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Surface 2 with LTE arrives at Microsoft Stores for impending launch

Build 2014 is right around the corner, and we’re expecting a few big announcements from Microsoft during that three day event. While Windows Phone 8.1 is anticipated to be unveiled, we have also been hearing about a Surface 2 with LTE. Announced last year during a Reddit AMA, a recent FCC filing suggests that the device is close to being released.

Windows Phone Central has now learned that Surface 2’s with LTE for AT&T have now started shipping to select Microsoft Stores to build up inventory.

Photos of the device, including the box that reads “AT&T Network Ready” have been sent our way, though we have been asked to not post them due to the sensitive nature of the material.

We’re digging to find more information, including pricing and exact availability, but with Stores taking stock, a release date shouldn’t be too far off. No word of frequent Microsoft partner Verizon will have a version available. Interestingly, AT&T will have two Windows 8 RT devices with LTE, including the Nokia Lumia 2520.

Will you pick up a Surface 2 with LTE? 

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jimmy1one says:

Nope I have a 2520

EzraWard says:

Haha, I have the same thing, a 2520 and a 920 as my phone. The only reason I now want a Surface 2 and a Lumia Icon is the article posted here several days ago. Those two together really look excellent and almost as if they are from the same family.

bjax says:

But don't the 2520 and 920 look like they're from the same family too? Especially if you have both in red.

Mine are red (L2520) and black (L920) :-) but with the black keyboard they go together fine

bjax says:

I have both in red and (impatiently) waiting to get my hands on a red keyboard.

EzraWard says:

I have the black ones. Yeah, I bet the red ones look even more like they are from the exact same family.

bjax says:

They really do. If I could just get the red keyboard, it would complete the circle. I honestly like the 2520 so much, I could see hanging onto it for at least a couple years even in the face of newer, better tablets...especially if the WP and Windows RT markets converge.

TechFreak1 says:

I was hoping to pick up a white 2520.. To go with my white Lumia 920. Oh well, I hope this Surface 2 version supports the surface pen -).

txDrum says:

It definitely will not support the Surface Pen. That requires much more than what will effectively be a surface 2 with a radio tacked on. (sorry! :p)

OMG55 says:

I have 3 2520's and still don't have my free power keyboards....man am I glad my personal items are on ATT

jdandison says:

Really hope they sell them unlocked.

sd173 says:

Now they just need to make a Surface Pro with LTE.

Man I'd be all over that!

I might get that depending on price

TechFreak1 says:

+2520, some oems have that an as a really expensive add-on..

BURNNER says:

AT&T (sign) This is getting old

They need to offer this to all carriers. This AT&T exclusive junk is played out.

txDrum says:

You do realize this isn't... Nevermind

Aaron M says:

Fail to launch on T-Mobile, which has the only free tier option for LTE tablets, and instead launch on ATT that already has a win rt tablet. Great move MS. This reminds me of the brilliant strategy of launching almost every single WP7 phone on ATT exclusively. Eh, maybe it will be usable on tmobiles network...?

Going to go out on a limb here and suggest T-Mobile is complicit here as well. If they wanted the Surface 2 and will promote it, I'm sure Microsoft would offer it to them. But you can't really put T-Mobile on a pedestal as some huge Windows Phone/Windows 8 supporter, can you?

While it's fair to not like AT&T, it can't be denied that since Windows Phone 7 they have been the biggest champions of the platform, even when they do stupid stuff like remove Qi.

bjax says:

All of this!

John20212 says:

How about blocking Data Sense, screw ATT until they stop this BS.

There should at least be an option on unlocked fully paid ATT branded devices to add these blocked features back when you leave with your fully paid for device for a better carrier.

 

Once again, you're confusing specific criticisms (which may or may not interest people) with the overall story. AT&T has been a better partner for Microsoft than T-Mobile has, even when they do boneheaded things. Same with Sprint. 

While I enjoy T-Mobile's service, I can't say they're exactly boosting Microsoft, or giving them any kind of special treatment. Or even interest.

cspkcats says:

They're nowhere close to getting any special treatment from T-Mobile. t-mobile only cares about iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Same with Sprint and Verizon, except that Verizon is big enough to have one finger in the WP pie from time to time.

If we could get Verizon to (really) champion Windows Phones like at&t has it might actually make it to 15% market share in 2015

TechyMexican says:

if it has the 1700Mhz band for 3G and band 4 LTE so i can use it on t-mobile, then yes i will.

bc3tech says:

Now for the Pro....

kurtd says:

I've been waiting for this for 6 months now. I'll be ordering one.

