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Eric Zeman
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On Tablets And Tablet Data Plans

Pricing schemes for tablets have quickly become as complicated as pricing for mobile phones. Here's a quick primer on the current landscape and how the total cost of ownership breaks down.


You can spend as little as $500 and as much as $2750 on a tablet and tablet data plan (not including taxes, which I left out of this article entirely). That's an insane range, and depends on a ridiculous number of variables.

Look at your smartphones and the amount of data you use for your smartphone. See if you can add a mobile hotspot feature to your smartphone rather than pay for a separate 3G data plan for a tablet.

The bottom line is that you really need to research how much data you really need, and what combination of hardware and data plans really fits your budget.

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