Yesterday, the nation’s third-largest carrier, Sprint, announced the iPad and iPad mini are hitting its 4G network in mid-November. To compliment the launch, Sprint announced updated data plans this evening that will be available to customers with tablets on the network beginning Nov. 11. Sprint will make the data plans available contract free, and they will start at $14.99 for 300MB of data, $34.99 for 3GB of data, $49.99 for 6GB of data, and $79.99 for 12GB of data for new customers. However, existing Sprint customers get a nice break and can add a tablet to their plan for $10 per month for 100MB or $15 per month for 1GB. Sprint said its new data plans offer “20 percent more data than Verizon or AT&T for the same price”— even though its coverage map is smaller. The carriers add that for a limited time there is no activation fee for a new tablet.

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Starting on Sunday, Nov. 11, Sprint will introduce a variety of new, aggressively priced rate plans for 4G LTE-enabled tablets that offer customers up to 20 percent more data than Verizon or AT&T for the same price. These new rate plans will be available to all Sprint 4G LTE tablets and require no contract.

Sprint smartphone customers can add a tablet to their account with a specially discounted rate plan that includes 1GB of data for only $15 per month or as little as $10 per month for 100MB of data on the Sprint network. For a limited time, Sprint is waiving the Activation Fee on all 3G/4G LTE tablets.

Additionally, Sprint offers four plans designed specifically for 4G LTE tablets, starting at $14.99 for 300MB of data, $34.99 for 3GB of data, $49.99 for 6GB of data and $79.99 for 12GB of data.

Sprint also offers convenient Sprint Mobile Broadband Passes (no contract offers) for tablets, starting at $14.99 for 300MB of data, $34.99 for 3GB of data, $49.99 for 6GB of data and $79.99 for 12GB of data. Sprint Mobile Broadband Passes are great for customers who want the freedom and flexibility to bill to a credit card and might only need a plan occasionally.

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