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Google To Offer Chrome OS Notebooks For $20/month

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the would-you-like-some-google-with-your-google? dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Hot on the heels of the $25 ARM computer, Google is to offer a $20 per month package for students, which includes a Chrome OS laptop (like the Cr-48) and an online component, which will likely include a storage bump for a user's Google Docs, Gmail, Picasa Web, and Google Music files. This would serve two purposes for Google: first, Google will be able to expand its existing user base for Chrome OS. For half the price of a typical cell phone contract, students will be able to pick up a netbook with 3G connectivity. Second, Google will be able to test the package offering publicly prior to eventually adding an enterprise version for Google Apps users."

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more importantly (2)

xkalikox (2080288) | more than 3 years ago | (#36095888)

they will begin offering Angry Birds on Chrome! http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/11/angry-birds-gets-a-web-version-in-google-chrome/ [engadget.com]

Re:more importantly (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096056)

Yes but nigger single mothers with 8 to 10 niglet kids living in the nigger ghetto might not know how to use a notebook. Therefore, notebooks are racist.

At least that's how it worked for IQ testing. Niggers didn't do so good compared to everybody else so naturally the IQ test is racist. Nevermind that Asians who were much less familiar with Western culture than niggers who had been here for 200+ years scored highly on the same IQ tests. If logic doesn't say what the culti-multi wants it to say, then logic is racist too.

Re:more importantly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096154)

haha waht

Re:more importantly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096230)

And yet you inbred rednecks do even worse on the IQ tests despite proclaiming yourself the "master race".

Re:more importantly (2)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096332)

this man is not a representative of all rednecks

Re:more importantly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096778)

When a white person does poorly on an IQ test, it's because s/he has a low IQ. Do you see the difference?

Re:more importantly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36097066)

You're confusing rednecks with Nazi's.

Btw, do you know how you circumcise a redneck?

You kick his sister in the jaw.

Re:more importantly (1)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096976)

Asian culture is far more like European than African.

Next.

what next... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36095902)

what's next....free...

Re:what next... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096000)

Sure, if you believe you're losing nothing of value by granting Google access to all of your data, as well as a transferable, non-revokable, worldwide license-in-perpetuity to exploit all of your data as they see fit, it'll be totally free.

But honestly, with this plan, you're already granting Google a frightening level of control and access into every facet of your data... and paying them $20 a month for the privilege. I suspect Google will keep charging people a nominal fee, simply because they can.

Wait, no, I meant to say, "Yay Google, everything Google does is for the benefit of mankind because they mouth trite platitudes about not being evil. If they say it, they MUST mean it!"

Re:what next... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096304)

Can't we have a discussion about Google without these same points constantly being raised? Frankly, I can't believe targeted advertising is so offensive to you.

Re:what next... (1, Flamebait)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36097018)

Can't we have a discussion about [dictator] without [deaths] being raised?

We can, but expect any positive points about [dictator] to be put in the context of [deaths].

Re:what next... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096722)

Please kill yourself now.

Re:what next... (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096842)

Can they really sell a novel I write in Google Docs as their own?

Re:what next... (1)

Ruke (857276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096926)

I'm happy to subsidize the services that Google offers me by granting them anonymized access to my data. I use Google Voice. I know that they're mining my voicemails to improve their speech-recognition algorithms; I'm fine with that. They're offering me a service for free that Verizon wants to charge me about $10/mo for - free unlimited texting, alongside a visual voicemail inbox. I understand the tradeoff, and I think it's a pretty fair deal.

Re:what next... (1)

luther349 (645380) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096158)

we did the free pc thing in the adversing boom pre dot crash. you could get a pc for free the trade off they where allowd to display ads on your pc. when the ad boom died people that got the free pc where allowd to keep them and they offerd a uninstaller for the ads. if google saw enough profit from allowing them to sell all your info to advertisers above the cost of the hardware dont think they wouldent offer a free cr-48 to anyone who whanted it and would agree to those terms.

And for Canada? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36095920)

Lemme take a wild guess: Google is still working towards a strategy for the Canadian market, and will release there "soon", alongside Google Voice, Google TV, and flying cars.

