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UK Data:



3GB to be used for the first 3 months - Free.
500MB Day Pass - £2.99
Additional 1GB Data - £10
Additional 3GB Data - £15
Additional 7GB Data - £25

http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/chr...s-connectivity
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At first I thought it was asinine to essentially "lease" a netbook, but then I realized that google is going about it pretty intelligently, when this caught my eye:

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Chrome OS laptops will be distributed on the basis of a recurring monthly subscription, which will cost $28 per user for businesses and $20 per user for schools. That includes regular software and hardware upgrades. Hardware as a service, folks!
Does that mean that you'll typically get an updated netbook when new ones are released without having to pay an additional service fee? That almost makes sense from a financial standpoint--If you buy a laptop (or netbook) for, say, $400, it's bound to be at least 3 tech generations behind within 2 years, at which point you'll spend another $400 on a new one--seems like google was pretty intelligent at deciding on the pricing such that the cost is about the same as what one would normally pay for continuously upgrading their computer(s).

Only difference is you'll never have any "resale" value, nor any physical value.

I would also have expected to see better bandwidth allowances since one of the profiled improvements is support for netflix and hulu. On the other hand, you don't NEED to have a mobile broadband package just to be able to use one of these netbooks.

Honestly, for students requiring everyday capabilities, $20/mo is not a bad deal if you consider that you get perpetual software AND HARDWARE upgrades. Wondering what the typical hardware upgrade cycle will be though.
    
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Sooo, I can get one for free without a data plan?
    
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Sooo, I can get one for free without a data plan?
Did you even read the source? Forget the article, how about just the title?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Title
Google adding Netflix, Hulu support, offline Gmail, Calendar and Docs to Chrome OS this summer, prices hardware at $20 per month
No, $20/mo for the hardware. The data plan (over the included 100MB/mo) is additional to the monthly service fee.
    
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if you were planning to get a netbook with a dataplan, the carrier would have already subsidized the netbook to something close to free.

Its the hardware upgrades that are of interest
    
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if you were planning to get a netbook with a dataplan, the carrier would have already subsidized the netbook to something close to free.

Its the hardware upgrades that are of interest
Except you'd own the device as well. (not that old hardware is typically worth a ton).

The nice thing, though, is that Google is implying that there is no service contract, so if you want a netbook to use for, say, 3 months of summer vacation when you'll be away from home, you can. 1 month? No worries. 2 years? Also, no problem.

To be honest, if I were going to travel for a month or so and didn't have a lightweight notebook, I'd pick up one of these things plus a data package for a month just for the convenience.
    
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Since your are renting the hardware can you do modify it in any way? I'm not sure how one would mod a notebook like this, but I am not sure how much I personally like the Rent-a-Center approach to hardware. Guess I'm just old fashioned.
 
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Since your are renting the hardware can you do modify it in any way? I'm not sure how one would mod a notebook like this, but I am not sure how much I personally like the Rent-a-Center approach to hardware. Guess I'm just old fashioned.
Why would you want to?
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Since your are renting the hardware can you do modify it in any way?
When you lease a car, can you do anything to it? When you rent a bobcat, can you modify it?

I'd assume no.
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100mb a month is nothing...
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