Official 37 Task 2

Room Phones Are Unnecessary

As part of the cost of student housing, students pay to have phones in their dormitory rooms. I think this is unnecessary, and the university should remove the phones from students’ rooms. Room phones are not needed since students all have mobile phones we can use to make calls instead. Removing the room phones would also have a cost benefit for students, since we would save money if we didn’t have to pay the cost of phone service for the rooms.

Brad Smith
Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Woman: Hey, Jimmy, did you read this?
Man: I did, yeah, what do you think about it?
Woman: I don't know. I don't think it'd be a very good idea.
Man: Oh, yeah? But it's true that a lot of us have our own phones.
Woman: Yeah, but it's good to have both.
The service we get with our own phones isn't always reliable.
Maybe it's 'cause there are a lot of hills around here,
but, my service doesn't work that well in this area.
A lot of times calls get cut off or the reception isn't good.
I can't hear the person on the other line.
Man: Yeah, I've had some friends say that too actually.
Woman: So it's good to have a backup option, something we can use if our own phones aren't working.
Man: I see what you mean.
But when you think of the money...
Woman: Well, I don't buy his argument there either.
Because I don't know if you've noticed this on the housing bill we get from the university,
but right now we only pay per call.
Man: Oh, really?
Woman: Yeah, so if you don't make many calls, you don't pay much.
I mean if you use it a lot,
of course, you'll pay more,
but students can avoid that if they just avoid using it as much as possible.
Man: Oh, I see. OK.
Woman: So I think they should just keep it the way it is now.
The woman expresses her opinion about the proposal described in the letter. Briefly summarize the proposal. Then state her opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.