OLPC 'Give 1 Get 1' program kicks off

The One Laptop Per Child foundation has started off its "Give 1 Get 1" program. Through the program, people in the United States and Canada can purchase the foundation's XO laptops and sponsor a child in the developing world in the process. Laptops are for sale on the laptopgiving.org website for $399 a pop, with that fee buying both a laptop for the customer and one for a child.

Aside from the obvious philanthropic aspect, there are additional perks to participating in the program. First of all, the OLPC foundation says $200 of the $399 "donation" is tax-deductible. (The rest covers the market value of the notebook.) Additionally, T-Mobile will give U.S. customers who participate in the program one year of free access to its 8,587 Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the country. This year of free service "is valued at more than $350," the OLPC foundation says.

However, supply of XO laptops is tight. The foundation warns, "Please be aware that we will make every effort to deliver the XO laptops by the holidays, but quantities are limited. Early purchasers have the best chance of receiving their XO laptops in time for the holidays, but we cannot guarantee timing." The Give 1 Get 1 program is scheduled to run until November 26.

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