Microsoft Takes Inspiration from Apple, Launches Surface Upgrade Plan for Businesses

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Microsoft today launched the Microsoft Surface Membership, an upgrade plan for Surface devices that allows business customers to "get the latest Surface devices, accessories, support and training." The new plan was first spotted by Thurrott.com (via Engadget). The plan is similar to Apple's iPhone Upgrade Plan.

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The Surface Membership is available for three Surface devices with payment plans that can be spread over 18, 24 or 30 months. The Surface 3 is $32.99 per month for 30 months, $37.99 per month for 24 months, and $48.99 per month over 18 months. The Surface Pro 4 is $51.99 per month for 30 months, $58.99 per month for 24 months, and $70.99 per month for 18 months. The Surface Book is $79.99 per month for 30 months, $89.99 per month for 24 months, and $108.99 per month for 18 months.

All Microsoft Surface Memberships come with Surface accessories, which include the Surface Type Cover for the Surface 3, both the Type Cover and pen for the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Pen for the Surface Book. Members will also get phone and in-store tech support, one-on-one personal training, in-store discounts on future hardware and software and the Microsoft Complete for Business Extended Service Plan with accidental damage. Finally, users will be able to upgrade to the latest Surface devices when they launch.

Apple announced the iPhone Upgrade Plan last year alongside the iPhone 6s, allowing customers to pay a monthly fee for their devices and upgrade every year. Apple's plan is also limited to iPhones and does not include discounts for future hardware, though it does include AppleCare+. However, Apple's plan is open to all sorts of customers rather than just business users.

Microsoft isn't the first company to follow Apple's lead in device upgrade plans. Shortly after Apple announced the iPhone Upgrade Plan, Samsung began planning an upgrade plan for its Galaxy phones, officially launching the service in March 2016.

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54 months ago
Clickbait title... I really don't see the need to bash the compatition when it does something that make sense....and that was not invented by Apple....

Did Apple copy anyone when they subsidized their iPhones (or should I say iPhone devices)?
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54 months ago
Oww dear. Apple is not the first company to offer upgrade plans, but sure that headline will work much better. Everyone is copying the iPhone plan for non business ;) evil Microsoft .
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54 months ago
Offering an instalment plan for a product is copying Apple now?!?
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54 months ago


Microsoft Takes Inspiration from Apple, Launches Surface Upgrade Plan for Businesses

Nothing but inference and assertion. Where is your evidence that Microsoft took "inspiration" from Apple?

The slant in this article is quite bizzare.
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54 months ago
"inspiration"

yeah...sure... okay
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54 months ago
Great.. Always being locked in to a payment plan. Doesnt anyone know how to save for what they want and use it for a decent amount of time? Or are we all bored of our new devices after 8 minutes and need a new iPhone or tablet every year?!
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