Re:And for Canada? (1)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36095938)

And so google misses the mark. All that strategizing, and they miss the fact that canada needs flying moose.

Re:And for Canada? (4, Funny)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096634)

No. Canada does not need flying moose.
But Moose needs Flying Squirrel!

Re:And for Canada? (2, Funny)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096042)

You Canadians build your homes out of snow and drape yourselves in nothing but beaver pelts to stay warm. With no electricity, what in god's name do you need computer network services for, eh?

Re:And for Canada? (3, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096292)

What's Canada?

Is that near China?

Does it have money?

Re:And for Canada? (4, Informative)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096808)

What's Canada?

The second largest nation on earth.

Is that near China?

Canada is above the US in every possible way.

Does it have money?

Yes, and it is worth more that US currency.

I know you were trying to be funny... Try harder next time.

Re:And for Canada? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096846)

Awww... did its poor wittle feewings get hurt? Little faggot. Eat shit.

Re:And for Canada? (2, Funny)

Old97 (1341297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096896)

And you were trying to be what? Pedantic?

Re:And for Canada? (1, Informative)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36097116)

>The second largest nation on earth.

How much of it habitable? By bikini models?

>Canada is above the US in every possible way.

I'll inform Alaska of your Northocentrist worldview.

>I know you were trying to be funny... Try harder next time.

If Woody Allen can say he's not an artist, then I'm comfortable saying I'm not a comedian.

Re:And for Canada? (2)

mr1911 (1942298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096432)

It isn't Google's fault you live in Canada.

Same Price as a normal laptop (2)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096006)

A basic thinkpad costs around $800
Thinkpads last 7+ years, assuming a useful life of 5 years, cost per year = $160 $20/month

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096020)

That was supposed to be "Less Than" $20/month

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (2)

elo_sf (838722) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096094)

It has not been my experience that the useful lifetime of a laptop is 5 years, 2-3 for a laptop that is regularly moved day-in-day out seems to be more realistic. Not saying that the machine drops dead after 36 months, just that the life cycle is usually shorter than 5, certainly for college 4 would be a better comparison, you get a computer right before you start school and keep it to the end.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096138)

Thinkpad R60's were given out to my seniors and some faculty by the college. Right now they are 5+ years old.
Apart from accidental damage, and a few hardware failures covered by warranty most of them are in perfect condition.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096264)

but are they useful? can you load modern software? Can you meet todays needs?

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096328)

They do run windows 7, Office 2007 and other basic software without struggling much
Also, you get a 4:3 screen

A RAM upgrade from 1GB to 2GB is all thats needed

Gaming and 1080p are outside their capability I think

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096362)

What "modern" software are expecting them to be unable to run?

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

spazdor (902907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096534)

can you load modern software? Can you meet todays needs?
If the answer to any of this is 'no', I'll give even odds that a resource-sucking OS such as Windows is at least partly to blame. Not exactly a problem for Google.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096902)

My R60...died with a "FAN ERROR" on boot within 18 months.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (2)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096164)

Not to mention the Google netbook seems to include a 3G data plan which would cost more than $20/month all by itself on your ThinkPad.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096396)

And the other shoe drops... >:-D

You're talking more akin to $70-80/mo for it to be even remotely useful- and I can show you places that you could use a Laptop just fine and the Chrome "Laptop" would make for a poor doorstop. (Heh... Somewhere in the middle of the Front Range in Colorado, for example... They'd be usable in most of Estes Park, but in the large, worthless elsewhere along US-36, US-34, CO-7, etc...)

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096226)

Depends on the laptop and what it's being used for. My father is using one of my old laptops, and is quite happy with it. It's being used for surfing, word processing, e-mailing, web development, and has a linux virtual machine with apache/mysql/php to test the webpages he develops. Said laptop has an Athlon 64 3500+ in it and 1GB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive, which should give you an idea of how old it is.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096290)

It has not been my experience that the useful lifetime of a laptop is 5 years, 2-3 for a laptop that is regularly moved day-in-day out seems to be more realistic. Not saying that the machine drops dead after 36 months, just that the life cycle is usually shorter than 5, certainly for college 4 would be a better comparison, you get a computer right before you start school and keep it to the end.

