Sprint unveils new no-contract data plans for 4G LTE tablets

Four new data plans come on the heels of Apple's announcement that its new iPads will run on Sprint's network.

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Sprint announced a slew of new tablet data plans to welcome the new iPads to its network. Donald Bell/CNET

One day after Apple finally announced new iPads that would run on Sprint's network, the wireless carrier announced a set of new data plans it says offers up to 20 percent more data than Verizon or AT&T at the same price.

Beginning November 11, Sprint customers will be able to choose among four no-contract rate plans for 4G LTE-enabled tablets, Sprint announced this evening. Plans start at $14.99 for 300MB of data per month and increase to $34.99 for 3GB, $49.99 for 6GB, topping out at $79.99 a month for 12GB of data.

Existing smartphone customers can add a tablet to their account for as little as $10 for 100MB or $15 for 1GB. Sprint also said it will waive the activation fee for all 3G/4G LTE tablets for a limited time.

Apple yesterday unveiled its brand-new fourth-generation iPad, which along with a faster, more powerful A6X processor also features a new LTE chipset that will work on new networks, including Sprint. Meanwhile, the specs for the new iPad Mini listed on the Apple Web site confirm that the smaller device will support the Sprint network as well.

As for comparison to competitors' plans, Verizon's off-contract tablet data plans offer 2GB of data for $30, 5GB for $50, and 10GB for $80 -- a clear 20 percent savings at the high end. Meanwhile, AT&T offer 3GB of data for $30 a month and 5GB of data for $50 -- a gigabyte less than Sprint is offering for the same price.

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