I am Saurabh Adhikari, and I think someone should emphasize that the talk of XO-1 laptops from OLPC costing only $189, $200, or $219 including deployment is clear fantasy. Having been privy to one XO laptop procurement in India, let me give you the breakdown.
One Laptop Per Child charges $229 per laptop (and upwards) for anything size purchase and shipment below 100,000 units and the price keeps going up if the size goes down. OLPC blocks the money for 4 to 5 months or longer and interest on that will be more like $15 for those who want to buy an OLPC. Add it all up and you end up with a very different number.
Here is the average cost per unit of an XO laptop deployment, for purchases below 100,000, averaged after acquisition:
$229 XO laptop price for order below 100,000
$70 Duty etc per unit
$20 Door-door shipping charges per unit
$10 Cost of creating LC per unit
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$30 Solar chargers per unit
$23 Maintenance cost per unit @10% annual
$10 Training per unit
$20 Servers and installation
$30 Cost of procuring an order
$12 Back office support per unit
$461 - Total cost at ZERO margins
That is pretty close to the estimates in Australia that came to $490+. So I would say that it will be safer to advise the buyers the cost as $229+ taxes+ shipping+ LC costs+++ and it will be $410 landed + solar chargers and installation etc. So AT NO PROFIT, OLPC laptops cost over $410 in another country even though the manufacturers produce it for $200 and OLPC charges the overheads that are reasonable compared to market.
It will be great if every country discussed it on this forum to create a realistic budget for OLPC deployment.