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OLPC XO laptops publicly available today

By Lisa Hoover on November 12, 2007 (6:00:00 PM)

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Beginning today, anyone interested in getting an XO computer through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program has a chance to grab one. The Give One, Get One (G1G1) program is open to US and Canadian residents who want to purchase one XO laptop for themselves for $399.

Order between today and November 26, and you'll receive one of the green and white laptop computers. The other will be sent on your behalf to a child in a developing nation. US donors will also receive free access for one year to T-Mobile wireless hotspots located throughout the country.

Donors may buy multiple units, however the price does not include shipping, handling, and sales tax. Although OLPC hopes to ship the laptops in time for the holidays, it cannot guarantee delivery.

Organizations are also encouraged to participate in the G1G1 program via Give Many, designed to let participants decide where the bulk of their donated units are sent.

Although delivery is limited to the US and Canada, payment can be made via Paypal from anywhere in the world. OLPC News editor Wayan Vota came up with a way for people living outside the delivery area to participate in the G1G1 program and receive a laptop of their own via a special arrangement with UPS.

The OLPC program has had its share of ups and downs since its inception by entrepreneur Nicholas Negroponte. The nation of Uruguay recently became the first country to purchase the laptops for its children, and mass production of the units has already begun.

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Did you order one? Why / why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 129.32.8.58] on November 12, 2007 07:44 PM
The same question's been asked many places, but I'm asking it again here ;)

I ordered one this morning -- at the very worst, I've gotten a year of T-Mobile hotspot access at a very slight premium, but hopefully I'll like the device as well as I currently expect to.

Anyone else order one? I hope to find some other users near me (Philly, until next summer at least), to play with the collaborative features.

timothy

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Re: Did you order one? Why / why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.126.182.244] on November 12, 2007 09:40 PM
I will buy one later today to spread awareness.

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Re: Did you order one? Why / why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.114.10.121] on November 12, 2007 11:11 PM
I gave one and got one today and if it arrives before December 8th (which I highly doubt), I will be bringing it with me to Philly that weekend when I'm going to meet up with friends for a Christmas dinner party. I think it would awesome to try the neighborhood utility and actually find others who have bought one as well!

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Re(1): Did you order one? Why / why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.126.182.244] on November 13, 2007 03:02 AM
When will it come through?

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Re: Did you order one? Why / why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.20.198.52] on November 26, 2007 08:07 PM
Not sure if I already answered a post by you in another forum... Donated back on the 12th, so when the laptop shows up I'd love to meet up with other locals to test it out. I enjoy meeting at LaVa coffee at 21st and South if that's not too far outta the way for you... Great atmosphere for group work...

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OLPC XO laptops publicly available today

Posted by: toronto on November 12, 2007 09:49 PM
I'm looking at buying two for my kids but if they ship from the USA to Canada via UPS thats a deal breaker. As any Canuck will tell you shipping via UPS over the border is a brokerage charge disaster just waiting to happen. Plus it'll get bounced around so much.

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OLPC XO laptops publicly available today

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.83.114.28] on November 13, 2007 10:21 AM
I regret that the OLPC is not (yet) available in europe. And when it will be available i hope an european agent will distribute the machine or we will have to pay double the cost due to taxes and customs.

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Re: OLPC XO laptops publicly available today

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 169.233.25.105] on November 14, 2007 12:10 AM
Maybe you can start up the Le Un Computadora Soy Child?

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Re(1): OLPC XO laptops publicly available today

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.83.114.28] on November 15, 2007 01:22 PM
Strange answer though...

Maybe you can Give one, Eat one

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