US and Canada have most expensive cell phone plans

By on October 16, 2010, 11:19 AM
Citizens of the US and Canada tend to pay the most expensive bills for a complete cell phone package, according to a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI, via Ars Technica). Meanwhile, users in India and Honk Kong pay the least for their mobile usage.

After examining prepaid, unlimited, and postpaid plans in 11 countries to determine the minimum cost for a complete cell phone package (voice, text, and data), OTI concluded that countries with more competition and more regulation usually have the best pricing. "Cost structures and business models undoubtedly vary as a result of the level of competition and innovation in each country and it is essential that in the countries that have high prices such as the U.S., we carefully consider additional steps that could be taken with respect to encouraging competition or imposing regulation such that the US becomes an engine of innovation for better and more competitively priced service offerings," the report concluded.

Mobile users in the US need to pay at least $59.99 for a complete cell phone package while users in Canada must pay $67.50. India and Hong Kong came in with the cheapest complete plans, at $12.90 and $13.50 respectively.





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Chazz said:

Find out the same data for our Cable and Internet Companies and I'm quite sure you'll see the same thing.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well you did not check Chilean plans =P

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

US and Canada have most expensive cell phone plans

Wow, there's a ********* big surprise...!

treeski treeski said:

Yeah... no surprise there...

KG363 KG363 said:

I wish it was under $20 a month for everything, yikes

Leeky Leeky said:

For comparison, my UK network (t-mobile) works out £20-00 per calender month for the following:

900 anytime, any number minutes (to any fixed landline or mobile in the UK)

Unlimited SMS

Unlimited internet usage/tethering (Its an Android phone)

In USD, its $31.98

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Leeky, are your, (British) cell phones laden with germs, bodily fluids, and the potential for infection the same as ours? Because if they are, I think that you should be paying the same price for service as we do. After all, it's no fair getting all the "perks", with no extra charge...!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Leeky, are your, (British) cell phones laden with germs, bodily fluids, and the potential for infection the same as ours? Because if they are, I think that you should be paying the same price for service as we do. After all, it's no fair getting all the "perks", with no extra charge...!

"waiter...waiter...there's a fly in my soup!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Thus Spake Captaincranky.......

(From a trance-like state, acting in his capacity as a medium for Verizon).

"waiter...waiter...there's a fly in my soup!
Yeah well, as long as it's not stuck to your cell phone, I think you'll be OK. 'cause if it was, then I'd have to charge you extra.

Cueto_99 said:

Its hard to believe that in countries like Colombia - south america I pay like 40 dollars for a good all-in-one plan... It even includes 4 gigabytes through 3G access, which, for me is just too much for one month!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Its hard to believe that in countries like Colombia - south america I pay like 40 dollars for a good all-in-one plan... It even includes 4 gigabytes through 3G access, which, for me is just too much for one month!
Put the extra bandwidth to good use, download yourself some decent porn...

(OK, let's see a show of hands, how many of you here think that, "decent porn", is an oxymoron)?

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

*raises hand*

Sorry, did you mean both hands? 'cause the other one is err...otherwise occupied...at the moment.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The sound of one hand clapping............

*raises hand*

Sorry, did you mean both hands? 'cause the other one is err...otherwise occupied...at the moment.

May the force be with it....!

(Sorry, I don't mean to brag but, I'm left handed, but mouse with my right)

Timonius Timonius said:

Stop measuring cell phone time by minutes locally and I'll consider using one. As for long distance rates there is very little excuse to charge an arm and a leg for that. I couldn't care less for 'data plans' right now; that's just bells and whistles. Bottom line: If i can make all the phone calls I want on a cell phone and get charged the same as a very basic landline then I'm set.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Stop measuring cell phone time by minutes locally and I'll consider using one. As for long distance rates there is very little excuse to charge an arm and a leg for that. I couldn't care less for 'data plans' right now; that's just bells and whistles. Bottom line: If i can make all the phone calls I want on a cell phone and get charged the same as a very basic landline then I'm set.
The proof of this is, regardless of the global location of a server, internet charges are fixed. And that's with DSL, about which I hear tell, goes through the phone lines.

Have you of heard of "Magicjack"? Not judging, suggesting, or condoning, but merely asking.

princeton princeton said:

It's ******* ridiculous over here. And it isn't just cell phones. 3mbps cable net from rogers is 36 bucks a month, plus the modem rental(buying=no replacement for breaking) and that's only if you have their phone and TV too. Without the bundle its $41+the $5 modem rental.

Leeky Leeky said:

Leeky, are your, (British) cell phones laden with germs, bodily fluids, and the potential for infection the same as ours? Because if they are, I think that you should be paying the same price for service as we do. After all, it's no fair getting all the "perks", with no extra charge...!

You crack me up!

P.S. My mobile (cell to you) phone was certified free of biohazardous waste just last week. I've sneezed on it a few times now though....

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Leeky, have you seen the "One Night in Paris", Paris Hilton video?

Sorry, I'd love to chat, but I gotta jet, I think I hear my toilet ringing.....

Leeky Leeky said:

Leeky, have you seen the "One Night in Paris", Paris Hilton video?

I could say no... BUT...there isn't a lot my 50mb connection hasn't discovered of that nature if I'm going to be entirely honest!

I don't back up my "collection" though, so maybe I'm only half serious.... haha.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Alternate happy ending.....

Sorry, did you mean both hands? 'cause the other one is err...otherwise occupied...at the moment.

May the force be with it....!

"Luke...I was almost your father!"

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

+1

"Luke...I was almost your father!"

Although, see if, "Luke, I thought ha, ha, ha, ha, harrrrrd, about being your father", works as well.

So the girl says to the guy she just met, (in the Biblical sense), What will we call our child? Nonplussed, the gentleman replied, "let's call him "Houdini", if he gets out of this one"....!

Guest said:

I used to get by with two tin cans and a long piece of string.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

The back...and front story

Although, see if, "Luke, I thought ha, ha, ha, ha, harrrrrd, about being your father", works as well.

It's a little known fact that the helmet worn by Lord Vader is actually a neck brace needed from years of enthusiastically nodding his head in a "yes, yes" fashion.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'm not a Witch, I'm You............

Hmmm, I suppose that explains the voice box as well! Too many years of trying to talk with his mouth full.

You'll all have to excuse me for about five minutes, I'm going to give the old, "left hand salute" to a picture of Christine O'Donnell. Holy water will take the stain off afterwards, won't it?

Guest said:

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

Guest said:

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.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

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.
Hong Kong is a city. But more importantly, what does this even mean?

Guest said:

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.

Ssendi said:

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

Guest said:

Hong Kong is a city. But more importantly, what does this even mean?

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.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

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.
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 idiotic, 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.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

Guest said:

Where the balls is Australia on this survey!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Where the balls is Australia on this survey!
Shouldn't that be, "where the bollix"....[ ]....., or is that in Great Britain only?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

@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.

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.

gobbybobby said:

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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