Google Launches Chromebook Rental ProgramBy: Josh Wolford - September 5, 2012
If you run a business and are looking to supply your fleet with personal computers, Google hopes that a new program will send you their way.
Today, the company is announcing a new Chromebook rental program, which will allow organizations to rent the devices for just $30 a month.
“Imagine you’re setting up shop for a local political campaign and will have an influx of new, temporary workers. You can rent a Chromebook for each worker for the next few months, and return them when the campaign is over,” says Google on their enterprise blog. “Chromebooks meet the needs of most workers, making this rental program a great option for companies with seasonal workers, larger organizations who want to pilot Chromebooks, fast-growing startups and any company looking to preserve cash.”
The Chromebook starts at $30 a month for the first year, but after that initial twelve months, the price drops to $25. After the first 24 months, it drops by another $5 per month.
As part of the program, you can also rent the Chromebox for $25 per month. Its price declines by $3 per month for every subsequent year.
There’s also a special perk for Google Apps customers:
“If you’re a Google Apps customer, today we’re also making it possible for you to purchase up to 10 Chromebooks – including web-based user, device and app management – online from Google. You can manage your fleet of Chromebooks right from the Apps control panel, giving you a unified view across your organization and enabling you to get users up and running quickly.”
As of right now, the Chromebook (Samsung Series 5 550) is available online for $599 – not exactly a cheap buy. Google hopes the rental program will increase interest in the Chromebook initiative.