January 8, 2016 11:08am EST
A new Cellular Data application hit the Windows App Store this week.
Forget fixed contracts and long-term commitments: Using only your Microsoft account, connect with (and pay for) a no-strings-attached mobile data plan on Windows 10 tablets and laptops.
Except, there are some strings. The app is designed to work only with specific Windows 10 devices, and requires the still-unconfirmed Microsoft SIM card. Plus, service is restricted to domestic plans only (international roaming coming soon) and in select markets.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
“We want to promote the adoption of cellular connectivity on Windows tablets and laptops to complement classic Wi-Fi connectivity and make it easier for consumers to connect to the Internet, anywhere, anytime,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President Eric Lockard said in a statement published by Transatel. “In just a few clicks, consumers will be able to easily buy pre-paid data plans on supported Windows 10 devices.”