Microsoft Surface to Be Wi-Fi-Only at First [REPORT]

Todd Wasserman

The initial version of Microsoft Surface will only work with Wi-Fi and not with mobile phone networks according to a report.

Citing "two people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is equipping the phone with a short-range Wi-Fi connection. Microsoft could not be reached for comment on the report.

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Microsoft introduced Surface, its latest tablet, on Monday. The company has been guarded about details for the product, withholding its release date and pricing. Details about connectivity has also been scant, but offering a Wi-Fi-only device would put Surface at a disadvantage against the iPad, whose latest iteration connects to LTE networks. However, Apple also sells a Wi-Fi-only device and not offering mobile network connectivity may be a way for Microsoft to keep costs down.

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Taking the Tablet to New Heights

Microsoft thinks Surface can redefine the tablet with dual USB ports, thin-yet-sturdy construction and a cover that reveals a fully functional keyboard complete with trackpad.

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