Beginning with the fall semester of 2008, telephone service will no longer be automatically provided in the residence halls and Corps dormitories. So that adequate phone service will be available for personal or emergency use, students will have access to a “public hallway phone” on every floor of every building. In the Corps dormitories, the “public hallway phone” is located in the stairwell.
Over the last few years, the Department of Residence Life has found that most students use cellular phone service as their sole/primary voice communication with family and friends. Surveys completed in the fall of 2006 show over 97% of students have cell phones. It seems the need for land line service has declined to such a point that it is no longer necessary, or fiscally responsible, for the Department of Residence Life to spend approximately $800,000 per year on services students use infrequently. Eliminating local land line phone service in student rooms is a sound fiscal decision that will allow the University to reduce operating costs, thereby minimizing rate increases passed along to residents.
APPLYING FOR TELEPHONE SERVICE
Residents who prefer to have local land line telephone service may request installation of the service by submitting an on-line Local Telephone Service Application through the Department of Residence Life. The on-line application is at http://reslife.tamu.edu/housing/amenities/phone/.
The cost for local land line telephone service beginning with the fall semester of 2008 has been set at a non-refundable price of $90.00 for an academic year (fall 2008 and spring 2009) housing contract and $45.00 for the spring semester or summer housing contract.
Also see the Telephone FAQ's