How to get the Chromebook's free goodies

How to get the Chromebook's free goodies

Summary: If you have a Chromebook, any newer Samsung Chromebook, you can get a free 100GBs of Google Drive storage and 12 free Gogo in-air Wi-Fi passes. Here's how to get them.

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Want a 100GBs of free Google Drive storage? Here's how you get it.

The new, great ARM-powered Samsung Chromebook came with two great free offers: 100GBs of free Google Drive storage for two years and 12 free Gogo in-air, Wi-Fi passes. With a combined list price of $269, that means if you buy the ARM Chromebook today at $249, you're actually getting $20 back! That's my kind of deal. Here's how you get it.

Log into your Chromebook. It doesn't have to be the just released Chromebook ARM. The free storage deal are also available to you if you're using a Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 or the desktop Samsung Chromebox Series 3. If you're using an older Chromebook, such as a Cr-48, Acer AC700, or Samsung Chromebook Series 5 you're out of luck. You also can't get these offers if you're running Chrome OS on an ordinary PC—darn it!

The Chromebook 2012 Gallery

Next, if needed, let your Chromebook update to to the latest edition of the Linux-based Chrome OS. To get the Google Drive deal you need to be running at least Chome OS 23.

All done? Then click on the Google Drive offer page. Google will then check to see if you're using a real-deal Chrome OS device, and a few minutes later you'll have your 100GBs of free storage for the next two years.

Don't get any cute ideas about getting 200GBs by buying two Chromebooks. You can only get a single free 100GBs of storage per Google account. You also can't transfer the storage space to a buddy's account.

What happens to your files at the end of two years? Nothing. They're still there and you can still use them. Come that day to add more files to your Google Drive, you'll need to buy more storage. At this time, Google will let you buy up to a mind-binding 16 Terabytes.

Once you have the free storage you can, of course, use it on any of your devices with a Google account. So, for example, you'll also have access to all your files on your conventional PC, a Nexus & tablet, whatever.

The 12 free Gogo in-air Internet WI-FI passes can be used by ARM Chromebook and Chromebook 550 users. Gogo is currently available on about 1,500 planes on Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, United, US Air, and Virgin America. Gogo prices vary, but a day pass is now available for $12.79.

Put it all together and you get an amazing deal and two more good reasons to get a great laptop.

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Topics: Linux, Google, Laptops, Networking, Samsung, PCs, Wi-Fi

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  • Since I don't see any yet, "Hello there, I'm an SJVN troll!"

    Since I hate and disagree with everything that Mr. VN has to say, I hereby declare that free is BAD! BAD! BAD!

    Oh, and why do i hang out here. and trash everything that he has to say, when I despise him and everything that he speaks highly of? Well, it's "complicated," I'd rather not talk about it.
    thebaldguy
    • Actually, SJVN always gets kudos when he stays on topic

      When he writes about Linux and Open Source, SJVN is actually rewarded with lots of kudos. That's actually kind of odd considering that he was hired by ZDNet to talk about Linux and Open Source. Must be great to get kudos for doing what you are supposed to be doing.

      It is only when he goes onto his weeks long rants, ignoring everything that is happening in the Linux and Open Source community, in order to spread FUD about Microsoft. Unfortunately, he does not do his readers any favors when he does this and gets soundly criticized by EVERYONE, including the people he is supposed to be serving (those looking for info on Linux and Open Source).

      So SJVN, kudos on writing one of your unfortunately rare articles on Linux and Open Source. I find there is a perfectly inverse relationship between the quality of your blog and the number of times you mention Microsoft. Stick with Linux and Open Source, a topic you clearly know a lot about because you expose your ignorance whenever you start writing about Microsoft.
      toddbottom3
    • BTW If you want to know why SJVN writes such garbage blogs

      just look at the number of comments he gets when he writes an on-topic blog. SJVN is paid by the post. His paycheque is bigger the more ridiculous his blog.
      toddbottom3
  • But seriously, folks...

    Interesting that you get all of these goodies free with an existing Chromebook, and if you spend $249 bucks, it also gets thrown in. I'm assuming that the Surface also provides lots of free goodness, with the goodness extended to folks who already own Microsoft laptops with touch-driven screens?
    thebaldguy
    • Or for the same $249 you can get

      a Windows laptop that has access to the complete Windows library of software, including all the Open Source stuff that keeps the price at $249 for the hardware and OS.

      One wonders if the Chromebook is $249, and the Windows laptop is $249, who is making more profit on the OS? Google or MS?
      Cynical99
      • What specific Open Source stuff you speaking of?

        “including all the Open Source stuff that keeps the price at $249 for the hardware and OS.”
        RickLively
        • RE: What specific Open Source stuff you speaking of?

          Well, a lot of open-source applications are multi-platform and support Windows: LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Abiword, Gnumeric, Firefox. Thunderbird, VLC Media Player, The GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, Netscape, Eclipse, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Weka, SQuirreL SQL, to name more than a few.

          There's also open-source software written exclusively for Windows: VirtuaWin (virtual desktops), SharpDevelop (IDE for .NET), SumatraPDF, just to name a few.

          One of Steven's blind spots as an open-source blogger is his failure to write about open-source software written exclusively for Windows.

          P.S. There is also a great deal of free proprietary software available for Windows to keep one's costs down. Examples include the the Opera browser, Chrome browser, VirtualBox (the open-source version has to be compiled), Oracle's proprietary Java, SQL Server 2xxx Express,
          anonymous
      • Flip that meme around!

        Sooo tired of the "or you could get a 'full featured' Windows laptop" meme. Maybe I'll start posting in every article about a Windows laptop something like:

        "For the same price you could get a ChromeBook that is much faster, more stable, more secure, with automatic instant continuous online backup of not only your documents but also your ENTIRE user experience. Transferring to a new machine, or synching between two machines, is instant and as easy as entering your username and password. Automatic foolproof background updates from a single source of not only the OS but ALL apps. Runs cooler, quieter, with instant wakeup and incredibly fast bootup."
        Carney3
        • Just means that

          ChromeBooks have no financial advantage over a Windows laptop. Funny though, Steven can't seem to understand that little point. Seems to think that just 'cause it's a ChromeBook, it'll be cheaper because Google gives the OS for FREE!

          You on the other hand are just as ridiculous as Steven, unwilling to look at the real market where normal people shop.

          For the ChromeBook to be successful in large numbers, it must be "Better" than a Windows laptop. Since Windows laptops of approximately the same specs are about the same price, the ChromeBook will sell a few to die hard Windows haters and a few specialty operations.

          Then again, the specialists could buy the Windows box, load their OS of choice, and if needed return it to Windows to work in the real world.

          Good luck on your denial.
          Cynical99
          • RE: because Google gives the [Chrome] OS for FREE!

            Actually, Chrome OS, like Android, is no longer free:

            "Microsoft and LG Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome OS Based Devices
            http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/jan12/01-12LGPR.aspx

            The list includes both Samsung and Acer, both of which manufacturer Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
            anonymous
  • Chrome book = fools idea

    .
    owlllnet
    • Chromebooks are cool

      Not for everyone, and not for everything, but what is? Quick to load, quick to exit, easy to maintain, even with multiple users, and a growing platform of offline applications that work also.
      jamie_love
  • Free stuff says all

    you need to be connected all the time to use the chrome book. And you need a lot of cloud storage (connected first).
    Skyhome