Seton Hall University giving all incoming freshmen Nokia Lumia 900s

Seton hall will also use Nokia's data gathering service.

Nokia announced this week that Seton Hall University will be giving all its incoming freshmen this fall a Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone.

All Seton Hall students—no matter what their mobile device platform—currently have access to SHUmobile, an app that provides access to campus news feeds, directories, and maps.

But the Seton Hall freshmen receiving the Lumia 900s will have access to a custom Freshmen Experience component of the app, according to the Nokia news release.

This personalized element adds customized social media integration and direct communication channels with their freshmen peers, peer academic advisors, housing information, and roommates.

Additionally, the university will leverage Nokia Data Gathering, recently made available for Windows Phone, to communicate with the incoming freshmen beginning this summer by conducting polls, providing information to help students prepare for college and to learn how the Lumia 900 and other technologies are being used.

The phones will be given to all incoming freshmen for free, a result of a partnership between Nokia, AT&T, and Microsoft. Students will receive pre-paid service and support from AT&T through the fall semester and then transfer their devices to their personal accounts after the fall semester, according to a Nokia spokeswoman.

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