Google To Sell Chrome OS on a Subscription-Based Model?

Posted on 20. Apr, 2011 by in Chrome OS, Rumors

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Rumors are circulating that Google is making plans to sell Chrome OS devices using a pay-by-the month plan at a range of $10-20 per month as a subscription service. The plan will then provide users with hardware refreshes over a set lifecycle for each device. It’s unknown if this will be bundled with some sort of software service as well such as the long-awaited Google Music.

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The company still plans on selling Chrome OS hardware using the traditional model of paying upfront, but the idea of potential customers being able to get their own Chrome OS hardware for cheap upfront is a great strategy for attracting users. Many have speculated that pricing will be the most important factor for Chrome OS adoption. Pairing Chrome OS with a paid service and perhaps offering vouchers for some paid Chrome Web Store applications would also be an ideal solution since the platform is entirely web-based and will rely on web applications.

There are both positives and negatives to this approach. With customers paying for a subscription that could possibly come with wireless service included, Google would be able to easily ramp up in terms of Chrome OS users and would be able to obtain a ton of data about how to improve the operating system. On the flip side, they will have to incur initial hardware expenses and coordinate billing and contracts that would be associated with a model like this.

Chrome OS is still slated to be released mid-year according to Google. That means we could see commercial devices coming in June or perhaps July, with a release date likely set during the Google I/O keynotes in May. Manufactures have been said to be planning to ship over one million devices this year.

How do you feel about subscription-based Chrome OS hardware?

via Neowin.net

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21 Responses to “Google To Sell Chrome OS on a Subscription-Based Model?”

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  2. Steven Weathers

    20. Apr, 2011

    I would love to see this subscription model used by Google Chrome OS net books, due to the fact that it would take a few years to pay off the average cost of a net book at those rates. The hardware refresh at regular intervals would be the icing on the cake so to speak.

    Google is going to take over the tech world!

  3. Brian Fort

    20. Apr, 2011

    Exceelent idea, and I am sure it will create a lot of buzz when people see a chrome netbook with $10 next to it.

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  5. smee

    20. Apr, 2011

    Being a web-based OS would make the regular hardware refresh seamless, too. I like it.

  6. Benjamin Straw

    20. Apr, 2011

    I wish the subscription model comes to phones, I mean I’m sick of waiting for my plan to expire to get a new one.

    But for computers… I think the subscription model might work for some, but not for me. I use my cr-48 only on weekends,
    otherwise it just sits on my desk collecting dust, while I use my desktops. on the weekdays.

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  13. Charbax

    21. Apr, 2011

    I posted my speculation on how they will price this here: http://armdevices.net/2011/04/21/chrome-os-laptops-pricing-speculationrumors-appear/

  14. Smokinshep

    21. Apr, 2011

    Google Chrome OS should always be free. While charging for hardware and service is acceptable. But if I want to download Chrome OS, and put it on my own machine, that should be free. Its kinda Google’s thing.

  15. Daniel Cawrey

    21. Apr, 2011

    I don’t think that’s going away, just look at the Chromium Projects…

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  21. Maha

    14. May, 2011

    Very interesting strategy. If it succeeds no doubt, Microsoft, Apple and other competitors will jump into the fray. Well, maybe not Apple, but definitely Microsoft. Apple kind of walks their own path so to speak.

    This is great news for Microsoft because they’ve been dying for new and good ideas to copy. That’s why their stock prices have been stagnant the past 8 years, no new products on the horizon. They copied Mac OS, they improved on Word Perfect and Lotus 123 and called it Office. They came out with a line of retail stores that have the same high tech layout as Mac Stores, now they get to copy Google’s new laptop.

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