Smartphones At School: Seton Hall To Give Freshman Class Free Phones In New Program

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Seton Hall University professors shouldn’t be surprised if they catch freshmen texting in class this fall.

All 1,400 members of the incoming class are getting new smartphones and free cell phone plans when they arrive at the Catholic university for freshman orientation this summer, school officials said Wednesday.

The program, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the nation, will provide undergraduates on the South Orange campus with a Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone and a pre-paid AT&T cell phone plan.

The phones come with a customized "Freshman Experience" app where students can get their housing information and connect with other freshmen and academic advisers. The devices will also be used in the classroom to teach students how to use mobile computing in their future careers.

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