Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple Which Company Has the Best iPad Data Plans? There are a lot of choices by Sam Costello Writer 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. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on July 13, 2020 Tweet Share Email Apple iPad Macs Every iPad can connect to WiFi networks to get online, but only some models can access 3G and 4G LTE cellular networks provided by phone companies such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. These networks are the same ones your iPhone uses. Stephen Lam / Getty Images Just as when you're choosing a phone company for your iPhone, 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 are not many ways to save on the price of a monthly data plan. The prices are basically the prices. One possible way to save is to switch from one provider to another. Your new phone company might have a promotional deal that offers a limited-time discount on your monthly fees. Another 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 tablet's price 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. 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 keep 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 (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 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. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up. Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire The 7 Best Family Cell Phone Plans of 2021 What You Need to Know About the True Cost of an iPhone The 9 Best Cell Phone Plans of 2021 The 8 Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans of 2021 How to Find Out if You Can Upgrade Your iPhone Where to Buy an iPhone Everything You Need to Know About Unlocked iPhones The 8 Best Senior Cell Phone Plans of 2021 Which Company Has the Best iPhone Family Plan? When Is 5G Coming to the US? (Updated for 2021) What Phone Company Is Best for the iPhone? The 6 Best Walmart Prepaid Cell Phone Plans of 2021 Discover How Prepaid Wireless Service Can Use Networks for Much Less How to Get Internet Without Cable or Phone 2021's Best Budget-Friendly Phone Plans Should You Switch Your iPhone to Verizon?