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Will the Microsoft Surface be Wi-Fi only?

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Later this year – and probably this fall – Microsoft will release a tablet computer called the Surface.

We know a lot about the Surface already. For instance, we know it will have a 10.6-inch screen, a pair of cameras, and one of two versions of the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system. But we don't know what kind of antennas will be on board – and in turn, what kind of Internet connections the Surface will support. 3G? 4G?

Try Wi-Fi only – at least at first. According to Bloomberg News, which quotes two anonymous sources, the Surface will initially retail without 3G or 4G compatibility. (Bloomberg implies that Microsoft is leaving the window open for a 3G or 4G Surface down the road.) That could be a disadvantage for the Surface, a tablet intended to compete with a range of tablets, including the iPad, that sell in 4G and Wi-Fi-only versions. 

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