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Sprint Unveils No-Contract Tablet Data Plans
From $15 for 300MB to $80 for 12 GB
by Karl Bode 06:30PM Thursday Oct 25 2012
On the heels of Apple's launch of the LTE-ready iPad Mini, Sprint has unveiled new prepaid data plans for tablet customers. According to Sprint, the new tablet plans will launch on November 11 and will range from $15 for 300MB of data per month, to 12GB of data for $80 per month. The plans appear to be prices roughly the same as competitors' plans, though the caps are slightly higher. Last fall, Sprint killed off unlimited data for everyone but smartphone users. The new plans:
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•300MB for $14.99
•3GB for $34.99
•6GB for $49.99
•12GB for $79.99

If you've already got a smartphone and Sprint data plan, you can add a tablet to your existing bill and get 1GB of data for $15 per month or 100MB of data for $10 extra a month. The majority of users continue to simply use tablets over Wi-Fi, preferring the simplicity of just tethering to their smartphone should they need tablet data on the go.

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elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Useless

300 MB, then 3Gb.. Of course ignore the most likely scenario 500-1000MB, and jump all the way to 3 GB.

It would be nice for once to have these data plans priced for average consumption, not the actuary.

My tab, I use typically 500MB/month so I would have fall in that big chasm of useless (300MB) to 3 GB.

If they made it $15 for 1 GB, then we would be talking. I might even buy one, but alas they wonder why nobody wants these plans. So my corp picks up the tab. So be it.

Also, in Sprint you aren't getting LTE most likely. 3G in my hood hovers around 128kbps, so maybe 300MB would work

The $15 is decent if you are a Sprint customer, but I'm not. They should offer the same price if they want to bring in new blood. No way I'm putting my smartphone on Sprint. Verizon all the way.

atuarre
Here come the drums
Premium
join:2004-02-14
Conroe, TX

Re: Useless

said by elefante72:

300 MB, then 3Gb.. Of course ignore the most likely scenario 500-1000MB, and jump all the way to 3 GB.

It would be nice for once to have these data plans priced for average consumption, not the actuary.

My tab, I use typically 500MB/month so I would have fall in that big chasm of useless (300MB) to 3 GB.

If they made it $15 for 1 GB, then we would be talking. I might even buy one, but alas they wonder why nobody wants these plans. So my corp picks up the tab. So be it.

Also, in Sprint you aren't getting LTE most likely. 3G in my hood hovers around 128kbps, so maybe 300MB would work

The $15 is decent if you are a Sprint customer, but I'm not. They should offer the same price if they want to bring in new blood. No way I'm putting my smartphone on Sprint. Verizon all the way.

And you can get that Verizon tablet plan too!

n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY
I agree this is pretty much useless. My Sprint 3G speeds are comparable to yours (around twice 56K dialup) so going with either VZW or AT&T would be my recommendation to a person looking for service.
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iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: Useless

Then why prognosticate about Sprint's plans?

IPPlanMan
Holy Cable Modem Batman

join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
kudos:1

Not Cheaper for 3GB vs. AT&T?

Sprint
300MB for $14.99
3GB for $34.99
6GB for $49.99
12GB for $79.99

AT&T
»www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/···ans.html
DataConnect on LTE for iPad 250MB: $14.99
DataConnect on LTE for iPad 3GB: $30.00
DataConnect on LTE for iPad 5GB: $50.00
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Not Cheaper for 3GB vs. AT&T?

I can't figure that out either. I would think they would want to undercut the two companies that have bigger, better networks.
daake07

join:2011-06-28
Kearney, NE

LTE connectivity

If Sprint LTE was available anywhere this isn't a horrible option. I have gone back and forth about have CDMA/LTE connectivity on a tablet device, from what I've heard people like having the ability without having to tether their phone.

I just don't know if I can really justify the increased cost of the tablet as well as the $10 extra a month on Verizon's plan.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
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Re: LTE connectivity

The approach I've taken is to have the tablet on one carrier (VZW) and the phone on another (Sprint). If one network is significantly better than the other in an area, I can tether one to the other (I don't have tethering enabled on my Sprint account for the whole month).

As for whether LTE has been worth $129 extra upfront for my third-gen iPad, I'll go with a provisional "yes" since VZW LTE has allowed me to do work where I normally wouldn't be able to, and the ability to scale my monthly fee with data usage (with no contract) requirement has been a plus.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

fuhgeddaboudit!

nobody.. well, that is very few want to "BUY" data when they could go buffet style on wifi for about $0

pnh102
Reptiles Are Cuddly And Pretty
Premium
join:2002-05-02
Mount Airy, MD

Lame

Caps and overages.

Totally useless.

If you want Sprint's coverage at a lower price, get an unlimited plan with tethering from Virgin Mobile for $55 a month.
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openupshop

join:2000-11-25
Chandler, AZ

Slowww

No wonder it's cheap because it's only about 300k download. Super glad I ported out all of my phones. Same thing about the unlimited because their pipe is the size of a straw ha ha.
spartan002
Premium
join:2008-12-22
Brampton, ON

wow

my unlimited plan downloadaa anywhere from 650kbps to 400kbps. thats good enough for a mobile data. but these prices are a little bit ridiculous. i do 5-8gb per month.

MountainMan

@qwest.net

"Per month" ?

Why not pay-as-you-need prepaid plans, such as the Wal-mart hotspot with no expiration featured earlier today?
Most users (including myself) use wi-fi most of the time, with some occasional network use.
Seems like a better deal to get that hotspot and tether as you need (4GB for $45) than this plan, unless you're a heavy user (which is impractical right now, given Sprint's overcrowded 3G network)
My only hope is that Wal-mart strategy takes off, and gets copied. But I'm not holding my breath.