Google announced today that its business and educational customers now have a second option for purchasing its new Chrome OS-powered laptops: upfront pricing, sans subscription. Previously, Chromebooks were only available to these institutions by way of a 3-year commitment. That plan didn’t fit in well with some organization’s yearly budget cycle, says Google.Now, those customers can choose whether to buy Chromebooks on a subscription basis or just pay for the laptops up front.
The new option provides schools and businesses with access to the Web-based administration console for Chromebook management, phone support and hardware warranty coverage. After the first year, customers can opt to pay a monthly fee for management access and support.
The new prices are as follows:
1-Year Upfront: $449 (Wi-Fi), $519 (3G) Years 2-3: $5/month per Chromebook for management & support