistered

No genius PA for Palo Alto, the city where Stanford is located.

1. T-Money3000 unregistered

I wonder if this University has a similar deal like Stanford. Only AT&T work on their campus. Anything and everything else is DEAD! D-E-D DEAD!!

2. crd22

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

I never heard of this, but Stanford must be making big (B-I-G!) bucks to do this. It sounds way too restrictive tactually happen, but it wasn't my choice. This program with free iPhones is pretty unique and sounds good. Most schools should have this. Or at least a choice between other smartphones.

10. jbarron

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2008

D-E-D ?? Is that supposed to be D-E-A-D?

12. unregistered

yea, its a joke from the movie Robin Hood Men in Tights

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