Verizon may be selling Surface tablets soon

As we mentioned earlier today, Verizon Wireless has started selling their first Windows Phone 8 devices in their stores today. However, some stores have also built a demo display that focuses on the Surface tablet from Microsoft.

The WPCentral.com forums has a message from one of its readers who walked into his local Verizon store today and took the picture above with the working Surface demo display. The reader, jrj2013, stated, " ... the manager said he had set it up this AM and that VZW will be selling them soon."

Currently, the only retail stores that are selling the Surface tablet in the US are Microsoft's own stores. If Verizon starts selling the Surface, it's likely it will be the same one that Microsoft offers rather than one that also links up to Verizon's LTE network.

It's also likely that we will see the Surface show up in more retail store locations over the next several months. An anonymous Neowin tipster recently told us that Best Buy would start selling the Surface in January. It's possible that retailers are waiting for the Windows 8 Pro-Intel version of the tablet to go on sale before offering the Surface to its customers.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via WPCentral.com

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I bought an 822 this morning and the rep told be they would be selling them. They had one in the display and it only ran demos about itself, nothing about WP8.

I always knew that Microsoft would need a retail partner if they wanted to have a chance in selling around 3-5 million units. I'm just surprised its Verizon. I thought Barnes & Noble might be a more logical choice, to be sold next to their Nooks. Because there is no 4G radio in Surface, I can see Verizon cross promoting hotspot and tethering options.

I really wouldn't trust any other retailer to sell Surfaces. There is a reason why only Microsoft Retail Stores at the moment sell them; it gives MS total control over the shopping experience, in the form of knowledgeable trained staff, uncompetitive environment, and complete servicing, not to mention the excellent warranty/support that you can get with it.

Selling the Surface at Verizon or Best Buy is like Ferrari deciding to have their cars sold by sleazy used car dealerships.

Bern@rd said,
I really wouldn't trust any other retailer to sell Surfaces. There is a reason why only Microsoft Retail Stores at the moment sell them; it gives MS total control over the shopping experience, in the form of knowledgeable trained staff, uncompetitive environment, and complete servicing, not to mention the excellent warranty/support that you can get with it.

Selling the Surface at Verizon or Best Buy is like Ferrari deciding to have their cars sold by sleazy used car dealerships.

yes, however... when i dont have a microsoft store even remotely close to me, id prefer they get them somewhere nearby then wait for them to put up a MS store.

neufuse said,
or is it just an interactive display for windows 8 phone information?...

I dont really see a reason for VW to sell them - especially a wifi only version.
Unless this is preparing for surface pro with cellular!!! fingers crossed lol.

auziez said,

I dont really see a reason for VW to sell them - especially a wifi only version.
Unless this is preparing for surface pro with cellular!!! fingers crossed lol.

Well, since most of Verizon's phones now can act as a hotspot without any extra charges (since it just uses from your shared data) then it does sort of make sense.

auziez said,

I dont really see a reason for VW to sell them - especially a wifi only version.
Unless this is preparing for surface pro with cellular!!! fingers crossed lol.

I can't remember how this went down, but didn't Verizon sell iPads as wifi only at first until they got their own version made for CDMA?

neufuse said,

I can't remember how this went down, but didn't Verizon sell iPads as wifi only at first until they got their own version made for CDMA?

correct.

neufuse said,

I can't remember how this went down, but didn't Verizon sell iPads as wifi only at first until they got their own version made for CDMA?

well personally im just waiting for a data enabled surface, hopefully with good battery.