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I've just read that if you go with the $20 rental agreement, you will also receive a new Chromebook after three years. It also includes a warranty that would replace it in case of damage. I am still trying to figure out if that is a good deal or not, considering some warranties can be pretty costly.
 

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Well that would be like paying $720 dollars for the Google Chromebook over those years. Of course if the warranty covers most things then this would be a good deal. If it doesn't cover everything then it is a little pricey.
 

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Well that would be like paying $720 dollars for the Google Chromebook over those years. Of course if the warranty covers most things then this would be a good deal. If it doesn't cover everything then it is a little pricey.
I see what you mean about the total cost, but remember that you will be getting a NEW Chromebook at the end, not the one you used for three years. (Or am I reading it wrong?)
 

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I see what you mean about the total cost, but remember that you will be getting a NEW Chromebook at the end, not the one you used for three years. (Or am I reading it wrong?)
Here are some things that were said at IO2011:
  • Yes, the 3 year agreement will renew after 36 months with new hardward
  • the $20 per month plan is for educational institutions
  • an educational institution must lease 10 or more machines
  • a list of benefits is included with the subscription price
 

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So, if the agreement renews, then you just keep paying $20 when you get the new one. If I don't think of $720 and just think $20 a month, it is doable, I guess....
 

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I imagine the lease agreement is with the institution. If you graduate, transfer or burn out they might want their hardware back. The good thing is that you haven't lost any data, it's still available to you via a chrome browser. It also makes the upgrade really simple; hand in the old machine and walk out with the new one!!
 

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Yeah, it all comes down to the cost versus benefit. At the end of the day, you will spend more. I also want to understand the bit about when one gets the Chromebook.
 

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Oh, well if it is for educational institution then that is a really good plan. If anyplace needs the ability to upgrade to better machines it would be them. I mean, regular people like us can just buy one outright, right?
 

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Thanks

Here are some things that were said at IO2011:
  • Yes, the 3 year agreement will renew after 36 months with new hardward
  • the $20 per month plan is for educational institutions
  • an educational institution must lease 10 or more machines
  • a list of benefits is included with the subscription price
Thanks for the clarification about this 6sigma. I think it is a good deal for educators. However, in some schools it would not be. For example, schools in inner cities depend on computer donations, they could never afford that.
 

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Subscriptions are not for individual consumers. They are intended for businesses and educators who are buying to replace their current line supply of computers. Note what 6sigma just said...

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an educational institution must lease 10 or more machines
 

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Valid point, wonder how an education institute deals with a two year program, students buy the machine out or does it get turned back in and re-issued to new students?
 
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