AT&T is a solid choice for the nomadic set seeking cellular coverage to provide mobile internet on their journey.
But - finding an AT&T plan with enough data to act as a home internet replacement for can be a bit challenging.
One option that a large number of nomads have found success in utilizing is renting an unlimited AT&T data plan - which offers shareable, unlimited (depending on the vendors definition of 'unlimited') data.
Renting/Leasing AT&T Unlimited Data Plans
When renting or leasing a data plan, you are paying a vendor for use of the line, and do not have a direct relationship with AT&T.
The upfront costs are typically minimal (ranging from $5-250 depending on if a MiFi/Hotspot/Router device is included), but the monthly costs are generally substantially higher than the actual cost the broker is paying for the line.
Dealing with Third Party Vendors and Why the Pricing Range?
Some plans are based on postpaid business data only lines with no stated limitations, and some are plans based on the prepaid plans (including the prepaid tablet plan - usually the lower priced vendors) that might be subject to limitations like network management, lower priority service, lack of roaming or video throttling.
As with all third party resellers, consider that the vendor may NOT have an official relationship with the carrier and service could be terminated with little notice.
What You Need to Know
- Upfront costs are set by the vendor, and usually include the purchase of a SIM card and possibly a mobile hotspot device (Hotspot/MiFi). If they are including a MiFi device, make sure it is a current model so it supports all of AT&T's coverage. Check our Gear Center for the current best options.
- Expect to pay $5 - 250 upfront depending on what is included.
- Monthly costs are also set by the vendor, based on current market demand. This is a month-to-month agreement, which gives you flexibility to discontinue service as needed. But remember, no-contract goes two ways - we have heard several reports of unexpected price increases by vendors.
- Soft Data Caps: Some rental vendors now have data caps ranging from 200-500GB a month put in place.
- Prepaid vs Postpaid: Some plans may be corporate postpaid plans without caps or network management, but some cheaper lines may actually be prepaid tablet unlimited data plans that are subject to network management at 22GB.
- Have a Back-Up Option: We highly recommend having an alternate way online if you rely on one of these plans. Remember, these plans can get shut down with little notice (for contract breach, your vendor not paying their bill, etc).
Vendors We Track
Resellers may show 'out of stock' depending on current inventory and availability. And plans may actually come with data caps. Please be sure to read each vendor's fine print - and ask questions - before committing to purchasing a device or paying an up-front fee.
- OTR Mobile - $60/mo
- LambWireless - $60/month
- ATTHotspot - $60/month
- Net Buddy - $65/mo (only available certain evenings of the week)
- Nomadic Wireless - $70/mo
- Unlimited 4G LTE - $80/mo (BYOD often out of stock)
- UbiFi - $89.99/mo
- UnlimitedToGo (Blue) - $99.99/mo
- BlazingHog - $99
- Konnected Technology - $109.95/mo
- Timbuktu Wireless - $119.99/mo (often listed as 'currently sold out')
- LivinLite - $120/mo
- Your Expedited Delivery - $125 - $175 / mo
- Unlimited Leasing - $139/mo
- BroadbandQ - $149/mo
- Unlimitedville (Blue) - $199/mo with 500GB soft cap
- UnlimitedIRL - $139/mo (their terms do state - no home internet replacement)
- Unlimited 4G Data - $65 (auto-renewel)/$75 (single month)
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Potential Alternatives to Consider:
For other featured cellular data plans ideal for RVers and Crusiers - here's some other options to consider:
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