Japanese College Dupes Students with Free iPhones

May 22, 2009

You'd think that a college that gives its students one of the most sought-after gadgets on the market today would be a pretty awesome school to attend...until you realize why they did it.

Nearly 500 students and faculty at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan will receive free iPhones as part of the school's new Mobile & Net Society Education and Training program. The trial, which is set to begin this fall, will use the iPhone's built-in GPS function to determine if the students are present and use that information to replace traditional methods of taking attendance.

The university's announced a deal with provider Softbank Mobile to provide the phones and basic services to all students and staff at the school for no charge. The school also plans on rolling out simple tests and homework assignments using the device. So... is there an app for that, or what?

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