Sprint Nextel has introduced some new low-cost data plans to help push mobile broadband services for more than just the smartphone.
The carrier offers four new data plans to include tablets, mobile hot spot cards, USB cards and connected laptops or netbooks. The new plans don’t affect Sprint’s smartphone data coverage, which still remains unlimited, and apply to data-only devices.
With prices ranging between $20 and $80 for data usage, under the new plans, 12GB of data will cost $80, while 1GB of data will cost just $20 a month. Sprint’s 12GB offering surpasses both Verizon and AT&T’s maximum data offering, with 12GB costing AT&T customers $120 per month, after overage fees. Sprint will also provide 6GB of data for $50 and a 3GB plan for tablet, mobile hotspots or USB card owners for $35 per month. Previously, Sprint’s only options for tablet data plans consisted of 5GB and 10GB for $60 and $90, respectively.
All plans include overage rates of 5 cents per MB for in-network usage, which accumulates to $50 per additional GB, with roaming running customers 25 cents per MB. The plans allow data usage of both Sprint’s 3G and 4G WiMax networks.
Sprint hopes that bringing down the prices of its monthly plans will entice more consumers to consider buying tablets or mobile hotspots.