The Cr-48, however, can't match the performance (or come close to the available software library) of the 5-7 year old Thinkpads described in your parent post, however, so I think the comparison is valid. The main thing it brings to the table is 3g "connectivity," which is nice if it means a 3g data plan included in the $20 a month price and not very impressive if it simply means it has a 3g modem but no plan.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

luther349 (645380) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096486)

the most commion faler on labtops is the inverter and hardrive. both parts are easly replaced and the laptop will keep on trucking my dell c-610 was made in 2001 and its still running yes i had to replace the hardrive a cuples time along with the batterys oh and the hinge but that was a known defect but it still works today. yes you probly whont go 5 years matence free heck mot even a desktop can do that but take care of them and they will last a long time.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096334)

Still worthless. If you don't have Internet access, you don't have a Chrome notebook that's usable. That's the problem with ANY "Cloud" premise to begin with- it's only as useful as your access to the 'Net. With a Laptop, I can still do LOADS of things. Yes, there's a risk of losing something if the device is trashed, but what Google's selling isn't any better an answer- and this doesn't get into the security aspects of what they're selling here- or the privacy ones either.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

Eponymous Coward (6097) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096430)

Google's laptop comes with 3g service.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

Local ID10T (790134) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096550)

How many college campuses do you know of in the USA without 3G coverage?

This offer is limited to students...

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36097150)

who has the money to waste on 3G. on campus wifi is free.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

b0bby (201198) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096192)

But you don't get 3G data included with your Thinkpad. That's gotta be worth at least $5-10/month.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (2)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096448)

Uh, it said you had a 3G modem in the device- not that this included the plan. There's LOTS of netbooks that've got 3G or WiMax included in the device- but the service doesn't come with the device. Try somewhere along $20-ish per month for the Chrome "laptop" and another $20-50 (or MORE if you're a heavy user...) for the 3G access deal. So, the device is in keeping with a netbook offered by the Telcos coupled with a data plan... Nothing special, and certainly nothing cheaper, really.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (2)

Barbara, not Barbie (721478) | more than 3 years ago | (#36097082)

Even if it included a data plan, it's still a lousy offer.

Net-tops are $200 nowadays, and don't require you to be connected to the net to work. Not being constantly connected means better battery life.

For students, being connected to the local wifi access point st to transfer files is all they need, and that's free.

So, for less than 1 year's payment for the google "welfarebook", you can have a real functioning netbook (or if you want to spend around $350, a real laptop), and use real software, not just "OMG web 2.0" stuff.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096312)

If you're using a ThinkPad you bought seven years ago...

eww.

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096474)

Mines only 3 years old.. Want to see how long I can drag it on

Have seen operational ones which are 6+ years old (Dont know the exact age/model, but they run Win 95 and have a floppy drive)

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096680)

The googlebooks are more netbooks than notebooks, and a good netbook is $300 tops. I'd rather pay that, have local storage and access to my apps while off line... and get to own to hardware and the software, and keep using it for free as long as I want.

Google's announcement combines many things I don't like:
- renting things for a very high monthly payment, which means you could actually buy the thing for only 1 year's worth of rent. Imagine if they did that with appartments. (sorry, couldn't fit in a pizza... oh wait, the car !)
- the cloud. read the sig. I like my apps and data to be accessible off-line, and easy to backup. and secure.
- walled playpen.
- spying on me and selling the info
- plus the hardware is not that hot

Re:Same Price as a normal laptop (1)

BenoitRen (998927) | more than 3 years ago | (#36097060)

IBM ThinkPads may have that reputation, but Lenovo ThinkPads aren't as good.

not worth it (3, Interesting)

alen (225700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096024)

i have a beta cr-48 and haven't used it in months. even my wife rarely uses it anymore unlike her iphone.

it's OK and pretty fast but completely useless unless you have a network connection. ipad runs rings around it in hardware quality and functionality.

