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$35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled 46

damitr writes "With a lot of fanfare the Indian Government had launched a $35 tablet named Aakash (The Sky). Despite skepticism, the government went ahead with the project. But delays in production and deployment of the tablet have left the project in risk of failure. The manufacturer has been unable to supply the required 100,000 units, and a deadline of March 31 has been set. The new minister Pallam Raju says: 'Aakash is only a tablet... there are other such devices as well. While work will continue to develop it and increase its productivity, manufacturing is obviously a problem.'" For what it's worth, they did manage to ship 17,000 of them. It looks like meeting the deadline is impossible and the $35 tablet is dead.
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$35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled

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  • Re:Easy solution (Score:4, Interesting)

    by unixisc ( 2429386 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @09:27AM (#43302161)

    Looks like everybody is out to demonstrate how good they are at outsourcing. Just wait until the Chinese and Africans too get in on the act - then we might see jobs coming back to the US

    And the Indian government was involved in creating a tablet because....?

  • Re:IeBay them (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CohibaVancouver ( 864662 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @09:40AM (#43302273)

    If the government don't buy them,I am sure hobbyists and hackers around the world would find use for them if they were only $35 each.

    You wouldn't be able to sell them to individuals for $35 - Supply chains, distribution, packaging, returns, payment processing... All would drive up the cost. Price point would probably be $79 or so which, surprise surprise, is what a cheapo consumer Chinese tablet sells for.

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