Best Data Plans for Mobile Internet
Today's RVer or boater needs a near home internet replacement while traveling. They're working from 'home', remote learning, researching the next stop, banking, keeping entertained and staying in touch with friends & family - all of which require internet access.
Cellular data is the most popular way to keep online while traveling.
A nomad's cellular data plans need to get laptops, computers, video streaming devices, gaming systems, and home automation systems online.
Those living on the road for any length of time are not the typical cellular customer just using a bit of data when away from home, they're using it as a home internet replacement while on the go.
Which means they need to seek out data plans that most cellular carrier salespeople don't tend to have as much knowledge about. Plans that include a lot of data that can be used as a hotspot from either smartphones, tablets, hotspot devices (Jetpacks, Mifis) or cellular embedded routers (Pepwave, Cradlepoint, Mofi, Insty Connect).
This guide is kept constantly up to date with our top data plan picks for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile an Sprint - plans that are suitable for RVers and cruisers needing a home or office internet replacement.
Check back often... this stuff changes all the time!
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Here's a quick video overview going over our top data plan picks (be sure to check below for any updates since this video was created):
Recent news stories on our top pick plans that have changed our recommendations:
- New T-Mobile Small Business Plans - Business Unlimited Ultimate Smartphone Plan with 100GB Mobile Hotspot Data Posted on: May 25, 2021
- T-Mobile 100GB/$50 Post Paid Mobile Internet Limited Time Data Plan Ends - New Options Announced Posted on: May 21, 2021
- Cricket Wireless Lowers Price on 100GB Simply Data Plan for Hotspots to $55/mo Posted on: April 26, 2021
- AT&T Prepaid 'Great Deal' Plan Now Offers 100GB for $55/month on Hotspots, Tablets & Routers Posted on: April 26, 2021
- T-Mobile Adds Options to Increase Personal Hotspot Cap on Magenta Smartphone Plans Posted on: April 1, 2021
Our Top Pick Cellular Data Plans
Filter by the criteria that matter to you - from the carriers you want plans on or the types of devices you want to use your data with. Click through to learn more about each plan.
Shopping for Cellular Data Plans
Finding the right plans for your needs is no easy task - using cellular data as a primary way online is not how most carriers have designed their mobile plans. Many of us want plans that provide copious amounts of data.
Understanding the different plan terms (like network management, throttling, hotspot data, video resolution) is key to determining if a plan will meet your needs or not.
To learn more about shopping for dataplans, check out these key guides:
There are also a ton of other plans out there that may not have made our top pick list, but may still suitable for your unique needs. So also head over to our Cellular Data Plan Gear Center if you'd like to research other options, we try to cover every plan that might serve as a mobile internet solution.
Our premium members also have access to our massive Cellular Data Plan Pricing Grid, which directly compares plan costs and features for quicker browsing, and of course get alerts as we hear about new plans coming or great plans retiring.
But a data plan alone will not keep you online - it's only one part of the equation. You also need to dive into selecting the right gear and signal enhancing strategy for your cellular solutions, as well as consider how it fits into your overall mobile internet setup.
Conclusion: Great Plans Come & Go
Over the years we've seen many great plans come and go - cellular data plan options are constantly changing, and it's our mission here at the Mobile Internet Resource Center to keep on top of them.
Bookmark this page and check back often as you're shopping for your plans.
By paying attention to the options, you can assemble a fantastic collection of great plans that will help keep you abundantly connected.
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