Re:not worth it (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096286)

You and your wife are Apple users, and therefore your opinions don't matter.

Re:not worth it (0)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096306)

IT's not an iPad, it's not in the same space at all.

Apparently the best thing about an iPad is how its better then a munch of stuff that isn't even close to the same.

Next up: iPads are better then Ti-99.

IT's NOT better the the 48 at what the 48 does. In fact, it's not better then any other non tablet devices.

Re:not worth it (2)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096390)

What exactly does the 48 do that is so fabulous and amazing? Pretty much any netbook can run a web browser (which is about the sum total of functionality of the Cr-48).

Re:not worth it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096464)

Be practically free?

Have an actual keyboard?

Re:not worth it (1)

alen (225700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096936)

$240 a year is free? and they are making you pay for current free services

Re:not worth it (1)

b0bby (201198) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096478)

So if I put an ipad in a $65 keyboard/case, what exactly is it that the 48 does that makes it better? I have a netbook, and I certainly think that for what I use it for a tablet would be better.

Re:not worth it (1)

luther349 (645380) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096314)

probly why there starting this kind of program the cr-48 got pretty bad reviews conserding the eepc line smokes it. and a used eepc is pretty dammed cheap abought a year cost of owning this and it will last for years 5+ if you take care of it.

Re:not worth it (1)

Ironhandx (1762146) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096686)

The problem here is that it won't. The laptop is essentially free and the 3g data plan it comes with for $20/month would cost you $50-80/month to get it some other way.

Re:not worth it (2)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096604)

Well considering google is talking free 3G included for $20 a month, not all college students have $500 laying around the house, then extra $X a month for a data plan. Useless without internet, but it is bundled with 3g internet that works almost anywhere, I fail to see the problem. It isn't a top of the line perfect for everyone device, but it is a nice, inexpensive tool that seems appropriate for many students needs.

K12 (3, Interesting)

xzvf (924443) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096028)

I think this has the most value in K12. A lot will depend on support contracts and additional costs, but for a 1:1 program this is a reasonable structure. Many people will compare this to buying a laptop for under $400 that can be used anywhere versus a $240 dollar annual cost for a device that only works over the web. What most people will miss and what will be important for this to work, is reducing the management and maintenance costs of the devices. If you combine the $240 appliance with wireless access at school, administrative control of the device, replacement structures for broken and stolen devices, and the ability to integrate with an LMS, this could be a valuable reduction in costs.

Re:K12 (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096060)

What about a Thinkpad with the corporate management features and a 5+ year lifespan?

At $800 it works out to $160 per year

Re:K12 (1)

Zuato (1024033) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096224)

You have to add a monthly expense to the Thinkpad to cover the provided 3g data connection that this offer from Google comes with.

Re:K12 (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096492)

Indeed. However...it's nothing special. No access, no use. With a Thinkpad, you're going to have it's use and a lot more capabilities for that slight increase in expense. With the Chrome "laptop", you'll need 3G/WiFi access to use it- period. And if you think that you're getting it, including the 3G for $20-ish per month, I've got a bridge to sell you. Only slightly used and it's cheap.

Re:K12 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096320)

Well, that $800 Thinkpad:

1) Probably costs more than $800
2) Requires IT management
3) Does not come with 3G coverage

Re:K12 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096250)

I think this has the most value to the advertisers that big G sells personal data to.

Re:K12 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36097158)

If other schools are anything like the ones in the district I work in, they will reject these devices for educational use because they can't run the software, written in 1995 with the aid of a Learn C in 24 Hours book, that they built their curriculum around.

I just bought something better (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096052)

A $300 netbook that I can use for $0/month! That's right, ladies and gents, zero dollars per month!

And that's not all. It's even capable of storing up to 320 GB of data INSIDE the device itself! How amazing is that? You can carry your data right along with you, and not have to depend on "the cloud" or have problems with their data breeches.

If I keep it for 5 years, that's $1200 saved compared to a $20/month plan. And since I have both 802.11 and a cell phone anyway, I can still get network connectivity anywhere.

It's a damn amazing thing, I tell ya what.

