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LIME Jamaica's Managing Director Garry Sinclair presents a 'FLIPtop' computer to J'Neil Green, the top female awardee in the 2011 Grade Six Achievement Test. LIME is making the low-cost laptop available for just $14,999 for customers who sign up for its Internet service. The telecoms company has launched the FLIPtop Internet promotion in time for the back-to-school period. - Contributed
LIME Jamaica's Managing Director Garry Sinclair presents a 'FLIPtop' computer to J'Neil Green, the top female awardee in the 2011 Grade Six Achievement Test. LIME is making the low-cost laptop available for just $14,999 for customers who sign up for its Internet service. The telecoms company has launched the FLIPtop Internet promotion in time for the back-to-school period. - Contributed

Telecommunications firm LIME Jamaica has launched a low-cost laptop, available for customers who sign up for its Internet service, as part of its drive to increase Internet penetration in the island.

Dubbed the 'FLIPtop', the computer provides consumers with the features and utility of more expensive devices for $14,999. The device will be available to new customers who take out a two-year residential Internet service package with the firm.

In a release yesterday, LIME said recent survey findings from the Mona School of Business at the University Of the West Indies have confirmed that consumers continually cite the high cost of computers and other access devices as the main barrier to Internet access.

"When we considered that what often blocks access to the Internet for consumers is the affordability of the access device, we decided to help to remove this barrier and give more people a chance to get online," said LIME Jamaica's Managing Director, Garry Sinclair.

"Internet access is now essential for several aspects of everyday life, especially education, entertainment, business and recreation, and we believe every home in Jamaica should have Internet service," he added.

In time for back-to-school

Sinclair also said his company was especially pleased that the FLIPtop offer was available in time for back-to-school preparations, providing parents with affordable learning technology for their children.

"Every child in school in 2011, irrespective of background, should have Internet access because it gives them a gateway to unlimited educational resources which can help improve their overall academic performance. We are aware that prior to this, many parents were unable to afford a computer, but with this new offer a computer has just become a lot more affordable so parents can get Internet for their children," he said.

For people needing financial assistance to purchase a 'FLIPtop', LIME says it has partnered with Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) to make loans available under favourable conditions. JNBS will provide financing through its Term Share Loan, which allows account holders the option of borrowing a portion of the funds held in their savings account while still earning interest on their savings.

New customers who sign up for a two-year Internet package from LIME can then buy the new ultra-thin, Wi-Fi-enabled FLIPtop. The laptop has a 160GB hard drive, 1GB Ram, a 1.3 megapixel, Skype-ready camera and comes with the Windows 7 OS.

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Comment by Ladyjd721 on August 18, 2011 at 11:30am
where can i get one for my nephew?
Comment by Kennywee on August 18, 2011 at 9:17am

@Mervin E Yearwood, you couldn't have put it any better! The gov't. of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been and still is providing computers for primary school students with the same specs FREE of cost. The next phase will be secondary schools, then the tertiary schools with different specifications, of course, to meet the needs of the different levels.

Just this very week I've bought a laptop for someone with almost 3 times that there specs for $280.00 US. So I certainly agree with you that (1) this is an internet access device and (2) given who LIME is and all that they have done to us and made from us in the caribbean over the 100 plus years they're here, they certainly could have done much better to the Jamaican people. I admit that I do have some hang ups about LIME so my opinion? Much to do or say over nothing. Doesn't change the price of eggs where I am concerned.

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on August 17, 2011 at 2:59pm

LET'S SEE $175.00USD/14,999JAD  FOR A COMPUTER,WHAT PROCESSOR DO WE HAVE?

WE KNOW IT HAS 160GHD 1GBRAM 1.3 MEG PIX WIN OS7 SORRY THIS IS A SAD STORY FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS THIS NOT A VIABLE COMPUTER IN TODAYS WORLD YOU NEED AT  LEAST 1/2 TERRA.H .D, AND 8GB OF RAM FOR THE LEAST DEMANDING SUBJECTS.

THIS IS AN INTERNET ACCESS DEVICE.

HOW MUCH DO THESE STUDENTS HAVE TO PAY MONTHLY FOR THE IP SERVICES TO LIME?

CAUTION THIS IS LIKE A CRACK DEALER GIVE YOU YOUR FIRST HIT  YOU WILL PAY DOWN THE LINE.

 LIME AND THE OTHER TELECOM SHOULD WIFI THE WHOLE ISLAND WITH FREE ACCESS POINTS

FOR ASSISTANCE THE SCHOOLS SHOULD PETITION THE GATES FOUNDATION FOR THE COMPUTERS OR FOR BULK DISCOUNT ON THE APPROPRIATE  LAPTOPS

THIS IS JUST A NET BOOK SOME PHONES HAVE MORE PERFORMANCE THAT THIS DEVICE  

IT'S IS A START BUT BE CAUTIOUS,

OUR GOVERNMENTS  MUST STEP FORWARD AND INVEST IN THE BUILDING OF THE COMPUTER NET WORKS FOR THE NATIONS TO MOVE FAST FORWARD IN THIS AGE OF TECHNOLOGY.THE COMPUTER IS MANDATORY FOR EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS

COMPUTER ARE THE NEW ENGINES FOR ECONOMIC SURVIVAL.

 

Comment by MrVintage on August 17, 2011 at 1:38pm
Very good gesture... It will really enhance people's lives by allowing them to interact with the rest of the world instantaneously. Children will become more adept with computers as well as be able to learn and conduct research on the Internet. This is good for people in the long run. I'm not blinded by the specs of the laptop; I truly see the upside here... The components aren't top of the line or cutting edge but they don't need to be... Cutting edge products would have removed the target benefit of low cost... We need to stop acting so ritzy all the time and be grateful... Who here would turn down a free Honda Accord because it's not as equipped as the Mercedes when you only need a car for work and going a to b??? I'm waiting...
Comment by O g on August 17, 2011 at 1:34pm
She the top awardee do better then that (lime) give her the dam computer free
Comment by Hugh on August 17, 2011 at 1:24pm
That FLIPtop has some measly specs.  Do betta dan dat man!  How 1GB Ram fi run Win 7?  If dem a go use it fi skool, dem nah go wah Office pon it to, an some adda programs?
Comment by Darknlovely on August 17, 2011 at 1:02pm
I pray its not a little too late as customers needed incentitives to continue with LIME...

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