Google Adds Chromebook Rental Program

To make Chromebooks more accessible to business users, Google introduced a new rental program, which costs $30 a month, per computer.

A new Chromebox may be rented for $25 monthly.

Divya Agarwalla, Product Manager, Chrome for Business, outlines the cost-effectiveness of the program: “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.”

He adds: “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.”

While Chromebook rental starts at $30 a month for the first year, the rental cost drops to $25/month afterward; it drops by an additional $5 per month after two years. Chromebox pricing will be reduced by $3 per month after the first year and every subsequent year.

Google also added a special bonus, noted Agarwalla: “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.”

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at Rates.ca, a new personal finance portal.
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