Softbank Mobile Gives Away iPhone 3G To Univ. Students

Softbank Mobile's Logo Aoyama Gakuin University's Logo

Softbank Mobile, Japan’s only cellphone operator dealing with iPhone 3G,  and Aoyama Gakuin University announced on Friday that they would distribute the handset to all students studying at the university’s school of social informatics[J].    The students are allowed to use it for attendance reporting, lecture podcasting and having online examination.

When a student submits his/her class attending to the university’s office with the iPhone 3G, it attaches GPS-based location data and prevents answering the roll call for another to get a credit.

During their universityhood of four years, the students jointly make plans to develop a new iPhone app contributing to the local community in their first year and second year.   Then they attempt to develop an app and put it at the AppStore in the third year and thereafter.

iPhone App for Aoyama Gakuin Univ.
The pictures shown above are quoted from Internet.com[J], Impress Mobile Watch[J] and ITPro from Nikkei BP[J].


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Masaru IKEDA has co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms in Tokyo. He has been contributing serial columns to nationwide newspapers and IT periodicals, also he's currently serving as tech consultant for several web companies. His biography is here. His private blog is here.