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Who pays what for how much? Rates examined in US, Canada, UK, Germany and more

0. phoneArena 14 Jul 2013, 03:26 posted on

Several months ago, the GSM Association conducted a survey assessing how much people paid for LTE...

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posted on 14 Jul 2013, 03:48

1. Luuthian (Posts: 219; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I can vouch for Rogers being expensive as hell... Especially when you consider that their network (especially their LTE/HSPA) covers far less space than Telus Mobility.

If it wasn't for the fact I snagged a 6GB plan on promo for $80 a month with unlimited texting etc. I wouldn't be with them today. I know the home of my next phone plan will likely be with Telus. I'll probably still pay $80 a month, but at least I'll have a better network connection.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 05:10

12. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


what is your LTE speed and HSPA speed?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:12 1

44. Luuthian (Posts: 219; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


42mbs and 72mbs respectively. Rogers new LTE they launched this year supposedly hits 150mbs but 72mbs is so fast already that the difference doesn't seem that great.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 17:54

52. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


wow! how about in downtown, cus in downtown there are way too many phones and services are slow.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 06:55

18. Rogerlebo (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


What is LTE speed for Telus?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:14

45. Luuthian (Posts: 219; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


The same as Rogers: 72mbs. Yeah ROgers offers 150mbs LTE in certain areas, but the difference isn't as noticable as going from no LTE to LTE.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 06:58 5

19. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


1) When it comes to talktime ,India might be the cheapest in the world!
We pay for local calls for 1minute = $0.01 . ( its will come AGAIN reduced drastically almost 75% off when the special talktime pack have been recharged ! )
Alternativly you get TRUE unlimimted Talking pack for $8 .

Note : We pay for seconds( PER SECOND BILLING ).. not for minutes ! if we call 2seconds we have to pay for that 2 seconds only which not popular in western countries!

2) Now when it come to 3G (21.1Mbps) , we are paying $5 = 1GB / $20 = 10GB..
Which people in india consider it as VERY HIGH but it is very LOW compared to other nations !!!

Honesly 4G is not yet implemented properly.. !
Buut Within 2014 .. india would be perfect with 4G ALL-INDIA !
Reliance recently Signed for agrement and is in talk with samsung for producing cheap 4G phone for $50 . but samsung disagrees samsung told they can make phones $70 only! it will be confirm soon and we are in talk with huawei .

3) 4G rates will be $1 = 6GB ie $10 =60 ... WHICH IS CHEAPEST OF CHEAPEST IN THE WORLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Note : In india there is UK's VOdafone , India's Airtel & idea ,.
Russias MTS
Norways UNINOR. And many many more !!

India is the NUMBER ONE TELECOME MARKET IN THE WORLD !!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:13 1

25. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Well said and explained bruh. :)

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:49 1

47. bibli2oo3 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Actually to be true I think South-East Asia is relatively inexpensive, here in Karachi I use Unlimited Package from Zong which costs around $2.5 per month and includes Unlimited Texting and Calls.

With our old-age EDGE network there is no need to mention Data network at all but I am pretty sure if and when 3G is launched it will be on-par with rates in India.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:03

20. Rogerlebo (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Regularly, I get 100 mbps on Rogers LTE with my Galaxy S4.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:07

21. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


I dont think any countries giving TRUE unlimited pack for 4G !

'OoredoO Qatar' gives TRUE unlimited Pack for $50 . Cheapest plan in the world Right now ..for the UNLIMITED !
Downloading speed is 100Mbps,

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:51

48. bibli2oo3 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Well Ooredoo network still hasn't fully launched 4G, its still being rolled out and am pretty sure rates will change when its completely rolled out but none-the-less its pretty great.

Especially with Ramadan specials, I used to pay QAR5/day for true unlimited on 3.5G back in 2011.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 15:23

50. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This article only mentions two USA carriers. Totally useless.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 03:56

2. iyngr (Posts: 66; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Way to go Airtel :) But Airtel is more expensive compared to other Indian Providers...

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:10

3. Jason2k13 (Posts: 658; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


come to australia and compare telstra prices to other carriers, its soo much more expensive and the service you get sucks to,

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:11

4. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


My GOD, those graphs look like they were put together by someone on LSD stacked with Crack laced with Boric Acid.

For me, very simple:

I pay Verizon $23.99 (after 20% corporate discount) for Unlimited Data (GrandDaddied in). Last month I racked up 93.47GB (not a typo' folks) so, if I do the math, I pay the following per Gigabyte and per Megabyte, respectively:

23.99 ÷ 93.47 = 0.2566598909 per GB
23.99 ÷ 93,470,000 = 0.0000002567 per MB

Conclusion: Verizon is cheap (for me) but, more importantly, FAST AND CONSISTENT and, of course, not to mention, 'Reliable'!!

How much do you pay, share your cost ratio ..... ??