Ed Boland says:

I'm happy with my WIFI only Surface 2. Well, I'm happy because I won it free and clear in the Vine remix project contest one, but two, I'm happy with it with WIFI only... as I simply share my Nokia 1020's LTE connection with it and it works flawlessly. Why would I want (or why would anyone) want ANOTHER data plan on another device? Idk... My AT&T shared 10GB plan is plenty for the little I use my Surface away from my home WIFI.

micallan_17 says:

Maybe people who have a job and travel a lot would find it welcoming?

Binson#WP says:

For the sake of my own knowledge, can you please explain how that makes a difference? Does your company require you to use a certain sim card on your Tablet and a different sim card on your cell? Or, is it just the phone they give you does not support internet sharing?

I work remotely using my Surface 2 tethered to my 1020 when necessary and it's been great. So, I would like to see it from the perspective of others who are clamoring for LTE on their tablets. Thanks!

RyanAMG says:

I need to be online and a phone call at the same time. I can't speak for ATT but on Verizon its one or the other so having onboard would be nice for some. For me the jet pack works great and I can let others on if I like.

Binson#WP says:

I see. I wasn't aware this was an issue but after doing some light research, it does look like some people are experiencing this. They seem to be on older/low spec devices though so perhaps it has to do more with the device limitations than the network? Thanks!

Jesse Pelayo says:

I will have to try this when I get home but I'm pretty sure you can be on a phone call and still tether your device at the same time on the Share Everything Plan on Verizon

https://community.verizonwireless.com/thread/803231

 

RyanAMG says:

Just tested and it does work. When I got my 928 it didn't work so I got the jet pack. Verizon must have made changes to the backend or one of the updates fixed it.

Binson#WP says:

That's awesome :) So, you no longer need to use the Jet Pack or get an LTE tablet :)

RyanAMG says:

Save myself $15 a month. Maybe I'll use that to get the upgrade for the Icon :)

Binson#WP says:

Very nice! Glad to hear.

ymcpa says:

This was an issue before. When Verizon switched to LTE, this wasn't an issue anymore. It might still be a problem in areas where there is no LTE coverage.

Don't u have to pay extra for tethering on att?

bellyer says:

Tethering is included if you have a Mobile Share Plan through AT&T.  The Mobile Share Plans really do work out quite well and free tethering makes it even better.  My wife and I have 10 GB a month with unlimited calling and texting on our Lumia 1020 and 920, respectively, and plenty of data available to tether our Surfaces or laptops when we don't have wi-fi available.

NIST says:

Same here. Tethering works for my 1020 and Surface Pro. Just remember not to download any system or app updates.

RyanAMG says:

I think W8 has a setting to not update on metered internet connections

SwimSwim says:

Same here. SP2 + tether to my 1020, it's an awesome combo!

And so long as you have the connection set as "metered," then Windows 8 is smart enough to know to cut back on data usage in areas not critical.

Awesome, that's good to know, I was considering getting on that plan.

Chris_Kez says:

Not buying unless AT&T has some kind of special long-term deal for service at a reasonable rate. Data prices are just ridiculous.

Cobbakazi says:

You get a $200 bill credit if you activate your own tablet right now and its only $10 a month to share your data with it. Sounds great to me.

Chris_Kez says:

I'm afraid I'm on a grandfathered family plan, not the new share data plan. Switching would push me from $160 to $200

ymcpa says:

I have 10gb and 4 phones on AT&T for $160. What plan do you have that would push it to $200. Do you have more devices?

davo_svk says:

What about Europe ?

Ed Boland says:

I'm curious though, as to any upgraded specs on this device. Same quad core Tegra and all??

Silent Rage says:

Is the SoC still Tegra 4, but with the addition of a seperate LTE modem or a different one used for this particular model?

Aashish13 says:

I love surface 2 please come to India

MrDaedra says:

Yea, and Russia too

MrDaedra says:

You are a victim of cold war.

borasar says:

Gerard, what are you trying to accomplish by bringing up political issues on a tech blog? I'm sure there are plenty of articles on the net about this topic where you can voice your opinion on Russia, why try to create flame wars and taking the comments sections so far off topic?

The question was: when Russia. Well, we don't no what de US will decide. Sure thats a politcal question, but the results may be that Russia will not receive. So, no one can answer when Russia will, do we? We simply don't know.

Rem97 says:

This is great! What I'd like to see though, is a Surface mini. Any word on that?

Surface mini with a baytrail atom and full windows 8.1 ;-)

John20212 says:

A tablet locked to a specific carrier is useless; how about selling Surface 2 LTE unlocked with ALL LTE band compatibility and also compatibility with all 3G frequencies worldwide.

If Microsoft sold an unlocked globally compatible version I would be interested, but a locked down carrier branded device they can shove up Nadellas ass.

 

Chris_Kez says:

Carrier-locked is only useless on other carriers; still quite useful on WiFi or the parent carrier.

