OLPC $100 Laptop Gets Another Price Hike
September 17, 2007 8:02 PM
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OLPC XO laptop price rises again from $175 to $188 and some countries pay even more
When we first heard of the One Laptop per Child Foundation, they promised a $100 laptop for disadvantaged children. The
price has already gone up to $175 per laptop
, significantly up from the original $100 target. The nonprofit group is now upping the price on the $100 laptop again, this time bringing it up to $188.
An announcement that prices would vary by country was also made. T
he cost per laptop in Uruguay will be $205 due to a partnership with Brighstar Uruguay SA,
OLPC News says
the cost of the laptop includes more than merely the components used in the machines.
There are costs to be considered for training of staff and integrating the computers into the curriculum. Hardware maintenance has to be a strong consideration since many of these laptops will be deployed in developing nations.
Software maintenance also has to be considered as holes in security could lead to a
huge amount of compromised systems
. The final consideration is the cost of internet access for the machines. When all of these factors are considered, the invoice for each laptop over five years comes to $972.
George Snell, One Laptop per Child Foundation spokesman,
, “We are testing it [the XO laptop]. We are making sure all the software works."
"We are making all the corrections on it that need to be made before the product comes out," Snell said. He went on to say, “We are not disclosing any orders until we have a final computer, we are in talks with dozens of countries."
Production of the
is set to begin in October and retail versions could make it to store shelves at higher prices.
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2 * $188 for American buyers
9/17/2007 10:05:47 PM
didn't seem like a bad deal at first paying and extra $100 for a child underseas, but now $188 may be a little to rich for the richest of the rich to depart with. I'd rather cut a check to UNCF for $50. More probably could be done with cash rather than buying a piece of electronic silicon. Stupid IT progress is ruining the world economy. Can't see the destruction its causing until its too late.
RE: 2 * $188 for American buyers
9/18/2007 3:00:15 PM
Take a minute to compose your thoughts. I cannot follow or understand what you wish to express.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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