Just Put a Pricetag on Yes (there is no “No”)

Iowa State University is going to fund its residence hall wireless project by charging students who want telephone landlines. My guess is they’ll raise about fifty bucks because 99.9% of students have cell phones. Still, I like the spirit behind move. If nothing else, it enables them to retire gracefully default installation of telephones.

2 Responses to “Just Put a Pricetag on Yes (there is no “No”)”

  1. JP said:

    Oct 10, 08 at 3:13 am

    For more than 10 years, we’ve supplied every dorm room here with a free (to the student) analog phone and voice mail. In our recent switch to VoIP, I tried to convince TPTB that all the students had cell phones anyway, most of them never even touched the phones we supplied, and that it was a good time to stop doing that. The guy in charge of the dorms was so convinced he pulled all the phones out before we even made the switch, just to get students used to the idea. In the end, it’s saved a lot of money. OTOH, I have dozens of big ugly industrial phones to dispose of.

  2. admin said:

    Oct 10, 08 at 4:00 pm

    Wow. I think you should get a Nobel Prize in “pulling the plug before it’s even time”–I’ve never heard of this happening before! I want to figure out a way to hook up the industrial phone receiver to my PDA. Those old receivers seem so much more comfortable to me.

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