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U-Va. dorms get rid of landline phones

Jenna Johnson

When University of Virginia students move back onto campus later this month, something will be missing from the dorms -- 3,850 landline telephones.

Not like students are really going to notice.

U-Va. officials said they realized they were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on landline phones that cell-phone-equipped students hardly ever touched. They hope the change will save about half-a-million bucks a year. Emergency telephones will still be available in dorm hallways and residential staff areas.

"Students may still request a landline telephone, but I don't anticipate that a lot will," Mark Doherty, the chief housing officer, told UVA Today, the university's news service. "We want to make sure our expenses reflect things that are of value to the students."

Most of the telephones were beige push-button devices that have been around for nearly a decade. A few were old-school rotary phones. All of the phones will be sold in an online auction.

"We had about 10 to 12 pallets of them," said Bobby Carefoot, surplus property manager, told UVA Today. "I'm not sure what they are going to do with them, but most of them were in fairly good condition."

To read the full university news release, click here.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  August 10, 2010; 12:09 PM ET
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Ahhh, at last, a glimmer of the 21st Century that I dreamed of as a kid ! C'mon, as long as The Punks have a cell in their pockets and Skype on their laptop, it's all good. Now, if UVa yanks out all that copper wire and replaces it with fiber optic, can a 100Mbps World, spandex jackets, and flying cars be far behind ?

Posted by: vesnet | August 10, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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