Free Lumia 900 offered to Seton Hall University freshmen

If you are a freshmen that will be attending Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey this coming school year, you will be getting more for your tuition than just a room and free meals. Today, Nokia announced that all incoming freshmen at the university will be getting a Nokia Lumia 900 this fall; the program is part of a partnership between Nokia, Microsoft and AT&T.

In addition to the Lumia 900, freshmen will also receive a custom version of the university's SHUmobile app made just for the smartphone. The special app will include the Freshmen Experience, which will add " ... customized social media integration and direct communication channels with their freshmen peers, peer academic advisers, housing information and roommates."

Seton Hall University will get a jump start on their freshmen class by using the Nokia Data Gathering service. It will, among other things, let the university communicate with their students this Summer by providing, among other things, information about to use the Lumia 900.

In a statement, Michael Taylor, Academic Director, Center for Mobile Research & Innovation for Seton Hall, says:

Mobile technology has become ubiquitous and pervasive, but we are just beginning to understand the breadth of its impact across campus. Smartphone use in higher education has tended to rely on finding a specific app to fulfill a specific curricular purpose. With the close collaboration between Nokia and Microsoft on the Lumia 900, the phone itself takes center stage.

Source: Nokia press release

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not a bad deal, i wish my university could offer something like this, not only the tuition on their pockets and some lectures given by some crappy teachers

xendrome said,
So freshman get them, yet the people who have sank 3-4 years worth of time/tuition get nothing, that seems fair...
That's a bit of a bitter way to look at it. As long as they leave with a degree, then they will be leaving with something that does not cost them a monthly fee beyond student loans that the freshmen aren't immune from, and far more valuable (degree depending).

I thought my chocolate bar, orange juice, shampoo/soap testers, coupons and an A1 calendar for the year was a pretty good freshers pack.

Though the name "Nokia Data Gathering service" sends chills up my spine, even if it is legit.

HoochieMamma said,
Can't sell em? Give em away!

I guess dominating the AT&T best sellers for 2 months straight since release counts as "not selling"? And you think Seton Hall isn't paying for each of those Lumias?
You're a dimwit.

HoochieMamma said,
Can't sell em? Give em away!

So I guess a couple years ago, when all Seton Hill (not to be confused with Seton Hall) students, or all George Fox University students, or all Zeeland MI Public Schools, or all Illinois school district 214, and so on and so on (those were found with a quick Bing search) received free iPads or MacBook Pros. I guess Apple needs some way to get their numbers up so they can create more phony charts.