Norwich University enters a partnership with Unicel

Unicel agents, VP Susmann, Pres. SchneiderBy Mark Albury, April 2005

On Monday, April 11, Norwich University officially entered into a partnership with the Unicel cell phone company. As an authorized Unicel agent, Norwich will have the ability to offer cell phones and service plans to faculty, staff and students of the Norwich community.

Unicel is owned by the Rural Cellular Corp, which operates in 14 states. Unicel's northeast coverage encompasses Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and northern New York

"Unicel has years of experience working with higher education," said Phil Susmann, Vice President of Technology and Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University. "They are very flexible and will assist us in designing plans for cell phone service that best suit the needs of the University."

In January, Unicel invested $45 million in a new technology called Global System Mobility (GSP), which enables them to offer a new generation of services to its customers. These services include camera phones that can send and receive photos over a wireless network, and Internet and text messenger access.

Unicel recently installed a transmitting tower on Jackman Hall, and in the near future the company will set up a station at the Help Desk in Juckett Hall to assist students, faculty, and staff members with their cell phone needs.

"We are very excited about this new partnership with Norwich University," said Stan Spindler, Operations Manager for Unicel. "In addition to offering excellent coverage in the northeast, we are affiliated with Cingular, the largest single provider of cell phone service in the US, so when customers are out of our geographical footprint, they know they will still have excellent cell phone service."