Verizon’s data-only plans give you 4G data access but have no voice service. You can connect multiple devices to one data plan — as long as those devices don’t include your smartphone.
Verizon tablet plans
Verizon has traditional, postpaid data-only plans, as well as prepaid data-only plans. These plans can be used for tablets, mobile hot spots and other connected devices, such as a smartwatch. You can bring your own device if it’s compatible, or buy one from Verizon.
Postpaid plans are billed monthly and typically require a credit check. Verizon charges a monthly account access fee for the data package, plus a line fee for your device.
Below are the prices for Verizon’s data-only plans; these prices do not include monthly line fees, which are $10 for a tablet, $20 for a mobile hot spot and $5 for a connected device. You can also add data-only devices to a Verizon family plan and pay just the line fee.
- 2GB: $20
- 4GB: $30
- 6GB: $40
- 8GB: $50
- 10GB: $60
- 12GB: $70
Prepaid plans last for a period of one week to two months, depending on the plan, and don’t require a credit check or contract.
- 500MB (one week): $15
- 1GB (30 days): $20
- 2GB (60 days): $35
- 5GB (60 days): $60
- 10GB (60 days): $100
How Verizon’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.
Some carriers allow data access for more or less time than the usual monthlong period, which is indicated in the footnotes for this table.
|1GB or less||1.5-3GB||4-5GB||6-7GB||8-9GB||10GB or more|
|* 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 Prepaid||$25 (3GB)||$50 (8GB)||$75 (15GB)|
|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)*|
|$25 (6GB)||$40 (10GB)
|Verizon||$30 (2GB)||$40 (4GB)||$50 (6GB)||$60 (8GB)||$70 (10GB)|
|Verizon Prepaid||$15 (500MB)*|
|$35 (2GB)†||$60 (5GB)†||$100 (10GB)†|
Are Verizon’s tablet plans right for you?
If you already have cell phone service through Verizon, adding your tablet to your plan is a no-brainer. The fee is $10 per month, and you have to manage only one bill and one provider. But if you’re with another carrier or want your tablet on its own plan, you can save money by looking elsewhere.
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Updated July 3, 2017.