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First Microsoft Surface tablets will be Wi-Fi-only

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.


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