Most people know “data-only” plans as tablet plans, as these plans are usually used to get cellular data service on a tablet. However, most carriers also allow you to connect other devices, like mobile Wi-Fi hot spots, to their data-only plans.
AT&T tablet plans
AT&T offers traditional, postpaid tablet plans as well as prepaid, no-contract plans that are available without a credit check.
- 10GB: $50 per month
- 15GB: $70 per month
You can also add data-only devices to an AT&T family plan. Tablets and hot spots are an extra $20 per month on AT&T’s unlimited plans. On the carrier’s Mobile Share Flex plans, tablets are $10 per month.
DATAConnect Pass (Prepaid)
Pay-as-you-go plans: Data on these plans expires after a certain time frame (indicated below). You can add more data at any time.
- 2GB (90 days): $25
- Unlimited (30 days): $35
Auto-renew plans: These plans automatically renew every 30 days.
- 1GB: $14.99
- Unlimited: $29.99
- 7GB: $50
How AT&T’s tablet plans compare on price
The table below compares data-only tablet plans, including postpaid and prepaid plans for some of the major carriers. The device access fee is included where applicable.
Some carriers, including Sprint, do not offer data-only plans. Others charge more for data-only plans when used to connect a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.
A few carriers allow data access for more or less time than the usual monthlong period, which we’ve indicated in the footnotes.
|2GB or less||3-5GB||6-14GB||15-30GB||Unlimited|
|* Data usable for less than one month|
† Data usable for more than one month
|AT&T||$50 (10GB)||$70 (15GB)||$29.99|
|AT&T Prepaid||$14.99 (1GB)|
|Boost Mobile||$25 (1.5GB)||$50 (10GB)|
|MetroPCS||$15 (2GB)||$25 (4GB)||$35 (6GB)|
|Straight Talk||$15 (1GB)|
|T-Mobile Prepaid||$5 (500MB)*|
|$30 (3GB)||$25 (6GB)|
|Verizon||$30 (2GB)||$40 (4GB)||$50 (6GB)|
|Verizon Prepaid||$35 (6GB)||$45 (16GB)|