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Google to Offer Chrome OS 3G Laptops to Students for $20 per Month

submitted on May 11, 2011 by pablos17 in "Member's Lounge"
The cost of going to school may be more expensive these days, but at least technology prices are more reasonable than ever, especially with Google to help out. I may have to take some classes again to take advantage of this deal.

Google tomorrow will announce sales of the new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month “student package” that combines both hardware and online services, according to a senior Google executive.

The product is almost certainly a precursor to an enterprise offering. Google Apps, an online product with features similar to Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets, calendars, and other productivity software) is sold to business for $50 a year. An inexpensive Chrome laptop could be added to that for a small premium, somewhat the way mobile phones are sold below cost when tied to calling plans.

Having students try out the product — at a price cheaper than buying a laptop for school — amounts to a shakedown cruise for the eventual product. If successful, it also seeds the market for future demand, as students move into the workforce with expectations of working in cloud-based systems.

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    Posted by CouponNut on May 11, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Hopefully this will be available to all students and not restricted to a certain criteria.

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