Seton Hall University Offers Lumia 900s to Give "Freshmen Experience"
June 12, 2012 1:00 PM
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New recruits will receive the cream of the Windows phone crop, in-house messaging, networking
Seton Hall University
, like many schools, has a mobile computing initiative. But where most schools simply try to make their websites friendlier to mobile devices, Seton Hall is going the extra mile with an unusual initiative. It's paired with AT&T, Inc. (
) and Nokia Oyj. (
) to distribute units of
Lumia 900 LTE Windows Phone
to new incoming students in the class of 2016.
Comments Michael Taylor, Academic Director, Center for Mobile Research & Innovation, "Mobile technology has become ubiquitous and pervasive, but we are just beginning to understand the breadth of its impact across campus. Smartphone use in higher education has tended to rely on finding a specific app to fulfill a specific curricular purpose. With the close collaboration between Nokia and Microsoft on the Lumia 900, the phone itself takes center stage."
University faculty say the phones will help students have 24-7 access to Microsoft Corp.'s (
) Office suite. They say the phone giveaway will provide a "more engaged and integrated learning experience."
Seton Hall University [Image Source: US News]
But Seton Hall also plans to leverage the devices to help their incoming freshmen escape the "awkward turtle" phase and connect with their new classmates. The university has a cross-platform smartphone app that provides news feeds, maps, and directories, but it's introducing a Windows Phone exclusive piece of content called the "Freshmen Experience".
Something like a mini-social network, the feature "adds customized social media integration and direct communication channels with [students'] freshmen peers, peer academic advisors, housing information and roommates."
The Lumia 900 (Click image to enlarge) [©: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]
Sorry iPhone users, says Seton Hall, no Freshmen Experience for you.
The Lumia 900 retails for $100, which is a whole lot cheaper than Seton Hall tuition which is well over $30,000 USD per year for undergraduates [
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6/12/2012 1:44:57 PM
Consider that by then processors will be on the 11 nm node (if Intel's roadmap works out), and then day tablets should be as powerful as our current day desktops. It'd be like a university handing out those original RAZR flip phones to an incoming class this year, and saying "hey, we're preparing you for the future!"
Giving tablets for text books is one thing, but giving students an ancient phone? How does that do anything constructive or make sense? And it sure isn't going to offer 24/7 connectivity to MS Office as they are trying to imply. The students will all already have a smartphone most likely anyways, so why force them to pay more in their tuition for this? And who will pay for the phone's plan? This is one of those "sounds great in our head" ideas, but not so much in reality.
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