T-Mobile offers an interesting deal to encourage support for One Laptop Per Child: The carrier will give you a year of free T-Mobile HotSpot service if you donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing country. The promotion lasts Nov. 12 to Nov. 26, 2007. Pay $399, and you get one laptop, and a child get the other. T-Mobile typically charges $30 per month for a one-year commitment to its hotspot service or $360.
Despite the marvelous intent behind OLPC, I continue to be highly dubious because specific programs of studies and goals are not set. The idea seems to still be, give kids laptops and marvelous things will happen, like they will all become programmers. Decades of research show that's not the case. Computer-assisted learning is all over the place in terms of results, and without a tight focus, good software, trained teachers, and objective goals, there's no hope of helping kids learn anything.