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:43

10. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


"My GOD, those graphs look like they were put together by someone on LSD stacked with Crack laced with Boric Acid." HA!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 05:17 1

13. kassi (Posts: 87; Member since: 25 May 2013)


how many MB do you think one GB has?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:25

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


1024MB = 1GB.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:34

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I think she meant KB.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:07

40. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


No I didn't, I meant Gigabytes and Megabytes.
And, actually, 93.47 Gigabytes equals 95,713,280 Megabytes :)

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:31 1

28. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Dorothy, please don't take this the wrong way because I'm not saying anything about you (if anythingi think it's great if you're getting over on them like that) but I'll believe it when I see it. I've seen customers throttled at 4 GBs for "excessive use" so if you used what VZW would call 94 GBs, something is wrong! It's a good wrong for you, because the fail safes aren't functioning correctly. But not many people can utter the phrase "VZW is cheap." Keep sticking it to them for us ex-employee and customers who just couldn't take the BS anymore.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:56

43. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Dude, I mean Sir .... (cuz' Ima' girl), you don't think that I took screenshots of my account for posterity so that my descendants can bask in my glory. I have to admit, I thought at some point I'd get throttled but that didn't happen. Of course, this was done on my Galaxy Note 2 and pure 4G LTE, which we have lots of in NYC.

I honestly can't complain about VZW, they've been good to me over the years. And, just as a basis for comparison, I've dabbled with the other major carriers over the last 13 years or so and here's an overview of my experiences:
1. Sprint (1999-2001) Analog/Digital sucked but, hey, wasn't even 3G.
2. Verizon (2001-Present) Analog/Digital better than Sprint for the same time period; 1x Nationwide Network an improvement (circa 2002-2004); EVDO RevA (Circa 2003-2005) HUGE improvement over 1x;
EVDO RevO (Circa 2005-2008) Still getting better; EVDO RevO/3G (2008-2010) Getting Faster; 4G then 4G LTE (2010-Present) Fast and Consistent. (For me)
3. Cingular/AT&T (2005) - My Mom who came to stay with me could never get reliable voice service on her Congular branded phone.
4. Sprint (Tried them again in 2010 for the EVO - almost left Verizon) - Service improved but, Customer Service was abysmal.
5. T-Mobile (My brother has Galaxy Note 2 on T-Mo and his 4G is in and out (and, we're not even talking about 4G LTE).

Some of the years may be slightly off so, don't hold me exactly to them. I realize not everyone has had a good experience with VZW but, I can say that I have.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:47 1

46. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Well ma'am, I am in awe and I applaud you. Keep it up.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 15:03

49. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Thanks but, as a precaution, I don't go crazy like that every month... lol

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:38 1

30. kozza3 (Posts: 575; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


that's impressive

i pay $30 for 3GB so $10 per GB

too bad i can't walk into a verizon store right now and get the same plan as you...

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:13

5. deacz (Posts: 157; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


8€ for unlimted data plan, enjoy your phone bills america.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 05:18

14. kassi (Posts: 87; Member since: 25 May 2013)


where do you live?
this is pure innovation!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:18

6. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I don't get it. Airtel has only just started rolling out LTE services. Its only out in cities like Kolkata and Pune (Delhi isn't in the list yet,I think). More cities are scheduled to be on the 4G bandwagon later in the year. How did PA get the data plans and the other things? Moreover there aren't even (that many i.e. mass) 4G devices in Indian markets as of yet. :O

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:18

7. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I don't get it. Airtel has only just started rolling out LTE services. Its only out in cities like Kolkata and Pune (Delhi isn't in the list yet,I think). More cities are scheduled to be on the 4G bandwagon later in the year. How did PA get the data plans and the other things? Moreover there aren't even (that many i.e. mass) 4G devices in Indian markets as of yet. :O

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:21

8. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


But Airtel does have higher speeds and better coverage compared to the other carriers out there. I trust in them.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:43

9. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Everyone can stop complaining til they come to Australia! Our data prices are crazy! Our 3G is pretty half-half, 4G only exists in the CBD's and our technology is almost 2x more than most countries! We suffer badly!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:49 1

11. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Be that as it may, at least you have Vegemite :)

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 05:36

15. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


I thought everyone who wasn't Australian HATED Vegemite?!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 05:56 1

16. w-t-f (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


35$ = 600min+2000sms+2GB after I spend 2GB I still can use internet but speeds are LOOOOOOOW,minutes and sms that I don´t spend I can use them in next month.

And if i want to buy HTC ONE with this monthly plan i would have to pay it 370$ + 2 years contract and that's the discount price till the end of July,after its gonna be 490$.

Welcome to Serbia.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:02

39. iamfoolhehe (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


$20- vodafone india postpaid connection .

Benifits : 10,000 mintues + 2000 SMS + 10GB 3G (21Mbps) .

Beat it ;) no contract nothing !

