U.S. and Canadian cell phone users pay the most for service

U.S. and Canadian cell phone users pay the most for service
A  report by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative shows that U.S. and Canadian cell phone users have the most expensive cell phone plans on the globe. The Foundation, which lists Google CEO Eric Schmidt as a board member, shows the minimum voice, text and data post-paid package to cost $59.90 per month in the U.S. and $67.70 up North. As a comparison, the minimum monthly rates in Hong Kong and India are $13.50 and $12.90 respectively. However, both countries use pay-per-use or a combination of pay-per-use and pre-set limits.

For post-paid voice plans, Canada (31 cents/minute) and Japan (37 cents/minute) were the highest priced on a per-minute basis, followed by the U.S.(18 cents/minute) and the U.K.(17 cents per minute). Both Hong Kong and Inida's plans are priced at 1 cent per minute.

When it comes to postpaid plans for text messages, the top rates are found in the U.S.,U.K., Canada and Denmark. India and Japan are at the bottom. The U.K. postpaid text rates come out to about 10 cents per text, double the rate in the United States. Japanese text users pay less than 1 cent per text while in India, each message costs about 1 cent to send.

The country with the most expensive postpaid data plan is Japan where the service costs a whopping $9.40 monthly per MB. The U.S. is near the top of this category at 8 cents/MB per month. In the U.K., India and Sweden, data will cost you less than 1 cent/MB monthly.

Obviously, determining if you can afford a cell phone, and which plan you can afford comfortably, greatly depends on where you live. Certain countries like the U.S. consistently appear near the top of the rates list while India is always around the lowest rates. Obviously no one is going to move just to score a lower monthly cellular bill, but it is interesting to see the difference in rates. It certainly explains why RIM was worried about BlackBerry service getting turned off in India; with the country's rates so low, it is the fastest growing cell phone region on the planet. The low rates also explain how Indians can afford to carry a cell phone with 42% of them earning less than $1.25 per month.

source: NewAmericaFoundation





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9 Comments

1. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I blame canada

2. bloodpanther

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

I blame Mexico

5. Jennahh unregistered

Why Mexico?

6. XxVerbalxX unregistered

cause they "truukk ahrr juubbs!!"

7. britishgurl88 unregistered

ok thats just stupid

8. Vegas89

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 15, 2010

"Rable rable rable rable"

3. anarkie

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

"The country with the most expensive postpaid data plan is Japan where the service costs a whopping $9.40 monthly per MB. The U.S. is near the top of this category at 8 cents/MB per month. In the U.K., India and Sweden, data will cost you less than 1 cent/MB monthly." Surely we aren't even CLOSE to the top. $9/MB makes for some damn expensive mobile porn. $.08/MB is much better.

4. Steve19 unregistered

The article doesn't even mention that the reason other countries have a lower cell phone bill is that the caller pays a higher price for calls to a cell phone where in the U.S. the owner of the cell phone pays for the air time and the caller pays the same price as calling a land line.

9. Prady unregistered

Great to be in a country(India) where we are being charged least for cell phone services. Only thing here is that we are still waiting for full-fledged 3G networks which will hopefully start by end of this year. Reason for that low rates here is competetion among the providers and volume of connections. And to add here that we have plans for Text services for less than a dollar a month and you can send upto 20k SMS free, but sometimes I really don't like such plans when your friends keep on texting you whole day.

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