Microsoft has introduced a new payment plan for its Surface devices that closely mirrors a shift in the smartphone industry. The company has announced Surface Membership, a service that gives customers the option of paying for the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and Surface 3 on a per monthly basis.
Older Surface models seem to be exempt from the Surface Membership plan, but if you are rocking one of the current generation models you are good to go. The deal also includes perks like phone support and discounts on future purchases.
This kind of monthly payment model is becoming increasingly common. Individual companies would normally leave it to retailers to come up with financing plans, but over the last year, smartphone manufacturers have created their own monthly payment systems to make up for a decline in subsidized contracts.
Still, Microsoft’s decision to introduce monthly payments for its Surface line is something of a novelty in the computing market, but the benefits to the company are clear. The Surface devices are expensive pieces of kit, allowing customers to pay for them monthly makes them that little bit more accessible to more people.
Here’s everything the Surface Membership is offering:
Phone and in-store tech support, 7 days per week
One-on-one personal training
In-store discounts on future purchases of hardware, software, and more
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The financing model is conducted through LiftForward, so customers will need to pass a credit check for approval for Surface Membership. If you are interested, Microsoft is offering payment schemes over 18, 24, or 30 months. For example, the Surface Pro 4 costs $59.99 per month over a two-year period, the Surface Book costs $89.99 per month over the same timeframe, and the Surface 4 $37.99 per month.