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Microsoft offers US consumers free Touch or Type cover with Surface RT

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Microsoft is making it cheaper and more convenient for consumers to personalise hardware. To join the deal that has been featured in Europe, Microsoft has unleashed a free Touch (including limited editions) and Type cover offer for consumers when Surface RT Windows 8 tablets are purchased. It's a limited time offer and has only just kicked off, but we're pleased to see such a bundle arise to help push more units.

As a bonus, the limited edition Touch covers are also included, which would usually set the buyer back by $129.99. Of course, power users would still limited by the ARM chip and Windows RT, but this would be perfect for someone who doesn't require a full Windows desktop experience. Be sure to check if the deal is valid before you make the purchase at your chosen source. So, who's now getting a Surface RT? 

Source: Surface Blog; thanks, Austin and Edith, for the tip!

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Microsoft offers US consumers free Touch or Type cover with Surface RT

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So glad I got a 64GB on day one, mandatorily bundled with a black touch cover, which you pay for.  /s
My fault I guess for jumping in on day one. They got my money and responses in a survey. I got to put up with terrible mail/calendar apps (still do since I have Google accounts) and got to spend 20 minutes taking a survey that left me no room to actually express real concerns about the OS/tablet experience, except in the form of rating things between 1 and 9.

You may have missed my point....
Probably didn't take 20 minutes. I just remember it estimating 20-25 minutes. I didn't keep track.

Arrrgh! After finally getting a Surface RT a couple weeks ago, they decide to offer this deal. I would hope Microsoft would extend this offer to people who recently bought a Surface.

why? You can't read the future and made a decision to buy based on what you needed at the time. I knew when I bought mine there would eventually be a sale. But I got a year of Xbox Music for free that I'm enjoying so no biggy.

Very often company will do just that... You may as well go and ask. Lots of them will honor sale prices and such if it happens shortly after you buy.

All the companies should do that, I love Sony for this, I bought my VAIO a week before it went on sale and when it was on sale I just called them and explained that I bought it just 6 days ago and they returned 80$. That's how companies can create good relationship with costumers

Correct. Touch or type cover should have been free with your choice of colors. The fact that Microsoft Office is included in the price should have been marketed better. Finally, device should have been priced at $399 or so, or even $299. I doubt Microsoft loses any money at that price and the RT would have been a great "loss leader" to drive interest to the Surface Pro and to make a serious dent in the iPad's market dominance. Seriously, parents would buy Surface RT rather than iPad for their students and themselves because of Office alone at that price.

I totally agree with you there. 64GB with touch or type cover for $399 would have been a killer! Without the cover, 64GB, should have been $299. That would have been awesome!!!!

They'd undercut their OEM partners and establish the Surface brand as a cheaper alternative, thus making it harder to reduce the price. Personally, I've felt that the Surface should've always cone with a touch cover, or been $100 less, which would still undercut OEMs. By packaging in the keyboard, the provide a value while not losing as much profit as a simple price cut.

Undercutting OEM partners shouldn't have even been a factor with RT. My comment was reserved entirely for the Surface RT. I think their strategy there should have been to attack the iPad head on with a "loss leader" in pricing, include the only accessory you need (the keyboard), and emphasize "This has Microsoft Office included for Free... IPad can't even run Office". Surface Pro is a completely different proposition. I think they UNDER-PRICED it. It holds up in my every day use to any of the Ultrabooks costing a great deal more. I get asked about my Surface Pro every day. It's a Ferrari at a Mercedes price-point.

One of the few times I made the mistake of being an early-ish adopter. Got the 32gb package as soon as they made it into Best Buy. Ah, well.

^this (both parts) - anyone see redemption instructions? Would like to head to Staples and see if 399 in store still applies... Combined with a free Type cover, I may be onboard.

I jumped on the $399 offer already, I'm hoping I can go back for a free cover once I locate details on how to redeem.

The Staples 399 in store deal goes to 6/8. The free cover promotion starts 6/2 at Staples FYI. (I just stopped at Staples - the fliers FROM MS have the 6/2 start date, so they're sending mixed messages with the blog post stating 5/31). Didn't ask about those who already bought one, but they were willing to let me buy one today and come back 6/2 for the cover, sooo... YMMV.

Saw the post on Facebook last night, so many negative Nancy's "where's my free one for being an early adopter" or "should have been included the whole time" or "just got one last week, I should get my money back" boo hoo stop complaining!!!

That's bs! I'm tweeting @JoeBelfiore and telling them about themselves! Lol I paid all that money for one and didn't get a touch cover...

Joe heads up the Windows Phone team. If you've used both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, you can tell those two worlds are very much apart in many ways.

Sorry, my second sentence was supposed to be a joke (although, a sad one).
 
As a Windows Phone user, I was excited for Windows 8/RT, but as I started using it was clear the two didn't share much in common aside from Metro. Beyond the notion of sharing apps across platforms, there are just little functional things that I feel work well in Windows Phone but were done very differently on the Windows side. Email/calendar and lack of favorites in the IE app being the most glaring, but I understand they were straddling a line where they wanted to make it more desktopish.

10"  Androids aren't selling well either. Fairly priced around $399 for the 64GB, Cover and Pouch.  Makes for a nice travel and sofa table piece.
Early adopter pricing (and pricing by Apple Standards rather than Android) means slow adoption.

Anyone who purchases a surface rt needs this or any other mouse peripheral. Sometimes I try to click on links and they don't open at all. The only way to click on them is to open the touch cover and use the built in touch pad. RT needs a better touch browser.

Are you complainers (early adopters) going to cry about EVERY special and sale in the future? If so...send me your address so I can get some tissues out to you right away. Sales, promotions and specials are going to happen every now and then. If you buy ANY piece of technology you should know that. Anyway..all babies get free Kleenex. Just let me know if you need some.

I hear that!  If your gonna play (early) then you have to pay.  Thats what it takes to be on the cutting edge. 

As someone that pre-ordered a Surface RT and Touch Cover, I think this is great. I would have loved to see it pop up before (especially for early-adopters), but that just doesn't make sense financially. This is normal people... you lower the price (effectively) after it has been on the market for a while.
Would like to try a type cover, though. Have only gotten to use the touch.

And people who paid for this get ripped off, of course... The curse of being an early adopter and supporting the company gets a big whatever.

64GB with Type Covert is $600?  I paid $499 for a NEW 64GB Dell XPS 10 with Dock (has extra battary) *and* AT&T LTE Wireless.  MS needs to hit the $499 price tag with the 64GB/cover and $399 for the 32GB/cover and it would be good.  I originally thought I would regret getting Windows RT (rather than an Atom/full version), but its actually very functional for everything I use it for.

How about a free touch/type cover for those of us who got an RT on launch day without a keyboard, i guess that's what you get for being an early adopter :| emotionless face

Wife won't let me buy one unless I have a great reason for business purpose. Are there any apps that let you sign (with your finger) a word or PDF file? I've used the "Sign my Pad" app from android market. Paid 5 bucks for it. But I really want to dump this zoom and get a surface. If I can find an app that let me do signatures that way.... Its all mine. (and hers for the above mentioned reason). ;)

I am waiting on Haswell and then will purchase an 8" Surface RT (no Cover) for play and a 256 GB Surface Pro for work... ;-)