US leads countries with the priciest mobile-phone plans

 

USA: no. 1?

The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) conducted an 11-country survey on cellphone packages only to find out (confirm?) that Americans are paying top dollar for their mobile services. This, despite the US being smartphone central, as it is home to Apple, BlackBerry, and Google.

The study, which investigated voice, text, and data services for prepaid, regular postpaid, and unlimited postpaid plans, aims to show just how accessible phone services are in a particular country. The Philippines isn’t included, but if it were, we’d rank somewhere at the bottom – which is a good thing. But our rates are still certainly not as cheap India’s, though.

USA

USA

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.18 (3)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.38 (4)
  • Postpaid text: $0.05 (3)
  • Prepaid text: $0.20 (1)
  • Unlimited text: $20.00 (1)
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.08 (3)
  • Prepaid dat/MBa: $10.24 (1)
  • Unlimited data: $29.99 (4)
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $59.99 (2)
  • Average: 2.44
Canada

Canada

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.31 (2)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.38 (2)
  • Postpaid text: $0.02 (6)
  • Prepaid text: $0.14 (3)
  • Unlimited text: $14.59 (2)
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.05 (4)
  • Prepaid data/MB: n/a
  • Unlimited data: $72.90 (1)
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $67.50 (1)
  • Average: 2.625
Japan

Japan

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.37 (1)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $1.00 (1)
  • Postpaid text: $0.003 (9)
  • Prepaid text: n/a
  • Unlimited text: n/a
  • Postpaid data/MB: $9.40 (1)
  • Prepaid data/MB: n/a
  • Unlimited data: $32.60 (2)
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $18.60 (9)
  • Average: 3.89
UK

UK

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.17 (4)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.25 (3)
  • Postpaid text: $0.10 (1)
  • Prepaid text: $0.15 (2)
  • Unlimited text: n/a
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.004 (10)
  • Prepaid data/MB: $0.50 (4)
  • Unlimited data: n/a
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $32.40 (7)
  • Average: 4.43
Denmark

Denmark

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.07 (7)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.17 (5)
  • Postpaid text: $0.03 (5)
  • Prepaid text: $0.03 (7)
  • Unlimited text: $14.00 (3)
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.03 (5)
  • Prepaid data/MB: $1.70 (2)
  • Unlimited data: n/a
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $39.00 (4)
  • Average: 4.75
Finland

Finland

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.07 (7)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.10 (7)
  • Postpaid text: $0.04 (4)
  • Prepaid text: $0.10 (4)
  • Unlimited text: n/a
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.03 (5)
  • Prepaid data/MB: n/a
  • Unlimited data: n/a
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $40.10 (3)
  • Average: 5
Taiwan

Taiwan

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.12 (5)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.12 (6)
  • Postpaid text: $0.04 (4)
  • Prepaid text: $0.04 (6)
  • Unlimited text: n/a
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.02 (6)
  • Prepaid data/MB: $1.64 (3)
  • Unlimited data: $26.60 (5)
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $23.74 (8)
  • Average: 5.375
Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.01 (9)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.02 (10)
  • Postpaid text: $0.06 (2)
  • Prepaid text: $0.06 (5)
  • Unlimited text: n/a
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.10 (2)
  • Prepaid data/MB: n/a
  • Unlimited data: $38.00 (3)
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $13.50 (10)
  • Average: 5.86
South Korea

South Korea

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.09 (6)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.09 (8)
  • Postpaid text: $0.01 (7)
  • Prepaid text: $0.02 (8)
  • Unlimited text: n/a
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.02 (6)
  • Prepaid data/MB: $0.43 (5)
  • Unlimited data: n/a
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $36.20 (5)
  • Average: 6.43
Sweden

Sweden

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.04 (8)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.04 (9)
  • Postpaid text: $0.003 (8)
  • Prepaid text: $0.04 (6)
  • Unlimited text:$11.00 (4)
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.01 (7)
  • Prepaid data/MB: n/a
  • Unlimited data: $13.80 (7)
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $34.05 (6)
  • Average: 6.875
India

India

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.01 (10)
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.01 (11)
  • Postpaid text: $0.01 (7)
  • Prepaid text: $0.02 (8)
  • Unlimited text: $2.00 (5)
  • Postpaid data/MB: $0.004 (9)
  • Prepaid data/MB: n/a
  • Unlimited data: $19.00 (6)
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $12.90 (11)
  • Average: 8.375
Philippines

Philippines

  • Postpaid voice/min: $0.15
  • Prepaid voice/min: $0.17
  • Postpaid text: $0.02
  • Prepaid text: $0.02
  • Unlimited text: n/a
  • Postpaid data/MB: n/a
  • Prepaid dat/MB: n/a
  • Unlimited data: $22.00
  • Minimum Cost of a Complete Cell Phone Package: $11.00

Via Ars Technica

Source OTI

 

*via: Techie.com.ph

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