Ringing Off the Hook

One in four Americans now has a cellular telephone--and college students both at Harvard and other schools are helping push that number even higher.

According to data released Wednesday by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association in Washington D.C., the number of people using wireless phones by June 30 swelled to 76.2 million--a figure which represents about 28 percent of the U.S. population.

Meanwhile, Harvard students are going wireless at a breakneck pace this year--making the "cell" the newest and most fashionable accessory on campus.


Signs of the trend are both audible and visible on any walk through the Yard.

The phones are also making less glamorous appearances in many of Harvard's most public venues, ringing during lectures and concerts and piercing the silence of libraries and exam rooms.

With this technological incursion, old rules have gone the way of rotary phones, forcing increasing numbers of cell users to learn the etiquette of a phone call on the shuttle--and one in class.

Is That Miss Manners Calling?

When that etiquette arrives, it won't be a moment too soon.

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