Microsoft plans to release their Windows 8 Surface Tablet without 3G/LTE when it first comes to market. Microsoft has only mentioned that the Surface will be equipped with Wi-Fi and has omitted any discussion of a mobile broadband option. Unnamed business sources have said that Microsoft is hoping to popularize the Surface without 3G or 4G support. Analysts expect that this decision could diminish interest in Microsoft’s new tablet, but as always, there are many different opinions on the subject.
Microsoft is positioning the Surface as a high end mobile device that can serve the same function as a notebook. However many customers might also want to work where there is no Wi-Fi available and be at a disadvantage with the Surface tablet, according to Benjamin Bajarin from Creative Strategies. Other market observers have posited that Microsoft wants to forgo a 3G or 4G option to lower costs and avoid restrictions. The reason, according to Carolina Milanesi at Gartner is that tablet buyers prefer to use their devices at home and without mobile data networks, because they fear high costs associated with data plans.
What do you think? Does Microsoft risk disappointing their customers?