T-Mobile lets you connect your tablet or mobile hot spot to its 4G LTE network via its T-Mobile One unlimited plan or select prepaid plans.
T-Mobile tablet plans
Connect your tablet to T-Mobile’s network in two ways: add it to your existing plan or purchase a prepaid data-only package.
Add a Tablet
You can add a tablet or hot spot to a T-Mobile One family plan for $25 on top of your monthly plan fee, which starts at $75 for one line. This price includes taxes and fees, but taxes and fees for add-ons such as insurance or device payments are extra. T-Mobile offers a $5 per month, per device discount if you sign up for automatic payments.
Video streaming on T-Mobile One is limited to standard definition, and tethering — connecting your tablet to another device to share the data connection — is at 3G speeds. Want high definition video? You can purchase an HD day pass for $3 or upgrade your device to T-Mobile One Plus for an additional $15 per month. Or opt for T-Mobile One Plus International, which includes unlimited HD video and unlimited tethering at 4G speeds for an extra $25 on top of your monthly device charge.
Prepaid plans require no commitment or credit check and let you purchase daily, weekly or monthly data packages. These plans include unlimited music streaming via select services and unlimited 2G data, which kicks in after you use up your high-speed data allotment. Simple Choice North America plans automatically renew every 30 days; passes don’t.
simple choice north america
- 2GB: $20
- 6GB: $35
- 10GB: $50
- 14GB: $65
- 18GB: $80
- 22GB: $95
- 500MB (1-day pass): $5
- 1GB (7-day pass): $10
- 3GB (30-day pass): $30
How T-Mobile’s tablet plans compare on price
T-Mobile One isn’t competitive with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T’s options when it comes to tablet plans. The other carriers offer more choices at lower price points. If you’re already a T-Mobile One customer, though, adding a tablet to your existing plan is a good value.
Prepaid-only carriers, however, have a hard time beating T-Mobile’s tablet plan prices. MetroPCS is the exception, and it’s owned by T-Mobile and uses the carrier’s network.
The table below compares postpaid and prepaid tablet plans from the four major carriers, as well as tablet plans from prepaid-only carriers such as Virgin Mobile and Straight Talk Wireless. Keep in mind that some carriers’ data-only plans for mobile Wi-Fi hot spots are more expensive.
Some prepaid carriers allow data access for more or less time than the usual monthlong period, which we’ve indicated in the footnotes.
|1GB or less||1.5-3GB||4-5GB||6-7GB||8-9GB||10GB|
|* Data usable for less than one month
† Data usable for more than one month
|AT&T||$14.99 (250MB)||$30 (3GB)||$50 (5GB)|
|AT&T GoPhone||$25 (2GB)||$50 (5GB)||$75 (8GB)|
|Boost Mobile||$25 (1.5GB)||$50 (10GB)|
|MetroPCS||$15 (2GB)||$25 (4GB)||$35 (6GB)|
|$30 (2.5GB)||$50 (5GB)†|
|Straight Talk||$15 (1GB)||$25 (2GB)||$40 (4GB)†|
|T-Mobile Prepaid||$5 (500MB)*|
|$35 (6GB)||$50 (10GB)|
|Verizon||$30 (2GB)||$40 (4GB)||$50 (6GB)||$60 (8GB)||$70 (10GB)|
|Verizon Prepaid||$15 (500MB)*|
|$35 (2GB)†||$60 (5GB)†||$100 (10GB)†|
Are T-Mobile’s tablet plans right for you?
T-Mobile’s prepaid data-only plans are worth considering for their prices alone; features such as free music streaming and unlimited 2G data are just the icing on an already inexpensive cake. T-Mobile’s postpaid One plan is another story. It only makes sense if you already have service on T-Mobile’s One plan. If you have another carrier and data to spare, consider adding your tablet to your current plan. You may be able to do so for as little as $10 per month.
Updated Jan. 27, 2017.