The Hindu Business Line writes about Novatium (which I have helped co-found):
A customer subscribes to Novatium’s “computing service” offered by a local operator, paying an upfront amount and later a monthly “pay-as-you consume” fee, according to its CEO, Mr Alok Singh.
Nova netPC is like an appliance. The operator gives the subscriber a keyboard, mouse, monitor and `Nova netPC.’ A cable is drawn into the house and connected to the Nova netPC.
With the account already provided by the operator, once the customer types username and password, they are ready to use the PC and explore the Internet, he told Business Line.
The device is easy to use – just switch it on and off. It is secure – no local storage, no local programme.
Besides, it offers total access user control as well as control over peripherals; central data storage; and low obsolescence (client device life of eight years).
For a monthly fee, a subscriber is offered a package that includes applications, such as Word, Excel and Media Player. More applications can be had for additional payment.