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. The cost per laptop in Uruguay will be $205 due to a partnership with Brighstar Uruguay SA, according to Engadget. 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, told Reuters, “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 XO laptops is set to begin in October and retail versions could make it to store shelves at higher prices.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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