Landline phones becoming scarce in residence halls

Jan. 20, 2009
Ubiquitous cell phones prompt colleges to do away with landlines

Officials at college campuses in the Kansas City area said that, for the most part, landline phones in campus housing have gone the way of typewriters. It is another sign of more people cutting the cord to traditional phones and relying strictly on cell phones and the Internet. The University of Missouri-Kansas City disconnected the landlines in its residence halls in 2007, a savings of $75,000 a year. For the second year, Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., is not providing landline phones in all its residence hall rooms. The University of Missouri in Columbia and many other campuses have kept at least one landline phone in a hallway or main lobby for emergencies.

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