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Google To Offer Chrome OS Notebooks For $20/month 277

Posted by samzenpus
from the would-you-like-some-google-with-your-google? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Hot on the heels of the $25 ARM computer, Google is to offer a $20 per month package for students, which includes a Chrome OS laptop (like the Cr-48) and an online component, which will likely include a storage bump for a user's Google Docs, Gmail, Picasa Web, and Google Music files. This would serve two purposes for Google: first, Google will be able to expand its existing user base for Chrome OS. For half the price of a typical cell phone contract, students will be able to pick up a netbook with 3G connectivity. Second, Google will be able to test the package offering publicly prior to eventually adding an enterprise version for Google Apps users."
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Google To Offer Chrome OS Notebooks For $20/month

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  • not worth it (Score:4, Interesting)

    by alen (225700) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @01:17PM (#36096024)

    i have a beta cr-48 and haven't used it in months. even my wife rarely uses it anymore unlike her iphone.

    it's OK and pretty fast but completely useless unless you have a network connection. ipad runs rings around it in hardware quality and functionality.

  • K12 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by xzvf (924443) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @01:18PM (#36096028)
    I think this has the most value in K12. A lot will depend on support contracts and additional costs, but for a 1:1 program this is a reasonable structure. Many people will compare this to buying a laptop for under $400 that can be used anywhere versus a $240 dollar annual cost for a device that only works over the web. What most people will miss and what will be important for this to work, is reducing the management and maintenance costs of the devices. If you combine the $240 appliance with wireless access at school, administrative control of the device, replacement structures for broken and stolen devices, and the ability to integrate with an LMS, this could be a valuable reduction in costs.

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