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Did the roommate come to school with a shiny new iPhone? Are you coming down with a case of phone-envy?

Get an iPod Touch.  Apple just slashed costs so you can get one relatively inexpensively. The great thing about having an iPod Touch is that it negates the need for a SmartPhone.  Most of us are mostly on campus, which means we have wi-fi access.  Constant wi-fi + iTouch = free smart phone.  Instead of shelling out $80/month for one, get onto your family’s plan with a “Dumb” phone and use your free Smartphone.  You’ll save an obscene amount of money.

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  1. If we live off campus and do not have wifi, will we have to pay monthly charges for internet? Or does the iPhone touch simply come with internet access and no monthly charges?

    • i believe the touch simply by default searches for open wifi networks and that you can tell it to sign into the cmc wifi with your username and password.

  2. If we live off campus and do not have wifi, will we have to pay monthly charges for internet? Or does the iPhone touch simply come with internet access and no monthly charges?

    • i believe the touch simply by default searches for open wifi networks and that you can tell it to sign into the cmc wifi with your username and password.

  3. I just want to say that one of my friends bought me one of these and it has been amazing. Although, I have to say that the prospect of constantly checking email is perhaps not a good one.

  4. I just want to say that one of my friends bought me one of these and it has been amazing. Although, I have to say that the prospect of constantly checking email is perhaps not a good one.

  5. The iPod Touch is also perfect for travel — particularly backpacking. Lots of hostels have free wifi, but charge for using computers. Ipod Touch lets you take advantage of this and keep lots of travel notes at your fingertips. There are also lots of free travel podcasts out there, which allows you to get tours of cities at your own pace without having to pay a guide. You can even download new podcasts or music directly to the touch, so if your travel plans change or you just need new listening material, you have it all with you. Essentially, the touch gives you everything you need a PC for without taking up all the space.

  6. The iPod Touch is also perfect for travel — particularly backpacking. Lots of hostels have free wifi, but charge for using computers. Ipod Touch lets you take advantage of this and keep lots of travel notes at your fingertips. There are also lots of free travel podcasts out there, which allows you to get tours of cities at your own pace without having to pay a guide. You can even download new podcasts or music directly to the touch, so if your travel plans change or you just need new listening material, you have it all with you. Essentially, the touch gives you everything you need a PC for without taking up all the space.

  7. This is an extremely pathetic post. I know that all of you knew that the I-pod touch had Wi-Fi and trying to make an article out of nothing violates Journalism101.

    And to think that I and the Blog Editor of the Port Side….

  8. This is an extremely pathetic post. I know that all of you knew that the I-pod touch had Wi-Fi and trying to make an article out of nothing violates Journalism101.

    And to think that I and the Blog Editor of the Port Side….

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