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OLPC to extend 'give one, get one' deal to UK

Pay £200 for OLPC XO laptop, and give one away

People in the UK and mainland Europe may soon have the chance to purchase a One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO £100 laptop through a 'give one, get one' offer similar to that offered in the US and Canada last year.

"At some point we might do it in Europe," said Walter Bender, OLPC's president, in an interview on Friday.

Under the "give one, get one" program offered in Canada and the US, customers could buy an XO laptop for $400 (£200) and a second XO laptop would be donated to a developing country. Each XO laptop currently costs around $188.

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OLPC hasn't yet made the offer available in Europe because the XO has not received the necessary certifications to be sold there.

"We haven't finished all that stuff, so we couldn't do it in Europe yet," Bender said.

Whether or not OLPC does make the XO available in Europe remains to be determined, and such an offer remains under consideration.

"We may or may not do it," Bender said.

From OLPC's perspective, the 'give one, get one' offer helped large numbers of people in America get involved with the group's efforts to bring computing to children in developing countries, Bender said.

"A lot of people [are] jumping in to the software, to learning and to support.

"That's what I was hoping Intel would do, but they didn't. The public is doing it instead," he said, referring to Intel's acrimonious departure last week from OLPC's board of directors.

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OLPC has so far shipped around 50,000 XO laptops to North American customers under the 'give one, get one' program, and more remain to be shipped, Bender said. The number of customers who ordered laptops under the program was not immediately available, but as many as 150,000 units may have been donated through the program.

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