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Seton Hall taps the Nokia Lumia 900 for incoming Freshman

Nokia Lumia 900 goes to college

Seton Hall University to provide Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phones to incoming Freshman

If you are an incoming freshman at Seton Hall University, it looks like you'll be getting a brand new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone to help you make it through college.

Nokia, along with AT&T, Microsoft and Seton Hall University today announced that the entire class of 2016 will receive the Lumia 900 to support the University's mission of providing state of the art technology tools to enhance the student's college experience. This initiative started in 1997 to provide mobile technology to its students. All in all, it sounds like a very attractive initiative by all involved.  

David Middleton, Seton Hall's Executive Director for the Center for Mobile Research & Innovation, noted,

"Nokia has a long history of innovation and their partnership with Microsoft allows us to extend the core academic and community resources of the University into the pocket of our students. By providing our new incoming students with the Nokia Lumia 900, Seton Hall University can expand our existing Windows services and infrastructure while providing a unique, high quality, dynamic and engaging mobile experience."

In addition to the new Windows Phones, students will have access to the SHUmobile app that provides access to campus news feeds, directories, maps and other University resources.   

Seton Hall University is a private university located in South Orange, New Jersey. Annual enrollment is 5,300 undergraduate students. While no enrollment numbers were provided, average freshmen enrollment is approximately 1,100 students.

Source: NokiaThanks, everyone, for the tip!

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Seton Hall taps the Nokia Lumia 900 for incoming Freshman

34 Comments

Slow but steady! Nokia is grabbing more & more businesses to carry the lumia 900 as their phone of choice. This is good news

Why would students need to receive new mobile phone?

I mean we are not talking about a laptop or tablet device.

They don't - and I doubt many will want to give up their iPhone or Android for this. This is almost certainly Microsoft spreading some cash to buy customers.

Seriously? Its a great promo. Why are you here if you're just going to spout negativity towards this gesture? Whether they choose it or not, it's free and an opportunity. Give it a rest or spew your negativity elsewhere like an Apple or Android forum.

Students are always looking for freebies. Always. I'm curious if the college pays the contracts on it too, and if so... this is a no brainer. Use it. If you don't like it, use your own at your own choice and expense. But if I had gone to a school that had this kind of offer, I'd say "hell yeah!"

Does it come with free service? If so, it's hard to imagine anyone not being thrilled about this! If not, I suspect we'll see a lot of these on eBay. Nothing against the Lumia 900, but cell phones are usually very personal decisions for people.

Well it is when your paying the kind of money folks do for these phones. I can see it not being that big of a deal for those who are techies and switch phones alot. I find if I'm spending a shitload of dough on something, it has to become personal in some way. I plan riding it out for as long as i can. Especially if i use it everyday.

Its a food point about phones being personal because Nokia offered free lumia to all at&t employees and some opted not to take it. But it's time I make an investment in Nokia. I'm seeing signs of growth

Nice.  Good publicity for Nokia.  As with the Kings victory too since Club Nokia is getting coverage near Staples Center.

I attended the Nokia breakout session at TechEd 2012 in Orlando today and David Middleton was there to give a presentation on Seton Hall University's mobile strategy. Here are some of the more interesting and relevant points to this discussion...

  • Yes, AT&T is providing a FREE 6 month voice, text, and data plan with these phones.
  • SHU utilizes a rather robust microsoft backend infrastucture that makes extensive use of OneNote, Sharepoint, Exchange, and (soon) Office 365, which made WP a perfectly integrated device.
  • Instead of developing and supporting SHU apps for multiple OSs with varying degrees of user experiences and headaches like security, fragmentation and integration, providing incoming freshman with a consistent device platform meant that all new students would have the same unified experience and access to SHU portal information.
  • In addition to their ties with Microsoft, they've had a historical relationship with Nokia (it was unclear to me what that meant, I may have missed that part).
  • They will be working with Nokia to collect usage information from the entire user, faculty, and university services deployment to help Nokia design better apps and services in the future.
  • Surprisingly, less than half of their incoming freshman own a smartphone, and most of those that do are using hand-me-down devices from other members of their family.

BTW... For Nokia's part, they were pretty tight-lipped about any future WP products, deflecting most questions with a "we're not going to comment." They did, however, show an amazing PureView photo zoomed in to show some incredible detail and went on to confirm that they will be bringing this technology to the Lumia line of devices. Otherwise, the session was just a Nokia marketing pitch.

And plus development will spawn with the free dev accounts that are sure to be talked about with the students as well. :)

Smart. Especially since the phones contain Microsoft Office OneNote. They're pushing that as note taking program for students.