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    Can the Surface use an USB Internet Stick?

    Here's an example.
    http://www.telusmobility.com/en/AB/m...ys/index.shtml

    Can any other model of Win 8 tablet use an internet stick?

    Lack of 3G/4G has really kept me from jumping into the Win 8 Tablet venue. But using an internet stick might change the equation.
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    Don't see why not, but Telus should be able to answer that question for you. You may want to look into an internal WWAN card, once set up it's a lot slicker.

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    That's a very interesting question. The Surface RT has a rudimentary desktop so I wonder if it would recognize and install a driver for the USB internet stick. My suspicion is no and I don't know what you would be able to use to copy a driver. Maybe download it from the internet? With the Surface Pro, you might be able to share a network drive to install a driver.

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    You'd need to find one with drivers that work. My belief, from reading comments from other people, is that it may not be very easy to find one.
    One good alternative is to use a mobile hotspot, like a MiFi. I prefer that one to the stick.

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    The Surface pro I'm sure would easily accommodate, it's the Surface RT I'm most interested to know if external 3 or 4G can be set up.
    For the Surface RT we would need drivers written specifically for the start screens modern UI interface. [I would think]

    I think the biggest reason for MS not including 3 or 4G in the RT is the tiled modern UI "always on" feature.
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    Clint, I don't think the drivers need to be written specifically for the Modern UI interface as RT does have a rudimentary desktop. Since it has a USB port, it must have some drivers available, especially for memory sticks. According to Ed Bott (http://www.zdnet.com/hands-on-with-w...ly-7000003589/) :
    If you dig a bit deeper, you’ll find other familiar Windows desktop apps and utilities: Notepad and Paint, the full Administrative Tools set (including Device Manager), and a Control Panel that is indistinguishable from its Windows 8 counterpart.
    Given that, it wouldn't surprise me that you could install a desktop USB driver in Surface RT including the internet stick but it would be interseting to see someone try it.

    Jerry

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