Re:I just bought something better (1)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096236)

Good for you. Now suppose you usually have no use for a notebook but you'll be traveling for two months and wish to have your own computer to browse on during that period, after which you'll revert to having no use for a notebook.

Re:I just bought something better (1)

b0bby (201198) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096284)

I doubt that Google is going to let you have this thing for only 2 months at a time.

Re:I just bought something better (1)

luther349 (645380) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096242)

300$ man you can get used eeepc systems for like 150$. normaly the 4-8 ssd models but sometimes you will find a 120gb model for the same price.

You won't keep it for five years. (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096352)

So your math isn't realistic. This is a dumb terminal for $20/month. I can give you a shovel, and you might find an old Televideo in a landfill some place that might be adaptable to WiFi.

Google believes convenience is going to rule, but there's little compelling for $20/month.

Re:I just bought something better (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096564)

Yep. Amazing, isn't it? My Nook's in the same class of tool. And, we won't get into my Iconia Tab, or my netbook (Heh...) or the Laptop I've got. Sorry, I wish people wouldn't gee-whiz over this stuff. Seriously. You can actually GET the same basic deal Google's peddling with your described setup plus 3G/4G access for $150-200 purchase and $50/mo. If you subsidize it via credit card, it ends up being...wait for it...$20/mo for the life of the service contract and a $50/mo service contract from ANY of the providers right at the moment. And while you don't get the "convenience" Google's flogging on devices, you actually DON'T want this because you can't use it at all if you don't have WiFi or 3G/4G coverage- period.

Re:I just bought something better (4, Informative)

Necroman (61604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096894)

I think you're missing something important with this.

It's $20/month/user for K12 and College, and $28/month/user for businesses. With this you get an auto-upgrading OS, warrenty and support, and hardware upgrades as the hardware gets old. So in 2-3 years when your current laptops are old, they will send you new ones for all your users. Because everything is stored online, the upgrade is nearly seamless for the users.

As well, this includes "domain" management for all the laptops you buy this way. As an IT admin, you manage all the laptops you get this way, setting up users, policies, and other junk that IT admins have to deal with.

This is a lot more than a stand alone laptop.

(Note: I'm at Google IO right now and I'm getting one of these things for free, so I may be influenced by the magic).

Re:I just bought something better (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096942)

Are you getting a Cr-48, or one of the production units?

If it's a production unit, what are your impressions?

Re:I just bought something better (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 3 years ago | (#36097028)

Adding tethering to your plan will probably cost you more than Googles entire offering here...

Zeus canon being fired down under southern hillary (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096090)

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Ahm, what about installment sales done by others? (1)

drummania (2038146) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096108)

As far as I know Dell and other vendors offer computers on installment payments. Isn't that a better choice than renting?

Re:Ahm, what about installment sales done by other (1)

Ruke (857276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36097056)

It all depends on whether that $20/mo includes the data plan, or if the laptop only contains a 3G modem. If it does include the data plan, you're essentially getting a free notebook with the purchase of the data plan, which isn't too bad in itself.

The Secret for Desktop Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096144)

Google hit upon the secret for Desktop Linux success -- charge more than Free, track your users, and limit what the OS can do when its capable of more!

Oh joy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096160)

Another monthly bill to worry about

Awesome! (1)

PickyH3D (680158) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096208)

Now you just need to make sure you never lose your connection to the internet, otherwise you're screwed.

Re:Awesome! (1)

Zuato (1024033) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096246)

RTFA. It comes with a 3g data connection for the $20/month. Unless you travel to an area that has no cell connection and no wireless you are fine.

Re:Awesome! (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096440)

It comes with a 3g data connection for the $20/month. Unless you travel to an area that has no cell connection and no wireless you are fine.

Not even most major cities necessarily have universal 3g coverage. I routinely lose 3g on my Galaxy S all the time and not even in the outskirts of town and where according to the cell providers map I should have strong coverage.

Re:Awesome! (1)

Imagix (695350) | more than 3 years ago | (#36097050)

And you get royally hosed if you ever end up doing data roaming. $20 - $50/MB isn't a surprising international roaming data rate....

