by Greg DeKoenigsberg
I’ve been demoing this little green laptop for months. Everywhere I go, it’s a star, and everyone who sees it always asks me the same question: when can I get one? Finally, I have an answer: right now. But you’d better hurry, because they are only available for another 12 days. And here’s a little secret: it’s a really good deal.
The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is ambitious: to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. To accomplish this ambitious goal, the project needs supporters who believe in this goal. Until November 26, OLPC is sponsoring the Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution.
Beyond idealism, there’s one great pragmatic reasons for doing it: it’s a great value. The purchase price is $399 plus shipping and handling, but $200 of that is a tax write-off. Also, everyone who gets an OLPC will also receive free wifi service from T-Mobile for one year.
Do the math: for a little over $400, you get a revolutionary laptop (value: $200), free wifi service for a year (value: $350), a tax write-off (value: a few bucks, maybe more depending on your financial situation), and the knowledge that a child in the developing world has a chance that he or she would never have had otherwise (value: priceless).
It’s the best Christmas deal out there. Go take advantage of it. Right now.