Nine out of 10 college students carry cell phones, and many of them use traditional landline phones rarely or not at all. Some schools are seeking new ways to maintain a line of communication while deploying technologies they believe students want and need, reports eSchool News.
Some colleges have abandoned the wires and phone jacks in their dormitories. Many of those systems, formerly a source of extra revenue for institutions, now operate at a loss.
As a replacement, some have introduced their own cellular services and handsets customized to connect students with campus services and information, while adding new tools for security–such as optional Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking–and instruction.