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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: 247; 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: 247; 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: 28; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


What is LTE speed for Telus?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 14:14

45. Luuthian (Posts: 247; 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: 328; 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: 28; 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: 72; 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: 1217; 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: 109; Member since: 25 May 2013)


how many MB do you think one GB has?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:25

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


1024MB = 1GB.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 09:34

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; 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: 3271; 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: 3271; 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: 702; 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: 162; 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: 109; Member since: 25 May 2013)


where do you live?
this is pure innovation!

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:18

6. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; 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: 328; 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

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