This would have been inconceivable just a few years ago.

Freshman Max Bender uses the phone plugged into the wall of his American University dorm room so rarely that he forgot it was there. “Hey,” he said the other day when he walked in and saw it on top of the microwave. “We do have a land line.”

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Across the country, wired phones are becoming obsolete. Although not many colleges have eliminated them, “almost every major school is evaluating it,” said Jeri Semer, executive director of the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.