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Old 29th June 2005, 12:55   #1
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Default India closes in on $100 PC

In about three months, a little-known company called Novatium plans to offer a stripped-down home computer for about $70 or $75. That is about half the price of the standard "thin clients" of this kind now sold in India, made possible in part by some novel engineering choices. Adding a monitor doubles the price to $150, but the company will offer used displays to keep the cost down.

"If you want to reach the $100 to $120 price point, you need to use old monitors," said Novatium founder and board member Rajesh Jain, a local entrepreneur who sold the IndiaWorld portal for $115 million in cash in 2000 and has started a host of companies since. "Monitors have a lifetime of seven to eight years."

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they could use all the old electronic parts and old software licences from the US and Europe since manual labor is so cheap there
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Salvaging old parts costs & shipping them halfway around the world costs WAY more than manufacturing a cheap substitute!
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Old 29th June 2005, 20:07   #4
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I'm not sure on that with the raising resource prices.
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Old 30th June 2005, 07:32   #5
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Hindu power baby!

I'd like to see what they'll be able to do in a few years when a few HUNDRED millions of Hindus have been connected to the internet and a few TENS of millions of them have become PC engineers and software developers.

It's all about the numbers baby!
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