Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) launched a new tablet-focused data plan that costs $5 per day, opening up a fight with its rivals as the holiday shopping season kicks into full swing and customers go hunting for tablets.
The daily plan from Verizon lasts 24 hours or until 300 MB is exhausted, whichever comes first. If a customer runs out of data, they can purchase another 300 MB for an additional $5. Verizon told Mashable that there are no activation fees as part of the plan. Verizon also offers monthly prepaid tablet plans, starting at $20 per month for 1 GB of data. Those plans last for 30 days or until the customer uses all of the purchased data.
In October, AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) introduced a $5 tablet plan that gives subscribers 250 MB of data for a single day as well as a $25 plan for 1 GB that can be used any time in a three-month period.
T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) upended the tablet pricing game shortly thereafter with 200 MB of free data for tablet customers as long as they keep their tablet on the carrier's network. Despite some initial confusion, T-Mobile has reiterated that customers will get 200 MB of free data for life as long as they keep their tablets on T-Mobile's network, regardless of whatever data plan they have, or if they do not have a separate data plan at all. However, in order to connect a device a customer needs a T-Mobile SIM card, which the carrier charges a one-time $10 fee for. In that sense, the offer of 200 MB of data is not truly "free."
Sprint (NYSE:S) offers a variety of tablet data plans, but its $5 plan only offers 25 MB. The company offers a $10 per month plan with 100 MB and a 2 GB plan for $15.
- see this Verizon post
- see this CNET article
- see this Mashable article
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