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:39

55. w-t-f (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


LOL there are other mobile operators here but nobody has that plan LOL

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:19

41. Skizzo (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Wow, honestly, I'm surprised that it's so relatively reasonable in Serbia. I know $35/month is not "cheap" but I thought it would be more. I mean, I'm Serbian, and I wondered how all my friends back home have smartphones with data plans when i can barely afford one here in Canada.
I'm with Rogers, and my monthly plan is as follows:

$75/month =
- 250 daytime minutes, unlimited evening/weekends (after 6pm)
- Unlimited Incoming calls
- Unlimited SMS
- 1 GB of data

...not even sure what to say. My 3 YEAR CONTRACT is up now at the end of July, and "all they could offer" me as an incentive to stay with Rogers is an extra GB of data a month, and an additional $50 off of a new phone if I extend for another 3 year contract!

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:41 1

56. w-t-f (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


Pljacka!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 06:48

17. srvricky (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


you people don't know Airtel yet, they already provide onhe of the most expensive plans which you people might be knowing but What u do not know is an Airtel user loses his significant amount of money from his account without any usage & they willreply u that u have sent sms & or any fishing reason.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:25 1

23. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


LOL. I am an Airtel user for 4 years now. But those 'phising' you claim to have experienced, haven't yet happened with me.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 07:16

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6741; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Those prices are outrageous. I remember I used too pay 80$ for 2gb and that wasn't enough data for me too stream my music and data. I switch too net10 prepaid it still runs on att h+ 4g network same speed with no restrictions. With my unlocked. GSM XPERIA GO phone. I save myself bout 30$ when I was on contract. Plus I can call international with the 60$ card too. No more contract for me

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 08:09

24. onggeo (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Here in the Philippines the standard is PhP 1000.00 monthly for unlimited data which is around $25 with no data cap even if you use it for mobile hotspot though speeds here are much slower than everywhere else. Usually only around 2-3 mbps for 3G and 14mbps for LTE

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:30

27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


In the article, you included the 5GB feature for T-Mobile when realistically the $20 Unlimited data package is cheaper than the 5GB (but includes mobile hotspot).

For T-Mobile, unlimited everything, I'm paying about $65 a phone with insurance and taxes and I'm not under contract. Living the good life. :)

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:49

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


2 phones ~ $130 a month.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:39

36. Gawain (Posts: 375; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


You obviously did not read the article. he said that he used T-Mo's unlimited but cited that a fair use policy exists and just tagged it at 5GB and then went even further to say that the "cap" was a variable.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:46

31. colombo15 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jul 2013)


I pay 60 unlimited canada wide call ,unlimited canadan international txt n 6gb ,i get lte 30-70mbpsfido( rogers)

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 10:55

33. rallyguy (Posts: 579; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Another point. Who is paying for LTE but not getting it. Verizon is the only carrier with LTE in my area, Sprint doesn't. So my bill is less with Sprint but I have no coverage. So who is paying more for"LTE". Someone on Verizon who pays say double what I do, or me who is paying half of he Verizon customer but getting zero LTE in my area? I say me. You could argue I'm paying $10 a month for 0 GB. I'm on the SERO premium so there isn't a data fee per se.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 10:55 1

34. -box- (Posts: 3880; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


So as I've been saying, Verizon is crazily overpriced. No surprise.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:31 2

42. snowgator (Posts: 3303; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


AT&T has messed up my bill at least a dozen times, has a horrid customer service experience they are improving all the way up to just plain bad, and one side of their company never talks to the other making tracking down who you need a crap shoot. But, in my small Illinois city, we have only them and Verizon, and I just couldn't pull the trigger on the more expensive plans with fewer phone choices in 2011. It kills me. Verizon just charges because they can. They do have a great network, but it is a pretty penny more over a few year period.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:33

35. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Not suprised that Tmobile has the best $/GB. I pay $70 a month and get unlimited everything.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:47

37. gidis88 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


and we wonder why most of these countries are broke

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 12:33

38. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


I pay 11 US/month for unlimited data plan, 3/3 Mbit on 3G and voice/SMS is not included. But this "unlimited" is capped at 15GB/month, if over, then speed will throttle to 64 kbits and still unlimited data plan. Only bad thing, is Telenor dont offer this anymore and I will stuck at it as long I can.
None of Swedens operator offers generous as they did before, 0-20GB/month unlimited data plan with prices around 11-30 US and i wont change either, until Telenor force me to do it.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 17:05

51. Maaaaaaaaster (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Am I the only South African here. Pfsh Vodacom is...well...look at the graph.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 18:10

53. rightcue805 (Posts: 55; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)


i think whatever and dorothey69 need to hook up lol

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 22:58

54. lumialove (Posts: 75; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Here in India,Aircel gives us 500mb high-speed data+3G unlimited +2G unlimited plan at 2USdollars...pretty cheap huh...

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 05:42

57. teen4yolo (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


my plan for my iPhone 4S is €20 per month and for that i get
- unlimited texts
- unlimited calls to all numbers
- 20GB of data

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