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Colleges And Universities Are Cutting Landline Telephones



With the rise in popularity of mobile phones, who can blame them for doing so?
The University of Virginia removed about 3,850 telephones from residence halls over the summer, the school said this week. The school’s housing department will save $500,000 a year by not providing telephone service, officials said, adding that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon had funded improvements in coverage on campus.

“Students may still request a land-line telephone, but I don’t anticipate that a lot will,” said chief housing officer Mark Doherty in a statement. “Over the past several years, land-line use has decreased a lot.”

A survey by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics released in May found that about a quarter of American homes had only cellphones, and an additional 15% had a landline but received almost all calls on mobile devices.
My emphasis.

Ever since our move to the new house (which went swimmingly, by the way), TPW and I have neglected to re-instate our telephone service. This means that we don't have Internet access at home (gah), but because of our mobile phones, we can post to Twitter and Facebook -- and save ourselves between $50 and $100 per month.

With the economy the way that it is, coupled with downward trends in first-year student enrollment, the ability to trim $500,000 from your budget is definitely a good thing.