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Google Now Offers Chromebooks without Subscriptions

It was really a wide decision from Google when it launched its cloud-based Chromebooks and offered them to businesses and educational institutes on 3-year monthly payment subscription without upfront cost. However, Google realized the fact lately that the 3-year monthly plan system didn’t fit in well with some organization’s and institution’s yearly budget cycle. Hence, Google has announced today that all its businesses and educational institutions can now purchase Chromebooks at upfront price with no subscription required.

 

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The businesses and educational customers are now given a choice to pay complete upfront for the cloud-based Chromebooks along with one year of access to a web-based admin management console, phone support and hardware warranty. The customers will be provided with a choice to pay a monthly fee for second and third year for admin management console and phone support, after completion of first year.


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The new pricing plan set by Google for its Chromebook is:

  • For Education, the first year upfront is $449 (Wi-Fi), $519 (3G), while for year 2 and 3, $5/month per Chromebook for admin management console and phone support.
  • For Business, the first year upfront is $559 (Wi-Fi), $639 (3G), while for year 2 and 3, $13/month per Chromebook for management & support.

The sudden change in pricing plan for the business and education is quite interesting because Google has not yet provided any details about market situation for its four month’s old Chromebook. Although, it is around for nearly four months, the Google’s official blog post doesn’t tell anything about the sales of the product.

Google is popular among the tech folks for its ‘launch in beta’ policy and the current scenario hints that the company may apply this policy to its enterprise business model as well.

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