Sprint's new unlimited data plan for tablets costs $20 per month, but caveats apply


Sprint has just announced a new unlimited data plan for tablet owners. The short version of the story is that Sprint's new unlimited data plan costs $20 per month. However, a range of caveats apply.

Right off the bat, it should be noted that Sprint's new unlimited tablet data plan has the same streaming limitations as Sprint's 'Unlimited Freedom' plan for smartphone owners. As such, video streaming is limited to 480p quality, music streaming is capped to 500kpbp, and online gaming streams are limited to 2Mbps.

Given that video consumption is one of the primary uses of a tablet, note that the quality of YouTube and Netflix videos will be drastically reduced. It's only if you're willing to part with $20 extra each month that you'll get 1080p videos, music streaming a 1.5Mbps, and gaming streams at up to 8Mbps.

Furthermore, the plan will cost you $20 per month only if you have an active phone plan with Sprint. If you don't (and you're unwilling to sign up for one) the cost raises dramatically to $70 per month.

Another caveat to take into consideration is the fact that those who get a tablet from Sprint at a discount will have to pay $10 extra per month. In other words, Sprint will be literally getting its discount back over time.

Last but not least, the $20/month rate is only good if you sign up for AutoPay, which means that Sprint will automatically get the cost of your plan at the start of each billing cycle.  

What do you guys think of Sprint's new unlimited data plan for tablets? Is it something that you're considering?

source: Sprint

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5 Comments

1. applesnapple93

Posts: 302; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

just thinking outside the box here. If I setup my connection through a VPN, theoretically I will not have any capped speed right?

5. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I'm sure they can still tell how much your device is using. What a lame unlimited plan though.

2. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Does anyone outside of Kansas City get speeds even that fast on Sprint's network?

4. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

My tablet fills a role once reserved for notebooks--it keeps me working while on the road. 3 years ago, if it were compatible with Sprint's network, I'd have jumped all over this for a Nexus 7 2013 LTE. Today, though, LTE tablets with decent screen resolution just aren't there, and this likely prohibits tethering as well, so I can say without much hesitation that I'm not the customer (for today) that this is aimed at. WiFi isn't that rare any longer; I think all of the big four have missed this boat.

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I'm glad I still have my free 14GB of unlimited data with t-mobile. These new plans suck!!

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