Google introduces new subscription model for Chromebooks
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The original Chromebooks from Google launched earlier this year but came with a unique pricing selection: Educators and businesses can essentially “rent” Chromebooks for a fixed price per month with multi-year contracts.
Based on feedback from customers, however, the Internet search giant announced Friday a new plan to its subscription-based offerings. According to the official Google blog, educators and businesses now have a “1-Year Upfront” option plan where buyers can simply purchase the notebook upfront with no monthly payments for the first 12 months. After the first year, the buyer can then choose to commit to a 2- or 3-year monthly payment plan. This new option was made to be more in sync with the yearly budget schedules of schools and businesses.
Additionally, Google has added new management systems for users to help monitor and customize their Chromebooks.
Samsung and Acer currently have Chromebooks with Intel Atom “Pineview” CPUs. The lineup is expected to be updated with Intel Core CPUs. 3G as well as WiFi-only options are available. The new plan is as follows, as taken from the source:
· 1-Year Upfront: $449 (Wi-Fi), $519 (3G)
· Years 2-3: $5/month per Chromebook for management & support
· 1-Year Upfront: $559 (Wi-Fi), $639 (3G)
· Years 2-3: $13/month per Chromebook for management & support