Today Google announced two key services for its Chromebook project: rentals, and the ability for its Apps customers to quickly purchase and deploy the hardware. Renting a Chromebook costs $30 a month, a fee that declines over time. After the first 12 months with a device, the monthly cost goes to $25, and after two years, it falls further to $20. Obviously, at that point, it would be cheaper to have purchased the device outright. You can also rent Chromeboxes for $25 a month, a price that declines to $18 monthly over time. There is no required time commitment for the rentals, making them a month- to-month service. Read the full story at The Next Web.

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