iPhones go to the front of the class at Texas university


When almost 1,000 freshman students showed up at Abilene Christian University on Aug. 16, they got something more than the usual medical release forms, parking permits, and Welcome Week T-shirts: They also got their choice of a brand-new Apple iPhone 3G or iPod Touch, plus a package of ACU-written web applications to use on them, Network World reports. The hardware is part of the Texas university’s pilot mobile learning project, which has been gestating for over a year. About 650 first-year students chose the iPhone, and about 300 chose the iPod Touch, which is a very similar device but without the 3G radio. (Both devices incorporate an 802.11g Wi-Fi adapter.) ACU pays for the hardware; each student (or his parents) select and pay for the monthly AT&T service plan. And after just six weeks, the freshmen seem fully mobilized…

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