Surface Pro Coming Feb. 9; Firefox OS Developer Phones; AT&T’s Alltel Deal

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Topping tech headlines on Tuesday was Microsoft’s announcement that the Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro, or Surface Pro, will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Feb. 9.

The 64GB version will cost $899, while the larger 128GB will be $999. Redmond also tipped a 64GB version of the Surface with Windows RT ($599) which doesn’t come with a Touch Cover, as well as new limited-edition Touch Covers ($129), and a Surface-specific version of the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse ($69.95).

In other news, Mozilla unveiled two new developer preview phones that feature the browser maker’s Firefox OS. Dubbed Keon and Peak, the phones are being developed by Spanish manufacturer GeeksPhone, in partnership with Telefonica. The devices, Mozilla said, will help make the mobile Web more accessible to more people. Mozilla’s Keon is a 3.5-inch touch screen smartphone, whereas the slightly larger Peak stands at 4.3 inches. The phones will be available in February, though no pricing information was released.

Meanwhile, AT&T bought the U.S. retail wireless operations of Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. (Alltel), including wireless properties, licenses, network assets, retail stores, and about 585,000 subscribers. Through the new deal, the service provider will nab spectrum in the 700 MHz, 850 MHz, and 1900 MHz bands — likely a big draw as the company continues to build out its 4G LTE network. If the deal is approved by the FCC and Justice Department, AT&T expects it to close in the second half of 2013.

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By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag


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