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.

Eric Zeman, Contributor

November 16, 2010

1 Min Read


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.

About the Author(s)

Eric Zeman


Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies.

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