Re:Awesome! (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096350)

You can use it without a connection, you know. Of COURSE you loose features that require web access..just like every other fucking device.

Re:Awesome! (1)

luther349 (645380) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096386)

a chrome os device needs the inetrnet just to get pased the login screen. you cant use this os without the net why i call it a stillborn os couse its going to flop heck most people aruldy dont care abought it and say whers andoride x86.

Re:Awesome! (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096622)

You can use it without a connection, you know.

Except for the fact that you need an internet connection just to log in?

Of COURSE you loose features that require web access..just like every other fucking device.

Since Chrome OS is built around web applications that basically means you lose ALL FEATURES.

Re:Awesome! (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096756)

BTW you really need to read this [techairlines.com] :

No Internet Means Chrome OS is Useless

Without an internet connection, Chrome OS is completely useless. Sure, I have some apps/extensions that work offline, like Write Space and Scratchpad, but without an internet connection, how do I log-in to access these apps?

I’m quite sure Google is working on an offline version of Google Apps, but right now, its still not ready yet.

Some type of offline support is a must for this operating system to be accepted by the general consumer market.

Wireless Problems

As mentioned above, the Cr-48 is useless without the web, but ironically I have experienced numerous connectivity issues involving mostly the Wi-Fi connection.
Just last week, my notebook just suddenly stopped being able to connect to any Wi-Fi networks, getting stuck at Acquiring IP Address for networkname. The solution to this? Switch to developer mode, wipe out the OS, then download a new Chrome OS image and reinstall it. This worked but I never received a reason for why all this was even necessary.

In addition, both before and after resetting the OS, my Wi-Fi connection frequently gets intermittently dropped. I’ll admit that the Wi-Fi connection I use is already bad on any computer, but it has never been this bad.

Gee, I can't wait to sign up for what looks like a great deal!

Half the price? (1)

ForgedArtificer (1777038) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096346)

In Canada, that'd be roughly a third, or less, of a typical cell phone contract. I'm paying close to $80 CDN a month for 65 minutes, unlimited texting, caller ID and a gb of data on a smartphone... and I know Canada's not the worst, although we're pretty bad.

Necessity (1)

dragonhunter21 (1815102) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096410)

As an owner of a Chrome OS laptop, the only way I'd get one of these (or recommend it to a friend) is if they came with unlimited 3G. The 100mb cap is not nearly enough.

Re:Necessity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096554)

Yeah, that's about a week of pretty light use - I use a 3G dongle on vacation.

Re:Necessity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36096934)

Yeah, that's about a week of pretty light use - I use a 3G dongle on vacation.

Hahaha.... Dongle.

Proof? (1)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096428)

I'd like to see definite proof in the form of a signup page rather than slashdot's repost of an extremetech repost of Forbe's repost of Engadget's speculation. Can anyone provide that?

Re:Proof? (1)

umberleigh (793964) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096518)

Google's live annoucement at Google I/O finished all of 5 minutes ago.

Is Chrome OS still around? (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096490)

I thought they would give it up after the lukewarm response to their beta devices.

That's Google for you, not afraid of failure--even when it's staring at them squarely in the face.

          -dZ.

Ellen 2011: (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096698)

I was writing a paper on the PC^W Google laptop, and it was, like, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep^W^W^W^W^W Google Docs crashed, and then, like, half^W all of my papers was gone. And I was, like ? meh. It devoured my paper. It was a really good papers. And then I had to do it^W them all again and I had to do it^W them fast so it^W they wasn't as good. It's kind of^W^W^W really a fucking bummer.

Does this $20 include 3G connectivity? (1)

flibbidyfloo (451053) | more than 3 years ago | (#36096806)

I can't tell from TFA if this price is supposed to include a 3G data connection. If it is, that would be revolutionary. If it doesn't, then I imagine the deal would only be interesting to students that get free wifi in their dorms and already have an XBox for their gaming needs. Sounds like a pretty good market, especially if they can get a deal with schools to offer it as part of tuition or dorm rent, etc.

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