Report: Surface to be Wi-Fi-only at launch

According to a new report, Microsoft's Surface tablet will be Wi-Fi-only at launch. Microsoft has continued to remain tight-lipped about whether or not a cellular version of the tablet will be available, neither confirming nor denying the report.

Bloomberg is reporting that Surface won't be available with a cellular service option at launch, citing two unnamed sources. It's unclear if Bloomberg's report is referring to both the Windows RT and Windows 8 Surface models or just the Windows RT model, which will launch before the Windows 8 version. As Bloomberg points out, the majority of tablets in the market are Wi-Fi-only, meaning Microsoft's decision could cut down on financial requirements while still reaching the largest percentage of users interested in a tablet.

The outlet's sources also claim Pegatron, the manufacturer of Apple's iPhone, is also making Microsoft's new tablet line. Like Microsoft, however, Pegatron has refused to confirm or deny its involvement in manufacturing Surface.

Surface, which was revealed Monday, is Microsoft's first foray in tablet or computer hardware outside of peripherals. Pricing has yet to be revealed for either version of the tablet. Additional information on Microsoft's tablet can be found in our previous coverage.

Source: Bloomberg

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Why would you want a 3G version when tethering is so simple?

Makes me smile when I see people forking out £$£ for yet another SIM/Contract, worse still laptop owners buying a 3G dongle that sits next to their Android phone which easily does the same thing.

My HTC Legend's battery would drain in under an hour with mobile hotspot on. My new iPad's battery lasts for 9 hours on 3G. My current phone doesn't being a mobile hotspot.

It's always funny to see people only being able to reason from their own stance.

.Neo said,
My HTC Legend's battery would drain in under an hour with mobile hotspot on. My new iPad's battery lasts for 9 hours on 3G. My current phone doesn't being a mobile hotspot.

It's always funny to see people only being able to reason from their own stance.

Well I'm sure they'll offer an option for 3G/4G tablets later on, but it sounds like your market could be different from the US. I know at least a couple dozen people with iPads, and only one of them uses it with a data plan.

Enron said,
Well I'm sure they'll offer an option for 3G/4G tablets later on, but it sounds like your market could be different from the US. I know at least a couple dozen people with iPads, and only one of them uses it with a data plan.

It depends on the group. Younger people tend to have to Wi-Fi model, commuters tend to have the Wi-Fi+4G model. Most business people I dealt with have the Wi-Fi+4G model as well.

I'd say it's around 50-50.

Tethering is not so simple. I am on the road and I jump in and out of my car all day. I tried tethering and it was a huge pain and a huge time waster. I am much better off with a 3G tablet. If this Windows machine is meant to be some kind of work tool for someone on the road taking orders, doing data entry or looking up information then built in 3G/4G is a must.

A Lenovo Convertible costs what $1,300/$1,500? That, and even something more, is the price I expect to pay for a business class device that would make useless having a laptop also.

It's not really a deal breaker. Why should I have to pay for data for individual devices when I can just wireless tether my phone to it? Of course not everyone has such luxuries due to pricing and data caps.

Annoying if it's true. I can't teather my Lumia 800 so if I'm 100% MS ecosystem then I can't get online with my Surface when travelling.

What's all this tosh about negotiating with carriers? Screw that, just slap in a SIM slot and 3G modem. Writting this on a HP ProBook which has a slot in it - nothing to do with carriers. I just whack in a SIM.

stevehoot said,
Annoying if it's true. I can't teather my Lumia 800 so if I'm 100% MS ecosystem then I can't get online with my Surface when travelling.

What's all this tosh about negotiating with carriers? Screw that, just slap in a SIM slot and 3G modem. Writting this on a HP ProBook which has a slot in it - nothing to do with carriers. I just whack in a SIM.

You could use USB Data Cards/Dongles for that

neonspark said,
seeing sales of android celular capable tablets fall into the abys, MSFT is making the right call. it needs to be cheap.

Hoping they sell at evens or loss and make it up on the new revenue from the store.

I love opinions, so let me throw mine in the mix. Wifi might work for most, but for some, its the cellular connection is a must. Hot-spoting from your phone is a pain if you have to use it ON/OFF throughout the day. And screw having to use a dongle. For this kind of device, I personally am shocked it doesn't have Cellular built in automatically. I also see that to get the price down they would have to eliminate some features. I have an iPad. I have one for the sole reason that it does have the cell chip inside. Its a "cool" device, as is also the surface. But without the cell chip, it suddenly can't do what work i need it to do, and I am 100% not "cool" with that.

rippleman said,
I love opinions, so let me throw mine in the mix. Wifi might work for most, but for some, its the cellular connection is a must. Hot-spoting from your phone is a pain if you have to use it ON/OFF throughout the day. And screw having to use a dongle. For this kind of device, I personally am shocked it doesn't have Cellular built in automatically. I also see that to get the price down they would have to eliminate some features. I have an iPad. I have one for the sole reason that it does have the cell chip inside. Its a "cool" device, as is also the surface. But without the cell chip, it suddenly can't do what work i need it to do, and I am 100% not "cool" with that.

rippleman said,
I love opinions, so let me throw mine in the mix. Wifi might work for most, but for some, its the cellular connection is a must. Hot-spoting from your phone is a pain if you have to use it ON/OFF throughout the day. And screw having to use a dongle. For this kind of device, I personally am shocked it doesn't have Cellular built in automatically. I also see that to get the price down they would have to eliminate some features. I have an iPad. I have one for the sole reason that it does have the cell chip inside. Its a "cool" device, as is also the surface. But without the cell chip, it suddenly can't do what work i need it to do, and I am 100% not "cool" with that.

you eat too much apple and how it limits you and you love it too. what is being offered here is the ability to choose because you vou a USB port that is not locked down to doing only certain things. you can simple get what you need from the provider you want and the ability to change when you want.

Sorry, but I don't want to buy a tablet that has contract locked to one carrier. WiFi is the way to go. If I want internet for my tablet, I can just use the dongle from my laptop. One internet bill for all devices.

This device relies on the live tiles to be up to date. So why produce a machine where the tiles wont be up to date when I open the lid unless its on WiFi? Machines like this need a constant connection to be most useful.

To all who thinks cellular is needed, let's run the logic. Surface tablet is more of a hybrid between netbook (well sorta) and tablet. Typically a netbook or ultraviolet don't come with cellular or carrier because it comes with wireless. No tech site ever consider cellular was an option to fight for, why? It's because we all own smart phone that will add to a netbook. Personally, I write email on my smartphone because it's just smaller and easier like testing someone. Imagine having to opens tablet just to reply an email. When I do work like writing customer report, it doesn't require me to be online. If I have to send that doc files, I tether, then send the attachment then I untethered.
If I am rich, I am sure paying for 2 devices, smartphone and tablet is still a stupid idea not to mention 2 monthly payment to a carrier who is known to f**k you up.

I like the way how people are saying that the "surface" is "likely to have this and its not likely to that" when really does ANYONE at all really "KNOW" for sure. It is all conjecture !!
Even if there is no surface at all ........and it was all a complete hoax (which it wasn't, not as far as I am concerned), it did what it was supposed to do.......make people think about what COULD be done if they really tried hard enough !!

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