WAP deal leaves students quids in
The phones, which retail at pound;80, were bought for pound;9 each in a deal between BT Cellnet and Derby Wilmorton College. Wireless Application Protocol phones allow users to access the internet and send and receive e-mail as well as make ordinary calls.
The college's 1,100 students will now be able to link up to lecturers on e mail and access the college website. Good attendance could earn them free vouchers for the pay-as-you-go phones.
Recently the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service said it hoped to give free WAP phones to sixth-formers to help them track the progress of the university applications.