Best tablets with cell service

No Wi-Fi? No problem. These 4G-enabled tablets can access the Web on the go.

Verizon offers a wide variety of data plans for tablets but T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T provide some worthy options as well. Josh Miller/CNET

Subscribing for cellular service on your smartphone is a no-brainer, but having the option on your tablet can be nearly as useful and convenient. 4G tablet speeds are fast if you live in available markets, but even if you don't, you can still enjoy cellular service -- albeit at slower speeds.

We've gathered some of the best tablets with cellular service on the market. Some carriers offer options like shared data plans for multiple devices or long-term contracts that sometimes include discounts. However, this post focuses on tablets with LTE capabilities -- not carriers or plans. Since pricing and availability depends on your location, visit your carrier's website or local store for more information on all data plans.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 duo are two of the sleekest Android tablets on the market.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

It's okay to admit it. Do you just want a tablet to Netflix and chill anywhere you go? If so, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is right up your alley. It has one of the best screens on a tablet, with a sharp resolution and vivid color, and dons a svelte design that's both compact and stylish. There is a small 8-inch model as well as a larger 9.7-inch version available.

A tablet that complements your iPhone.

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Apple iPad Air 2

The Apple iPad is arguably the most popular tablet around, and the iPad Air 2 with LTE capabilities is one of the most widely available models -- almost every carrier offers it. If you already use an iPhone it's a breeze to utilize and with iOS 9's new split-screen feature, you can do more than one thing at a time.

Amazon's fastest tablet is also its only LTE option.

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Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon's name might not pop up while you're thinking about tablets, but they have a pretty decent selection. The most high-end model is the Fire HDX 8.9. It has a slim, lightweight design, sharp screen and speedy processor. It's the only Amazon tablet with LTE.

An affordable LTE tablet, like the Pixi 3, is hard to find.

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Alcatel Pixi 3

Tablets with cellular capabilities tend to cost more than their Wi-Fi only counterparts. That's why the Alcatel Pixi 3 is a refreshing choice. According to Alcatel, it'll be affordably priced in the $200 range. You won't be able to find this Windows 10 just anywhere, though. Carriers have yet to be announced and it's expected to hit Alcatel's online store soon.

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