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Japanese school to give students free iPhones

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
News Categories: iPhone

Aoyama Gakuin University, located in Tokyo, Japan, is providing all staff and students with free iPhone 3G units as part of an attendance tracking system. According to the Mainichi Daily News, the school will leverage the iPhone 3G’s GPS to determine if students are at school or not, with the system scheduled to go live in the fall. In addition, the school plans to expand the use of the iPhone to include simple testing, questionnaires, homework submission, and educational video review. Aoyama Gakuin plans to pay all basic charges for the phones itself, and recently entered into a partnership with Japanese iPhone carrier SoftBank on “Mobile & Net Society Education and Training.” [via MDN]

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