This means that for the time immediately after its launch, Surface will feature only Wi-Fi connectivity and not 3G or 4G.
According to the report, Microsoft wants to keep the door open for a 3G/4G Surface in the future. But for now, it may prove to be a drawback for the company as Surface is pitted against many popular tablets, including Apple’s iPad which now offers 4G connectivity as well.
However, Microsoft may be pleased to know that the Wi-Fi only iPads are the ones that are most favoured by mainstream consumers and it is rare for most of them to use it outside Wi-Fi hotspots. Meanwhile, the 3G/4G iPads are not sold in large numbers.
Microsoft needed to make a major move to popularize the Surface tablet not only in workplaces but also at homes. A Wi-Fi enabled Surface tablet will ensure that Microsoft manages to achieve this.