As Microsoft prepares to ship the Surface Pro 4 with built-in LTE, they have renamed the old Paid WIFI and Cellular app to Mobile Plans.
The app helps users get online wherever they are by letting them buy a data plan from participating WiFi hotspot or mobile network in their area.
The app smooths the way by bypassing all the registration steps needed for all the various services around the world, and there are no contracts or recurring charges. All you need to buy a plan is a Microsoft account.
The Surface Pro LTE and presumably this service itself is mainly aimed at enterprise users who travel for work, where cost is not a huge factor. For everyone else tethering a WIFI device is likely the best step.
Surface Pro LTE will be initially available in two different models, one with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and the other one with Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. The LTE version of Surface Pro will be based on Qualcomm X16 Gigabit Class LTE modem supporting up to 450 mbps and will offer almost same battery life as the current WiFi model. It will enable global connectivity with support of 20 cellular bands.
Surface Pro LTE with Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD will cost $1,149 and the one with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD will cost $1,449. Surface Pro LTE will be available to business customers for purchase in December.
The app can be seen in the store here.