Adding a tablet to your account is easy and relatively inexpensive. If the #slate8tablet doesn’t end up being free for being an existing customer, the monthly payments are $10 or less on a 2 year plan. Additionally, data plans start at around $20 per month for a small amount of data. But then come 2 inevitable questions:
How much data do you really need?
How do I manage my data so I don’t go over my “limit”?
The amount of data depends on the way you plan on using the device. Specifically, you need to be aware and honest with yourself about how often you will use the device OUTSIDE of the range of a Wifi connection. If you have access to Wifi, you should use it. That said, if you plan on using it to read your email or light news and txt based updates, you may be able to get away with 1GB of data, so long as you are not downloading attachments or streaming music or other media over your cellular data connection.
Once you start to add multimedia content, such as movies, photos, music, social networking content, etc., your data usage will spike SIGNIFICANTLY.
I do NOT recommend a data plan to be used EXCLUSIVELY for video unless you have an extensive budget. Mobile data can be expensive, and video, movies, & music can quickly deplete any monthly data allotment you have if you are exclusively viewing over a cellular connection. HOWEVER, IF it’s necessary, there are mobile data plans for 8GB’s that you can add additional data for for the month if you run out.
Again, it’s VERY important to understand how you will use the tablet. If you plan on just having it around the house as screen #2 or #3A after the TV and the computer, then you should focus on leveraging your home Wifi (if you have it) and limiting your cellular data.
How to manage cellular data is a separate issue. The Slate 8 - running Lollipop - has settings which will allow you to warn the user when you are within a certain threshold of your monthly data usage cap, and then turns OFF the data when you reach that threshold. In the few moments where I have reached my data cap, the warning was VERY helpful in knowing where the end of my data pool was. You don’t HAVE to set it to turn off when you reach your limit, but I would advise it so that you don’t just start adding additionally GB’s of data after you exceed your allotment. That can get pricey.
There is also a way to cap usage at the carrier level. To set this up, contact Sprint via the live chat feature on our website, or ask at your local store about how to set up those limits on your tablet sub-account.
Hope you’re enjoying your Slate 8 Tablet!
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