“We are putting in multiple common-area phones in the hallways on each floor, for students to make local and 911 calls,” said University of Indianapolis spokesman Scott Hall.

Ball State marketing Professor Michael Hanley, whose campus still uses landlines, has conducted nearly a dozen student surveys since 2005 and estimates cell-phone usage is nearly universal on that campus: 99.8 percent of all students have them; nine out of 10 use smart phones with internet technology; and a growing number are using text messaging rather than eMails.

His survey results are similar to the national rate use on other campuses.

“College students are the first to adopt new types of communication technologies,” Hanley said, but don’t look for every college to quickly respond. “It will take another five to 10 years before cell phones completely replace landlines.”


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