Colleges giving out GPS cell phones to students

With cell phones becoming more and more ubiquitous on college campuses, the phone jacks in dorm rooms are becoming just another patch of wall covered by empty Keystone Light cans and Bob Marley posters. Since college administrations care about their students' safety and money, some schools are giving incoming freshmen free cell phones in order to make sure they always have access to campus safety services. And of course, for their safety, the phones are run through university phone services that are cropping up to replace the landlines students were forced to use before. Some schools, such as Montclair State University, not only make the phones mandatory but include GPS tracking on them, giving the school the ability to pinpoint their students' locations anytime. While this sounds pretty big brotherish at first glance, it's doubtful that the administration at Montclair is going to send cops after their students if they notice they're off campus at a party. Rather, the service would be there in order to locate students who dialed an emergency number. It's unclear how students will react to mandatory phones, with most incoming freshmen probably much more tech-savvy that their school administrators, but if it's done under the guise of safety we're sure parents will be all for it. Any of our scholarly readers out there had any experience with school-provided cell phones? Comment below…