Microsoft’s Surface tablet said to be Wi-Fi only at launch; no 4G, no 3G, no 2G, not even 1G

“Microsoft Corp.’s Surface tablet computer, unveiled this week to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad, will initially go on sale without a connection to mobile-phone networks, according to two people familiar with the matter,” Ian King and Dina Bass report for Bloomberg. “Microsoft is equipping the device with a Wi-Fi short-range connection, said the people, who declined to be named because the full specifications of the new product have yet to be made public.”

“Apple, the market leader in tablets, began selling a new iPad in March with the fastest cellular connection, known as long-term evolution, or LTE [4G],” King and Bass report. “Since it first went on sale in 2010, the iPad has had the option of a mobile-phone chip, which lets users access the Internet almost anywhere there is network coverage. Apple also sells a Wi-Fi-only iPad model.”

“Microsoft’s decision may enable it to keep costs down, said Ben Bajarin, an analyst at technology consulting firm Creative Strategies. Still, it could curtail the company’s efforts to promote Surface as a device you can use anywhere and in any way, Bajarin said,” King and Bass report. “‘The way that Microsoft is positioning this product — that it’s highly mobile but also has the functionality of a notebook — that customer might be more interested in working from any location and not being bound by Wi-Fi,’ said Bajarin.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ballmer T. Clown punching himself in the faceMicrosoft has gone from not only punching their suffering users in the face daily with their mediocre, frustrating, failure-prone wares to punching themselves in the face, too.

The “customer might be more interested in working from any location and not being bound by Wi-Fi.”

You can say that again, Ben!

Microsloth’s latest debacle, Blurry Ass Tablet™, is going to be more fun than even we expected!

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    1. Each Surface tablet comes with a retractible coil of string. When pulled taught and connected to another Surface tablet you are able to effortless transmit data between devices.

  1. Of course this is their strategy. Why would they want to compete with a consumer tablet, they are trying to create a niche business tablet/laptop, they don’t want you playing games or watching movies or videoconferencing. They want to create a need for their bloated software cash cows, nothing else. But RIM already shower then the pitfalls of the with Playbook, but Playbook was too telecom centered to succeed.

    1. A nonstarter. Once again right out of the gate Ballmy shoots himself and his company in the foot and blows the whole thing off! It’s hilarious contemplating their next bumbling incompetent act of senseless self-destruction. High entertainment.

    2. “Microsoft Corp.’s Surface tablet computer, unveiled this week to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad, will initially go on sale…”

      This is where I stopped reading. We’ll see if it ever really does go on sale…

        1. The luckiest dormitory room assignment in the history of higher learning of the entire world.

          (and for those who don’t know what I’m talking about: Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates were roommates in college).

  2. WiFi only goes well with sitting at a desk in order to type on the screen protector – keyboard. Curious, is the keyboard included or is it a $99 add on?

    1. Likely an add-on. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t, especially given that it’s available in different colors. My guess is that they will offer a discount when you buy them together… but just a guess.

  3. First iPad was wifi only for a month or so.

    But when you’re almost 3years behind? Bad idea.

    It still amazes me that this is the best MS can do 30 months after the iPad announcement and five years after the iPhone.

  4. I wanted MS to to succeed for competitions sake, but sadly this thing is going fail miserably. It actually looks like MS as a whole is imploding before our eyes. At least they still have a popular word processor and spreadsheet app.

  5. This actually feels like RIM dejavu. First everyone was in denial because the top enterprise smartphone could not possibly be unseated….

    Anyone with MS stock would be wise to start shedding some fat. It was a good run while it lasted. Nothing lasts forever. It’s time to start thinking about taking the money and running.

  6. I’d love to have been in Microsoft’s “brainstorming” or “design review” meeting on this bad boy. Or anything they make actually.

    It must be the craziest thing to witness.

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