QQ moar, they obviously aren't marketing it to you. You it was just a slip-up that it only works on one carrier?

BKT3 says:

Buy one from the Belgium market. They are required by law to sell products not locked to any particular providers. They also just passed a law that hardware manufacturers can't intentionally handicap frequencies available to the device to give any provider an advantage. Not in effect yet but it's coming, which is important, since Apple's chosen partner only offers 3G and they have disabled 4G/LTE on all iPhones in Belgium even though competing providers have it. Consumer rights and protection at it's finest.

infosage says:

I'll wait for the Verizon version with the QI charging capability.

kiddj55 says:

No T-Mobile!?

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procen says:

Don't expect anything when it comes to T-Mobile.

I'm really happy with my 2520.

gawicks says:

why can't they switch to Atom.. I'd buy it in a heart beat

You do understand that Windows RT, the one they now have the 4G version of, is on a platform that doesn't support x86, right?

gawicks says:

That's what I meant. Switch to full windows instead of Windows on ARM

Errr ... no.

There are no advantages to doing that, at least not for Microsoft. Sure, there might be some sales that there weren't before. But those would likely either be taking a sale from their Surface RT or their Pro. They're not likely to get any new sales just because of atom, or at least not many.

Atom is only slightly faster than ARM sometimes, so there isn't even a performance gap. So we'd have two x86 tablets, one of which is really good while the other is slightly better than the ARM one in terms of power. It isn't even like the Atom tablets are providing loads better battery life than their ARM equivelant.

gawicks says:

You missed the point entirely. The point of Atom is to run x86 apps ,not for performance or for batery life (which are also great in it btw) . Surface is the only product of its kind if you don't count the 2520 ,It's a confusing when we start to compare it to other windows tablets. Microsoft should rethink their stratergy here as ARM has no advantages over x86 as it stands now. It just adds to the confusion.

As for taking marketshare from Surface Pro Um.. I don't think so . Surface pro is targetted at professionals . An Atom tablet isn't going to take away that market. If anything an Atom surface would take away sales from iPads . So it makes sense for Microsoft to do this.

No advantages? I have said to people, again and again, that there are plenty of advantages to having ARM. One of the biggest ones is that it will help more with the app solution in the long run.

And no, running x86 apps won't be the same. The type of people getting a Surface RT (or Surface 2) are the types who basically are going to stay in the Metro UI all the time. There's no advantage to using x86 apps if you're not going to the desktop.

NINJA PLZ says:

Dang I bought Monster DNA Headphones instead... Still like the headphones tho so oh well.

Joel S79 says:

I'm debating between this and the 2520 as a screw around device, and something I can use outside of work. Needs to be on Verizon...

I have the 2520 and I use it in my office daily, I was absolutely thrilled to be able to ditch my iPad and get something with LTE built in and it cost much less than a new iPad with LTE - still considering the surface in the back of my mind

3rase says:

We need 16:10-tablets.

BryanLM says:

I will definitely be picking this up. For me, its better than the Nokia because it has full USB and I like the detachable keyboard for surface better than nokias. I can't wait!

mad_siberian says:

C'mon, Microsoft... When they plan to launch it in Russia?! Never?

Probably. Russia's still a big market for low- and mid-cost tablets/phones and Android celebrates it with hige slice of marketshare pie... Sometime I don't understand what are they thinking about in HQs

As soon as they leave the Krim.

mad_siberian says:

Wrong forum, mister

Perhaps. Let's wait what the US will decide.

Denegar says:

If they sell carrier unlocked ones directly from their online store, I will get one. #CanadaGetsNoLove

Would've done better if it was released with the original S2...

Don't need LTE, but I welcome it for people who want it

NFLPLAYBOOK says:

Nope. I'm waiting to see what they release in the 8" range. I love everything about the Surface Pro 2 except the size. If I could got away with carry it around I would have already bought one.

DJCBS says:

Nop, I won't. Not buying a surface ever again after the problems mine have given me. I will buy a Nokia L2520 instead...once Nokia puts the damn thing on sale in Europe...

txDrum says:

Anecdotal evidence is wonderful eh? I love my original SP.

Not that you accused all surfaces of sucking, but I think you have before.

DJCBS says:

You're wrong. I didn't said that. And I've said before I like the design of the Surface. However, I've had nothing but problems with my SurfaceS (plural) RT. From suddenly dead ones to Microsoft updates that f*ck up the keyboards functionallity it has been nothing but nightmares. Something I'm not accustomed to from other brands and am not accustomed from Microsoft on the software side.

