Colleges Dole Out iPhones to Students

At least four colleges and universities are experimenting with giving iPhones or Internet capable iPods to students, as the institutions take a look at how to communicate with their student bodies. I’m sure this isn’t going to be without controversy. But according to this New York Times article, the University of Maryland, Oklahoma Christian University, Abilene Christian, and Freed-Hardemen are giving out the devices to some or all of their students.

Students have to pony up for the mobile phone service, and I’m sure AT&T is licking its chops, and the article makes a couple of knocks at AT&T’s 3G service, saying that the campus networks will probably be more reliable.