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PirateConnect is a new mobile phone program with Rave Wireless and Sprint, which allows the students to have emergency broadcast alerts, targeted text messages, e-mail, communities, and academics offered on their Mobile Information Device (not just a cell phone anymore), anytime and anywhere.
Park University's mobile phone program will begin rolling out to
students during the Fall 2007 semester (click here to sign up for the program). The program will develop over
time with key components including:
- Academic Enhancements: Faculty members will work with Park University and Rave Wireless to integrate mobile learning applications into their curricula, ranging from the use of cell phones for real-time, in-class assessments, to providing course information and class updates on the phones of distance learners. Park University is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of distance learning in the U.S. Park and Rave will also develop integration that will mobilize Park's existing eCollege eCompanion, allowing students to receive up-to-the-minute information about assignments, exams, class schedules and more.
- Enhanced Safety features tailored to different student locations will also be deployed. At the Parkville Campus, Rave Guardian, an application that allows students to transform their mobile phones into personal safety devices and be monitored by campus police on an opt-in basis will be available. This award-winning application leverages the differentiated and industry-leading custom network solutions and GPS enabled handsets from Sprint. Other students in regional locations will receive broadcast text alerts specific to their Campus Center for increased safety and improved communications with the school.
- Conveniences: Park's usage of Rave Wireless's applications will also make it easier for students to manage the daily logistics of university life by giving them mobile phone access to school email, the school directory and more. Park will also work with Rave to make its existing Jenzabar CX Student Information System available on students' mobile phones, providing quicker access to a variety of university services.
- Building a Mobile Community: Park University has a large population of international students who historically have been unable to quickly obtain a mobile phone and calling plan upon entering the United States. Through Park's mobile phone program, these international students will be able to obtain a Sprint mobile phone pre-loaded with Rave applications, and connect instantly with the Park community.
Rave Wireless (www.ravewireless.com) is the leading provider of mobile applications and managed mobile phone services that improve communication, build community, and enhance academics and safety, while allowing colleges and universities to transition away from costly and obsolete landlines. Rave Wireless creates a truly tailored mobile phone experience for students by providing award-winning applications that are layered upon discounted handsets and plans available through Rave Wireless's partnerships with top mobile carriers such as Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and AT&T (NYSE:T). Customers include colleges and universities nationwide, including California State University Monterey Bay, Eastern Michigan University, Montclair State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of South Florida. Rave Wireless is headquartered in New York, NY. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Sigma Partners, and RRE Ventures.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.