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Microsoft confirmed that there will be a $99 xbox.  It’s the 4GB model and they will be selling them at 16 of the 21 Microsoft retail stores.  What’s the catch.  Actually, there are several.  First, you will have to agree to a two year $15 per month contract, bringing the price of a normally $299 4GB Xbox 360 up to $459.  If you were to purchase all of the gear up front and take Microsoft’s discounted Xbox Live account plan, you would save $110.  So, no, the $99 Xbox is not a good deal.  Can I think of any reason to put $99 down and commit to two years of $15 dollar per month payments for a 4GB Xbox 360?  No.  And neither won’t be able to think of a reason either.  Oh, and by the way, almost everyone expects Microsoft to announce a new Xbox in 2013 which you would not be eligible to get.  Did I mention that this is a bad idea? Visit shellypalmer.com to learn more about the $99 Xbox 360.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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