Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ted Wilson

Microsoft Puts Surface in Reach with New Financing Options

Microsoft Puts Surface in Reach with New Financing Options

For example, the cheapest Surface Pro with a price tag of $799 can be paid off at $33.29 per month for 24 months, which is a lot lighter on the pocket. Microsoft's new Surface Plus plan acts sort of like a plan you might expect from a phone carrier, letting you pay off your machine over 24 months and trading in every 18 months.

Microsoft wants to make it easier for customers to own and upgrade a Surface device.

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The Surface Plus for Business plan is managed by LiftForward, "a leading software provider and licensed online lender to small and medium size businesses", according to Microsoft's FAQ. Similar to a phone contract, the 24-month payment plan comes with 0 per cent April for the first two years, rising to 19.99 per cent afterwards.

"The latest devices: Previously unavailable, customers can now finance a 55" Surface Hub in addition to the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, and Surface Studio to unlock the power of the group in their businesses. It's a simple plan to enable customers to jump on the hardware that Microsoft has so meticulously created. The Surface Laptop launched two weeks before the quarter ended, minimizing the impact on the company's quarterly results. As Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet notes, it isn't at all clear how Surface Plus for Business compares to - or works with - last year's Surface as a Service business leasing program.

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The Surface Plus plan also includes dedicated service and support, and a free year of in-store support and technical assistance. Upgrades can be made after 18 months in the consumer plan, and users will be offered service and support from Microsoft stores, with the options to opt-in to the Microsoft Complete extended service plan.

It's unclear how much money people will save through the upgrade because it depends on the kind of Surface device involved. Better still for the fans, you are eligible to upgrade to a new device after 18 months. It offers more flexibility on the length of contracts, with the ability to choose between 18-, 24-, or 30-month periods.

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For more information about Microsoft's full suite of offerings and deals for students and teachers, check out this blog post.

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