Sprint, starting November 11th, will be launching a slew of new tablet data plans - and some of them actually don't sound that bad, if you're a current Sprint smartphone subscriber. Here are the plans, for both 3G and 4G LTE tablets:

  • With Sprint Smartphone Plan
    • 100MB: $10/month
    • 1GB: $15/month
  • Without
    • 300MB: $15/month
    • 3GB: $35/month
    • 6GB: $50/month
    • 12GB: $80/month

If you're a Sprint subscriber, $15 a month for a commitment-free 1GB tablet plan isn't bad. Of course, LTE tablets aren't much use on Sprint's network yet, considering there isn't much in the way of coverage. But if you need a way to connect and don't want to tether (for whatever reason), Sprint 3G is still probably good enough for email and some light web browsing.

The issue, of course, is that you'll need a Sprint-ready tablet with a mobile data connection, and pickings are on the slim side. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, iPad, and iPad Mini are the only currently-announced Sprint LTE tablets, and none of them are available yet. Though if you do buy one soon, they'll wave the activation fee as part of a limited time offer. Anyways, the new tablet plans are here - what do you think, still pretty useless as long as you know tethering exists?

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    Amazing how high those prices are

  • Nakuma Scott

    Is this a preface for release of Nexus 7 with LTE?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sirmacc82 DeeCee Brown

    i don't know why people would pay for this. just get pdanet or foxfi and use it for free. don't waste money to many ways to just use the data on your phone.

    • Eye4Detail

      It's for iPhone users. They don't have the benefits we do.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    The w/smartphone plans are fairly practical.

    The w/o smartphone plans aren't that bad if not for 3 things:
    a) Sprint's coverage areas are inferior to AT&T/Verizon and don't really cover areas that they don't.
    b) Sprint's LTE rollout is so substantially far behind AT&T/Verizon.
    c) Requires a Sprint tablet :(

    I could see having this if your main provider had some dead zones or a poor data speeds in some areas, you know, like Sprint does. I've found a few situations where I might have wanted access to a second/alternate carrier. The problem is, I never would have had a Sprint tablet and none of the times has Sprint ever had better coverage or data.

  • Chris Webster

    I imagine this is in anticipation of the 3G (and maybe hopefully LTE) Nexus 7 and whatever else Google is cooking up in the tablet department

  • cy_n_ic

    Im good with wifi only on my tablet since it never leaves the house. Plus i couldnt bring myself to pay for data when its easily available for no cost

  • Freak4Dell

    "Of course, LTE tablets aren't much use on Sprint's network yet, considering there isn't much in the way of coverage."

    And neither are 3G tablets, considering there isn't much in the way of speed.

    "Sprint 3G is still probably good enough for email and some light web browsing."

    Sure, if you like emails coming in hours late and having to hit refresh 17 times to get a page to load properly.

  • Geoff Johnson

    I'm one of the users who would just tether my smartphone, but for this is good for those who don't know how to tether for free, don't want to drain their phones battery, or want to use their tablet independently of their phone.

    • fixxmyhead

      aka the suckers. seriously if ur worried about the battery draining u can buy some knockoff ones on ebay w/ the charger for 10$ thats what i did for my s2. no problems whatsoever with the fake batteries