AT&T Wireless announced today that it will be the first wireless carrier in the United States to offer Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet with 4G LTE capabilities. The device goes on sale Friday, July 24.
Pricing is … complicated. Which is why we love the carriers so much.
Based on AT&T’s blog post, it looks like your options break down like so:
AT&T Tablet Installment plan. You can buy Surface 3 4G LTE for “$0 down and $30 per month with an AT&T Tablet Installment plan,” the carrier says. This requires a 20-month 0% APR installment agreement and “well-qualified credit,” with the full tax payment due at sale. That service plan is required, by the way, and you have to pay it off if you cancel early.
Surface 3 for $399.99 with any Lumia smartphone purchased on AT&T Next. You “must buy Windows smartphone on AT&T Next (an installment plane) and Surface 3 on a two year agreement, AT&T says, and must activate wireless service on both.
Coming soon: Commercial version of Surface 3. In the coming weeks, AT&T will offer “a commercial version of the Surface 3” to business customers. No pricing is available.
What’s not clear is what configuration(s) they’re offering. I assume they are offering both currently available options, which should be a 2 GB/64 GB unit that should retail for $599 and a 4 GB/128 GB unit for $699. Whatever the price, you don’t get a Type Cover or Surface Pen: both are sold separately.
Frankly, this all looks pretty onerous to me. I’d rather just buy the device outright and pick up data as needed separately.
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