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.