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Archos wants to provide the G9 tablets for 0.50€ per day with 3G to students in France

Posted by Charbax on October 3rd, 2011

The Archos CEO Henri Crohas today spoke on French radio station France Inter (the audio is in French) to suggest for a Government supported promotion plan to be offered to French students where the student can pay only half a euro per day to get the Archos 80 G9 with 3G stick and with a 3G data connection on a 2-year contract.

The French Government is launching an offer to students in France to get an iPad2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for 1€ per day over a 2-year contract to get the tablet and 3G connectivity. That amounts to 730€. As a counter attack, Archos is suggesting that the Government support a French offer to French students, where the student can choose to get the Archos 80 G9 with 3G stick and with 3G access for half the price 0.50€ per day over 2 years, that amounts to only 365€. Given a choice with such huge price difference, obviously most students will choose the Archos tablet deal and not Samsung or Apple.

Archos is the only Tablet maker in France, and one of the only tablet makers based in Europe. The latest sales numbers for Tablet sales in France show that Archos is biggest Android tablet maker in terms of market share, in front of Samsung. They are of course second biggest tablet maker after Apple, for example last November and December months, Archos had 22% tablet market share in France and Apple had 68%. But that difference may get lowered quickly if the French Government accepts to support providing Archos tablets to all French students at a discounted price, half the price compared to the iPad2, all the while Archos providing a faster processor and far more features such as more video codecs supported, HDMI, 2x USB Hosts, Kick-stand (which makes it much more usable for education) an up to 50% faster processor and more.

Consider that Archos only has 100 employees, and Apple has 50 thousand (500x more). Consider that Archos has a market capitalisation of $200 Million on the Paris stock exchange while Apple is valued at $350 Billion on NASDAQ (1750x more). That Archos has about $40 Million cash to use for launching mass production while Apple has $70 Billion cash that they can use to launch as much mass production as they want (1750x more). And regardless of all that, it seems Archos may find a way in France to single handedly sell more tablets than Apple.

  • AngryRussian

    Pffft. If a decent tablet can be had for only a euro, who in his right mind will even consider Archos?

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

    Students are usually clever enough to know the difference between 365 euro and 730 euro, they know the difference between 15 euro per month and 30 euro per month, nobody in their right mind will consider anything else than Archos obviously.

  • AngryRussian

    If the student is that hard up for cash, he will not buy any.
    Archos is fucked either way.

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

    All students are hard up for cash, and those even more up for cash will take the WiFi only deal at 30 euro cents per day, 3G really isn’t needed all schools and homes have WiFi.

  • RO

    I suppose that helps Archos as a company, and the buyers in savings, but I see that my Archos 5 Android was made in China (like about everyone else’s tablets, notably Apple), so not much job impact it would seem.  I have enjoyed it up till now, but now the notorious battery swelling has started, so I picked up a used Dell Streak 5 instead to stay with this form factor that is ideal for me, and upgrade to FroYo since Archos has abandoned the 5.  And I can replace the battery easily when its time comes.

    Still, I wish them luck against the “big boys”.

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

    Archos has 100 employees in France. Apple has 50 thousand employees in the USA. If France wants more high-tech employees, it’s quite simple, they have to invest in Archos to grow it to a thousand plus high-tech mostly r&d and manufacturing resource management jobs based in France, thus paying more taxes in France. It’s very simple for the French Government to estimate the potential of the company and invest in a way they are sure to get their money back (with or without interests) quite fast, and by investing in Archos’s growth, they enable them to grow and sell much more by themselves without the need of the Government’s help.

  • Kodiak

    French radio “BFM-Business” was heavy in lobbying for Archos to be recognized, at least in this context of state-sponsored offer for students, as an possible alternative to Samsung & Apple. Read Henri Crohas (Google translate): http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bfmbusiness.com%2Finterview%2F%25C2%25AB-grand-dieu-qu%25E2%2580%2599il-est-difficile-de-r%25C3%25A9ussir-chez-soi-%25C2%25BB-92431

  • Kodiak

    French radio “BFM-Business” was heavy in lobbying for Archos to be recognized, at least in this context of state-sponsored offer for students, as an possible alternative to Samsung & Apple. Read Henri Crohas (Google translate): http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bfmbusiness.com%2Finterview%2F%25C2%25AB-grand-dieu-qu%25E2%2580%2599il-est-difficile-de-r%25C3%25A9ussir-chez-soi-%25C2%25BB-92431

  • DeNada

    It does not matter where the Archos is put together and what “made in” label has. Important is the open system, support, enthusiastic comunity of users and price. Not only students, but a lot of linux users like it, because it is open :-) MANY thanks to ALL developers and openminded people.

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