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First Microsoft Surface tablets will be Wi-Fi-only

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jun 22nd, 2012 3:35PM EDT

Bloomberg reports that the first generation of Microsoft’s Surface tablets will only support Wi-Fi connectivity to start, and won’t be able to connect with carriers’ proprietary 4G networks. But as Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi notes in the Bloomberg story, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing since many people are happy having only Wi-Fi connectivity on their laptops and tablets, and are also wary of having an LTE-connected tablet that could subject them to overage fees if they exceed their monthly limits. What’s more, the Wi-Fi-only iPad is cheaper than its counterpart that has both LTE and Wi-Fi, so it’s not as though Microsoft is missing out on big carrier subsidies by forsaking LTE for the time being.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.