I gave Microsoft new hardware a chance (and I say "new" because my mouse, keyboard and webcam are ALL from Microsoft. Though the last webcam from them also gave me nightmares) and they failed the test. So I'm never buying from them again. Simple. There are other brands on the market.

aitt says:

Do you have a woman? If that woman defected would you blame all woman as being defected and never have a woman again. I mean damn you whine waaay to much

borasar says:

Defect as a verb doesn't mean what you think it means. Also that whole example is just wild!

DJCBS says:

I read your comment to my girlfriend. I'll quote her to answer you: "Did that guy compared a woman to an object?"

 

I think I will not add anything else.

borasar says:

Out of curiousity what problems did you have with yours?

DJCBS says:

This all took place between last Christmas and New Year: my first Surface RT 64GB died suddenly after only 6 months. Then when I bought another 32GB one because Microsoft would take forever to replace mine (because I'm in Europe and Microsoft's assistance here sucks. To have something replaced I have to pack it, call UPS, have them collect it, sent to the Netherlands, then wait for them to send me another one from there and wait for it to arrive) and I needed a tablet to put the Nokia L1020 pictures into otherwise I wouldn't have space in the phone. That 32GB version also had to be replaced because the microSD reader wasn't working properly.

Then my new 64GB version finally arrives, and the keyboards stopped working properly. Namely, the type cover 1 stopped working (I had bought a type cover 2 in September). I did all that was advised in the Surface support page, nothing. The keyboard had to be replaced too. Then the new 32GB arrives. Type Cover 2 always working. The new type cover 1 arrived. Still not working. I had to completely uninstall Windows RT from the 64GB RT and install everything again because, apparently, the problem wasn't the keyboard itself but an update that Microsoft released for the RT that made the type covers 1 stopped working properly (mouse worked, keyboard didn't).

After all this, I think I have more than reasons to don't wish to buy a Surface ever again. Not until Microsoft is able to win me back and prove me that they considerably improved their hardware quality.

borasar says:

Damn that sucks man, so you have 2 of them that don't work or you were eventually able to get a warranty fix?

Overall I don't think its only MS. I think vanilla versions of pretty much everything tend to have issues. For example I got NL920 as soon as it was released. Had to send it back and get a new one from my carrier cause the housing was popping and creaking. Got a second one and had to send it back again cause the battery was not working well. Then got a 3rd one that was overall ok, but has dust in the ffc. Overall I'd say the problems were not as bad as the problems wiht your Surfaces (except the 2nd one with the battery), but I've also read a bunch of cases here where people had struggled with both 920 and 1020 sending numerous ones back. That the risk we take being early adopters. But I agree that shouldn't happen, these guys really need to figure out everything before they ship, both MS and Nokia. 

 

Binson#WP says:

For future reference, you can have them send a replacement, then send them back the broken one once you receive the new one. They will put a hold on your credit card for the price of a new device until they receive the old one, which sounds reasonable to me.

rysliv says:

Need LTE on the SP2 (Surface Pro 2)

SwimSwim says:

While that'd be nice, that'd drive the already sky high price up even more. Especially when it's so easy to simply tether to your phone.

But if people want it, just make it an optional feature. People who need it can dish out the extra $$$, while others can simply hop between WiFi hotspots and/or tether to their phones.

Drehood says:

I have a Lumia 2520 and love it but if I didn't, I'd seriously consider this.

ej1024 says:

Oh yes, I have been waiting for this.. I'm adding this to my mobile share plan for sure..

marlasota says:

I am going to hold off until MSFT release Surface Pro with LTE.

It's a pre-order. 200 US dollar, US only. No backlight, no thanks. 80 dollar for more power? No thanks again, but it will sell.

aitt says:

Everyone picky about something. Some will welcome the power as we've had enough people anticipating this. Who knows they might make two version. I would say I'd agree but no light up on my 2520 power keyboard has me not even caring, even though I initially wished it did.

neonspark says:

oh nice. but too pricy.

mango.lover says:

I think the word you're looking for is INfrequent Microsoft customer Verizon.

Nope, I simply tether to my phone. Works great.

neonspark says:

MSFT: hey let's make surface pro for business and pro users who are road warriors and want to work all the time.But let's not give them LTE and instead do that for the surface 2 consumer oriented version from which we know there is no demand....

And this is why MSFT just doesn't get it.

seeing as its too little to late for the 2520 to come to canadian carriers surface 2 lte is more likely given its sleek design & microsofts strong support for surface rt/surface 2 software update wise

a7medo778 says:

1 question guys

if tethered from a mobile to the surface, can it handle lte speeds ? up to 71mb ?

I was an early proponent of RT and bought the original Surface, but then bought an x86-based Dell Venue 8 Pro. My mind was blown. Things that were struggle on RT, like de-archiving things, was suddenly as easy as pie. I hate to say it, as I want RT to succeed, but I am now leaning towards x86 tablets In the future.