US and Canada have most expensive cell phone plans

By Emil
Oct 16, 2010
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  1. My god you should see the prices in mexico, mexico should be on that chart in 4th place , we have the richest man on earth, and he owns like 90% of the telecomunications in mexico....and he keeps high prices for cellphones, cellphones plans, internet, TV, etc
  2. Well, how expensive is it to provide service to a country at the size of Hong Kong? It be strange if it wasn't much cheaper than other countries.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    Hong Kong is a city. But more importantly, what does this even mean?
  4. What this study fails to consider is that the US has a subsidized system for the cell phones while other places like Hong Kong do not.

    US: $200 for an iphone with $70 data and phone plan for 2 year
    HK: $600 for an iphone with really cheap data/talk plan and no strings attached.

    It balances some of the numbers out a little bit, but in the end, US and Canada cell phone users still spend the most money.
  5. Ssendi

    Ssendi Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    Why should they limit competition, It is very cheap here and more so in Africa, Uganda!!!!

  6. A semi-autonomous city with it's own elected government, yes. And it means that it is a lot cheaper to provide service to a population dense city at 1104 square km, than a country 8490 times larger such as the US.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    Sure, fewer cell towers, more subscribers equals a higher return on investment.

    But, that isn't really the issue in the US. Government has traditionally placed price regulations on utilities. Before those regulations are dropped, there is a great deal of lobbying activity, with a total BS claim that, "dropping the regulations will promote competition, which in turn will drop prices"! The fact that that never happens, and historically prices go up, should never deter you from buying your favorite telecommunications CEO a Rolls Royce. Or for that matter, a football team.

    And then you have the ***** customers, 90% of whom have no actual need for a cell phone, other than the fact that they can't seem to survive, unless they are running their yap about some *****ic, inconsequential, or trivial matter. If you think you can't live without something, then capitalism always finds a methodology by which it separates a fool from his, (or her), money.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    Hmm I wonder if I can consider myself lucky for only having to pay < 1 cent (p/m) for each outgoing call, and over 60 (so called) free minutes each month ..... hmm; oh well I guess it doesn't really matter in the bigger picture.

    @Captain
    speaking of the video you referring (I think its the same which you pointed out in another thread) ......... she seems to me an (nearly) ironing board (from what I remember from her appearances on tv) with an 'okayish' face.
  9. Where the balls is Australia on this survey!
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    Shouldn't that be, "where the bollix"....[ ]....., or is that in Great Britain only?
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    The necessity of a tatoo to indicate the front on a woman, isn't a deterrent to their sex appeal, (at least for me). However, the rest of Ms Hilton's flat a**ed beer gutted phisique is a bit off putting. That said, her eyes are set fairly low in her head, which seems to me, provides a spacious amount of forehead on which to set a drink.
  12. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TechSpot Maniac Posts: 530

    I had unlimited texts,
    600 Mins
    Unlimited mobile Internet
    A Playstation 3

    £40 for 12 months
    £30 with reduced internet to Half mag and 400 mins for a further 6 months.

    Now I get

    150 Mins
    150 Texts
    Half a meg intenet

    Half price HTC Touch 2

    £5 a month, thats like $7


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