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Ohio University goes mobile, offers discounts on laptops

ATHENS, Ohio (March 16, 2006) -- Ohio University is announcing a new plan to help students learn anytime, anywhere. Go Mobile is a discount laptop purchasing program that will help students take advantage of 100 percent wireless Internet coverage on all six Ohio University campuses.

Go Mobile will offer all students on all campuses the opportunity to buy high quality laptop computers at substantial discounts beginning in May. This program is voluntary and is designed to complement the university's existing residence hall desktop computer program. During the transitional period, the university will continue to provide desktop computers in residence hall rooms for students who choose not to purchase a laptop.

"With all six campuses set to achieve 100 percent wireless data network coverage during the summer of 2006, the university is well positioned to meet the mobile computing needs and expectations of current and future students," Provost Kathy Krendl said. "To further enhance the learning environment, faculty and students will provide input into how to best incorporate laptop computers into the curriculum and improve learning outcomes."

Student and parent surveys indicate that the program will be very popular. With more than 2,000 respondents, 48 percent indicate that they "definitely" will participate with another 41 percent saying "maybe." The university has assembled student focus groups to begin providing insights and help select preferred configurations and vendors.

In addition to reduced prices, Go Mobile laptops will include:

  • Three-year extended warranty
  • Three years of accidental damage insurance
  • Preloaded software including Microsoft Office, anti-virus protection and various utility packages
  • Free on-campus warranty service and technical support
  • Wireless Internet capabilities

The university will continue to offer support for any computers students choose to bring to campus.

This program is in line with a Vision OHIO objective of realigning the budget to support information technology infrastructure.

Visit http://technology.ohio.edu/go-mobile to learn more about this initiative.

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Media Contact: Information Technology Communications Manager Sean O'Malley, (740) 593-1555 or omalley@ohio.edu, or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark , (740) 597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu

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