How To iPad Which Company Has the Best iPad Data Plans? Share Pin Email Print iPad Pro. Stephen Lam/Getty Images News/Getty Images iPad Key Concepts Basics Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated February 28, 2019 Every iPad can connect to Wi-Fi networks in order to get online, but only some models can access 3G and 4G LTE cellular networks provided by phone companies like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. These networks are the same ones that your iPhone uses. Just like when choosing the phone company you want to use with your phone, there are a lot of choices when researching the best monthly iPad data plan. Luckily, these plans are a little simpler than phone plans: just figure out how much data you need and you're basically done. Which company offers the best iPad data plan for you depends on your needs. To make the best choice, here's a comparison of data plans offered by the four major phone companies. iPad Data Plans From AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Monthly Data AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon 250 MB $14.99 1 GB 2 GB $20 3 GB $30 4 GB $30 5 GB $50 6 GB $40 7 GB 8 GB $50 9 GB 10 GB $60 11 GB 12 GB $70 14 GB $80 16 GB $90 18 GB $100 20 GB $110 30 GB $185 40 GB $260 50 GB $335 60 GB $410 80 GB $560 100 GB $710 Unlimited $30 $70 Overages 250MB plan $14.99/250 MB Other plans $10/1 GB $15/1 GB Monthly Device Charge $10 Monthly Price for 3 GB or 4 GB $30 $30 $70 $40 These prices don't include taxes and fees and may change at any time. Ways to Save: Contracts There's not much way to save on the price of a monthly plan. The prices are basically the prices. One possible way to save is to switch from another provider. In that case, your new phone company might have a promotional deal that offers a limited-time discount on your monthly fees. One other option is if your employer has a corporate or group discount with one of the carriers. You can get a deal on the iPad itself, though. That's because phone companies discount the price of the iPad if you sign a two-year contract, just like when you buy an iPhone. Signing that contract does lock you into 24 months of payments, but it can save you a bunch, too. For instance, Verizon charges $779 for an iPad Pro with no contract but cuts that price to $679 with a contract. If you're sure you'll be keeping 24 months of data service on your iPad, a contract can save you big money. Just be sure to keep an eye out for Early Termination Fees (ETFs) that penalize you for canceling before your contract is up. Ways to Save: Shared Data Plans The prices listed above are for iPad-only data plans, but if you've already got at least one smartphone (any kind; it doesn't have to be an iPhone) with a phone company, check out their shared data plans. Those plans often offer a better deal for multiple devices. For instance, AT&T's Mobile Share Plan offers between 300 MB and 50 GB of data to split between all devices on your plan each month. If you've already got a smartphone data plan, you can probably add your tablet to it for just the per-device fee (with AT&T, that's $10/month). The monthly charge for the device will almost always be less than the tablet data plan. As long as you don't go over your monthly data limit, you'll save money. Continue Reading What Phone Company Is Best for the iPhone? Compare Every iPad Model Ever Made Is Verizon the Best Choice For Your iPhone? The 10 Best Cell Phone Plans of 2019 The 8 Best Family Cell Phone Plans of 2019 The 10 Best Prepaid Wireless Plans Which iPad Data Plan is Best? The 9 Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans of 2019 How Much Does an iPhone 4 Cost? The 9 Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans of 2019 Can you save money buying a pre-paid iPhone? The 8 Best Senior Cell Phone Plans of 2019 iPads vs iPhones vs iPods: How Do the Prices Compare? Find Out the Networks That Prepaid Wireless Service Uses The 6 Best Walmart Prepaid Cell Phone Plans of 2019 What's the Best Type of Cellphone Plan?