With G1G1 laptops arriving, I emailed OLPC Donor Services and asked them if the T-Mobile HotSpot subscription information will be contained within the XO box or will the info arrive in some other manner.
I received the following response, which I confirmed with a T-Mobile customer service representative. (Sadly, the T-Mobile rep had never heard of the XO but after telling her about it she said she planned to order one.)
Email response from OLPC Donor Services:
You will receive an email message close to the time that your laptop ships containing instructions on how to begin your complimentary year of T-Mobile HotSpot service. Please refer to http://hotspot.t-mobile.com for additional information on T-Mobile HotSpot Wireless broadband Internet service.After speaking with the T-Mobile rep, I kept asking myself why she did not know about the XO and the promotion. Later on I received a more detailed email response from T-Mobile USA:
Once you have placed your donations you will receive a thank you notice from One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) advising of the promo. Once the laptop is ready for shipping the you will receive another email from OLPC with their pin # which will allow you to activate your complimentary HotSpot service. In order to activate the complimentary service the customer must have received their pin #.Still, why are T-Mobile and hosts of HotSpot locations not advertising the G1G1 program? Don't they want to maximize their HotSpots and draw more customers? Maybe this whole thing is just moving too fast for large businesses and they are missing the boat.
So, what are you going to do about it as an XO laptop supporter? There is still some time left until December 31. You can make some calls, send some emails and ask to post fliers at local Starbucks, Borders, FedEx Kinkos, hotels, airports, libraries, etc. If you are really motivated, take your XO to public places as much as possible and hold impromptu demonstrations.
For some good fliers you can post and distribute, go to sverma's fliers. The fliers are under a CC license so you can alter and distribute them.
According to one seller, who I emailed, the XO he is selling does not include the HotSpot subscription but he failed to post this info in his listing and does not plan to add it. The other seller responded that his/her XO will include the subscription and posted this info. So, Buyer Beware!
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