Now that Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay's Ceibal Request for Proposal deadline has passed, and the submitted proposals are open for public review, guess what the One Laptop Per Child bid is for OLPC Uruguay?
According to Proyecto Ceibal, OLPC partnered with Brighstar Uruguay SA to offer XO laptops at $205 per computer.
$205 per laptop per child?! That's no where near the original, and now fanciful, "$100 laptop" marketing campaign. In fact, that's almost the Libyan MOU price of $208 per laptop. And remember, one $208 laptop per child would be 73% of Nigeria's entire government income.
But OLPC laptop pricing gets better. Brian Bergstein is reporting why the OLPC/Brightstar bid was $205 per computer: the OLPC XO is now $188 Per Laptop Per Child!
Spokesman George Snell blamed the increase on a variety of factors, including currency fluctuations and rising costs of such components as nickel and silicon. He said the project was committed to keeping the price from rising above $190.Does he mean the XO laptop base cost is now
It is time to ask when the XO-1 price increases stop. When the price of components stabilize or the dollar appreciates? Or when the barometric pressure on Jupiter decreases or we have peace in the Middle East?
Or will Nicholas Negroponte finally wake up to the reality that his $100 laptop price point was a great dream and honorable goal, but still quite unattainable, even in the developing world, and drop his "$100 laptop" marketing gimmick.
And that's not to say he should admit the reality of a $200 XO laptop in defeat. He should say, with pride, that he changed the conversation, the entire computing paradigm, or as Nortel President John Rosese says in his blog:
The OLPC effort has given our R&D teams something very different to think about - e.g., a new type of end point, a new technology model, a new platform to link to our capabilities and a new consumer base.Even at $188, 190, or $200 dollars per laptop per child.