Unlocked Surface 3 LTE devices now available in US

US based users can get a Surface 3 LTE unlocked from the Microsoft Store which is compatible with the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

July 24, 2015

2 Min Read
Unlocked Surface 3 LTE devices now available in US

Update: Microsoft has added the following to their blog post announcing the Surface 3 LTE devices:

"Earlier today in this blog post, we announced that Surface 3 (4G LTE) is on sale in the United States beginning today, July 24th. It seems we were little too excited and jumped the gun on U.S. availability through Microsoft stores, authorized resellers, and partner retailers. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our customers. To clarify, Surface 3 (4G LTE) is on sale through AT&T beginning today, and business customers can purchase Surface 3 (4G LTE) at T-Mobile @Work beginning July 31. However, unlocked Surface 3 (4G LTE) will be available in the U.S. through Microsoft stores, authorized resellers and partner retailers in late August."

Original post continues...

A few days ago we told you about the AT&T announcment that Microsoft's Surface 3 devices would be available on their wireless network beginning today.

Well today has arrived and not only are these LTE enabled Surface 3 devices available at AT&T but they are also now in Microsoft Stores and other Surface partner retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and Staples to name a few.

According to Brian Hall, General Manager for Microsoft Surface, these devices open up opportunities for a new group of users:

"Surface 3 brings the best of Surface Pro 3 in a compact and affordable package, and the 4G LTE version will be a great fit for a lot of people who need to stay connected beyond the reach of Wi-Fi."

What will excite some of you is that both the 64GB and 128GB versions of the Surface 3 LTE version are available unlocked from these same retailers.

Currently they are only unlocked for AT&T and T-Mobile though.

While AT&T indicated the other day that they would be offering the LTE enabled Surface 3 devices to business customers in the coming weeks, T-Mobile will begin selling these devices through their @Work channel on 31 July 2015.

This new availability of Surface 3 with LTE in the United States expands on the other countries it has been already available in including France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.

You can read more at the Surface blog.

But, wait...there's probably more so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Google+.

About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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