Verizon To Start Selling Surface Tablets? Even With No Cellular Connectivity?

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The Windows 8 RT version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet is WiFi-only. The Windows 8 Pro version, as well, lacks a cellular radio. So, why would Verizon be interested in Surface? That’s the question we find ourselves asking tonight, upon learning that the carrier has been setting up Surface displays in its retail stores.

The source of the above image claims that the store’s manager told him that Verizon and Microsoft had been keeping news of the carrier getting involved with Surface sales quiet. He added that he expected what Verizon ends up selling to be the regular WiFi-only Surface we’re familiar with, and not some unannounced cellular-enabled version.

Maybe it’s part of a tie-in with the carrier’s sales of Windows Phone 8 hardware, sort of like how RIM positioned the PlayBook originally as a tethered accessory to be used alongside a BlackBerry phone. Maybe Verizon will try selling it with a USB LTE dongle, taking advantage of the tablet’s full-sized USB port. For now, at least, it’s still a mystery.

Source: WPCentral

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!