One alternative to buying a contract or data plan for your tablet is to use an existing smartphone data plan with tethering. This technology uses your smartphone's cell signal to create a Wi-Fi hotspot that any tablet can connect to. When tethering, any data used by your tablet will charge directly to your cell's data plan.What is a data plan for a tablet?
What’s commonly called a “tablet plan” is better described as a “data-only plan.” These plans provide a wireless internet connection via cell network to any capable device, including tablets and wireless hot spots. There aren’t too many data-only offerings available, but we’ve rounded up the best below.