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Will the Microsoft Surface have 3G/4G?

Will the Microsoft Surface have 3G/4G?

Most Useful Answer shantie  Nov. 1, 2012 at 14:37

I use Wi-Fi with my new surface at home. What is the best dongle to use when using surface elsewhere?

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blizzard7  Aug. 15, 2012 at 15:12

WiFi only, but you'll be able to use a dongle with the USB port.

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 15:28

Wonder if we might start to see smaller dongles, or just different shapes so they don't stick out so much

blizzard7  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:47

Wonder if we might start to see smaller dongles, or just different shapes so they don't stick out so much

Yeah that would be great! Even more so when you consider a dongle is far cheaper than the £100 premium Apple and Samsung demand for their 3G tablets.

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:54

And would be upgradable for a 4G dongle when it's available..

blizzard7  Aug. 15, 2012 at 21:01

And would be upgradable for a 4G dongle when it's available..

Good point! Still though, it's nice to have it built-in, but the price and the upgradability of a dongle form a nice counter.

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 23:34

If they make dongles better it could be less of an issue than having that stick thrusting out but should still have the potential to get better reception than built in option.

Tirigger  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:49

Im a novice to tech, will the dongle help when there's no wifi available

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:16

Yes, well if there is a sim card (and a data contract/pay&go top up) in it. Oh and if in an area with reception on that network.

shantie  Nov. 1, 2012 at 14:37

I use Wi-Fi with my new surface at home. What is the best dongle to use when using surface elsewhere?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2012 at 16:12

a mifi... I'm getting much better speeds and signal than with USB dongles. disadvantage: batterylife isn't that great.

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 16:37

Also look out for wifi hotspots depending on your broadband supplier could have access to some

satchef1  Nov. 1, 2012 at 20:26

I wonder if they could use nano sims to create really small dongles with a port for a detachable antenna? That would rule. I don't mind having things poking out, as long as they aren't sticking directly out of the side.

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 21:52

Well the sim doesn't take up much of the space in a normal dongle..

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 2, 2012 at 07:17

archos tabs have the space for the dongle to disappear in. that could be refined, for sure.

satchef has a point: a portable device and a shaky dongle sticking out from a valuable usb port is not the greatest design choice for longevity.

Pondlife  Nov. 2, 2012 at 12:19

True but as the surface doesn't and I can't imagine anyone cutting one out of the casing..

Yeah I said above they should look to make shaped ones for tablets, envisaging something like the adaptor Asus was forced to make for gps on that tablet where it didn't well.

In honesty the shaky dongle isn't even a good design for laptops, think it's contributed to one of the ports on netbook being a bit flaky..

LynnCampbell1  Dec. 5, 2012 at 19:28

Just bought a surface and when I plugged in my Orange Internet Everywhere Dongle in, Message said "does not support this app". Is there any way I can download it like on my laptop?

Pondlife  Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:57

Hmm looking like we overestimated ms and that they haven't built in dongle support. Surface RT just keeps getting better and better. So only option seems to be a mifi or similar I think tmobile ones are known as pointers have been on hukd a few times on offer.
O2 said to be looking into dongle support but that's all I could find.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 6, 2012 at 14:05

Lynn, what dongle is it? Huawei have their own download page for the necessary software. Nevermind Orange...

Pondlife  Dec. 6, 2012 at 14:48

Lynn, what dongle is it? Huawei have their own download page for the necessary software. Nevermind Orange...

For RT?

barrybarryk  Dec. 6, 2012 at 23:17

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/winrt/CompatCenter/Home

The compatibility pages don't seem to have any USB 3G/4G modems working with RT yet (that I can see). I remember hearing that there would be some that would work, but I've no idea if they ever materialised. The MiFi / mobile wireless routers work though.

The surface Pro won't launch with an internal 3G/4G option either, but at least with the pro you'll have no problems with a USB dongle.

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