It’s alright for some – kids starting this year at the Abilene Christian University are getting a free gift. It would seem that whilst God may not answer prayers for world peace, if you choose to attend Abilene, He might give you a free iPhone.
Apparently all 950 new students are getting either an iPhone 3G or an iPod touch – no doubt much to the chagrin of the students who started last year. Remarkably, the university seem to be justifying the $375,000 it costs to buy all of these gadgets by claiming that they can be used for “everything from class schedules and maps to real-time surveys”.
Meanwhile across the city, the local polytechnic has retaliated by coming up with its own offer: new students there will be given an experimental new technology known as “pen and paper” – which uses a flexible wood-derived material (more flexible even than the latest OLEDs) to replace a screen, and a stylus-like device for input – and some are even arguing that it is in fact quicker to use than the iPhone, and has a much longer battery life.
(via Chic and Untroubled)