You can buy a Surface 3 with LTE for no extra cost*

*If you sign a two-year AT&T contract, of course

Update: Microsoft announced that the unlocked Surface 3 with LTE is also available at the Microsoft Store July 24. Microsoft will have T-Mobile and AT&T SIM cards at their retail locations to connect customers. In addition to AT&T, T-Mobile will also begin selling the Surface 3 with LTE starting July 31 to business customers.

Original story below:

While we knew an LTE version of Microsoft's Surface 3 was headed our way, AT&T has today announced that it will be the first to have the speedier model available starting this Friday, July 24.

The new model is identical to the Surface 3, touting the same Intel Atom processor, 10.8-inch 1920x1280 pixel display and a full-size 3.0 USB port - except, of course, it'll have faster LTE 4G internet data connectivity

However, while the Surface 3 comes in both 64GB and 128GB storage configurations, the new LTE model will only be available with 64GB of internal storage.

AT&T's deal

The Surface 3 with LTE will be priced at $599.99 outright through AT&T, which will be the first to have the LTE model starting this Friday.

AT&T is also giving you the LTE model for $499.99, which at about the same price you can pick you the Surface 3 without LTE, which is priced at $499 - the caveat is that you'll need to sign up for a two-year contract.

The carrier also has a special promotion right now as well, offering the new Surface 3 model for $399.99 if you purchase any Lumia smartphone through AT&T's Next program.

The Surface 3 with LTE will come with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, but you'll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 next week, once it's available on July 29.