Sprint Announces Four New 4G LTE Tablet Data Plans
Sprint unveiled four new tablet 4G LTE data plans Wednesday, claiming the plans offer 20% more data than AT&T or Verizon at the same price points.
The new plans will be available starting November 11 and start at a paltry $14.99 for 300MB of data. Plans increase to 3GB ($34.99/month), 6GB ($49.99/month), and 12GB ($79.99/month). Sprint claims they company will waive the activation fee for all 3G/4G LTE tablets for a limited time as well.
Sadly Sprint does not have an unlimited data option, which appears to be relegated to smartphones. The lack of an unlimited plan does seem odd, albeit "fiscally" responsible as data hungry users will chew through even the 12GB of data rather quickly. Streaming movies, music, downloading games, and utilizing the data intense activities of a tablet require more bandwidth. However, this bandwidth is most likely provided via Wi-Fi connection especially in a users home.
AT&T's tablet plans start at 2GB for $30/month, 5GB for $50/month, and 10GB for $80/month. Verizon's tablet plans are extremely limited with only 3GB ($30/month) and 5GB ($50/month) options available.
Stepping back and looking at these plans is most likely painful for consumers, especially those used to the spoils of unlimited data.