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Students Required to Buy Cell Phone

Nov - 27 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

Now, I’m all for campus safety and for colleges using the technology that our students are using – but this is a bit much!

Students at Montclair State University in Dirty Jersey now must purchase, out of their own pocket, a Sprint cellphone, dubbed the "School Phone" by students. Ostensibly, the plan is designed to ensure student's safety. The least expensive plan, which includes a paltry 50 peak voice minutes (but unlimited text messages and on-campus data transfer), costs $420 per year.

Students should be able to pick their own phone and plan – some are just better/cheaper than others – and the campus should learn to work with all cell phones. And if a student can’t afford a cell phone then the school should come up with some compensation – a scholarship fund of sorts.

Via CrunchGear.

6 Responses so far.

  1. Andrew says:

    Mercer has a similar program. I can’t seem to find the link to at the moment, but there were some of the same complaints. They could only use a certain type of phone. The reasoning behind it was due to the company they were working with for being able to send messages (or that was my understanding) it could be a certain type. I think Mercer’s has more minutes than that.

    This all seemed to come about because of the shootings at VT earlier this year. I think requiring the cell phones was a way of making sure the messages got to the students, a COYA moment. I know its bad, but the world is no longer as it once was schools are looking for ways to keep people safe.

  2. Nicole says:

    I wouldn’t mind needing a phone – but I mind having to change my service provider because the school says so … most people already have phones and contracts – what are they supposed to do? Break their contracts and pay for a different service? And Sprint? Are you kidding me!! The students will never get their messages.

  3. Andrew says:

    Mercer has a similar program. I can’t seem to find the link to at the moment, but there were some of the same complaints. They could only use a certain type of phone. The reasoning behind it was due to the company they were working with for being able to send messages (or that was my understanding) it could be a certain type. I think Mercer’s has more minutes than that.

    This all seemed to come about because of the shootings at VT earlier this year. I think requiring the cell phones was a way of making sure the messages got to the students, a COYA moment. I know its bad, but the world is no longer as it once was schools are looking for ways to keep people safe.

  4. Nicole says:

    I wouldn’t mind needing a phone – but I mind having to change my service provider because the school says so … most people already have phones and contracts – what are they supposed to do? Break their contracts and pay for a different service? And Sprint? Are you kidding me!! The students will never get their messages.

  5. That just sounds like someone is getting kickbacks from Sprint to me. :P

  6. That just sounds like someone is getting kickbacks from Sprint to me. :P


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