By Stephen Schenck | October 25, 2012 11:36 AM
Mobile data on tablets can be a tough sell. While cellular plans can get quite expensive on our smartphones, we carry those with us most everywhere, letting us at least feel like we’re taking full advantage of the service we’re paying for. Tablets don’t necessarily travel with us as closely, so it might feel like a bit of a waste paying for a full cellular data plan. Luckily, Sprint has a couple new tablet plans on the way that are so affordable, they might convince quite a few users who had been on the fence to finally switch to a cellular-capable tablet.
These new plans, supposedly going into effect on November 11, offer either 100MB or 1GB of data a month, for $10 and $15, respectively. That may not seem like enough, but think about the statistics we looked at last month; those showed that most smartphone users hovered at right under 1GB of data a month over cellular connections, with the rest going over WiFi. Sure, usage patterns differ between smartphones and tablets, but chances are that a lot of users could get by perfectly well on a 1GB plan.
Even the 100MB option doesn’t sound so crazy. That could be perfect for users who largely use their tablets over WiFi and just want a backup plan so they can occasionally check email or directions when out on the go. For only $10 a month, this option could make a lot of sense.
To sweeten the deal even more, both of these plans will be offered without any activation fees. All we need now are some tablets supporting Sprint’s bands.
Update: Unfortunately, it looks like these rates will only be available to subscribers who already have a phone with Sprint.