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US and Canada stung by mobile data bills

by on02 October 2023

Something that even the UK does better

It has been difficult to find something that the British do better than the US and Canada, but it seems that the Brits are doing something better when it comes to their mobile data bill.

The average cost of a gigabyte of mobile data in the U.S. is $6, while the most expensive data plan in the country offers a gig for $83.33.

So, in the Land of the Free, the US is one of the most expensive countries in the world for mobile data, even though some plans can still get you a gig for as low as $0.75.  

This might be causing some of them to rethink that revolution thing if it were not for the situation in Canada being pretty pants too. The average price of a mobile connection is $5.37 per GB.

But if you compare that to the UK where there is an average price of $0.62 for a gig the US and Canada looks like it is in the dark ages.

The information comes from an interactive map published by British price comparison site, which gathered about 5,603 mobile data plans from 237 countries this year to arrive at its conclusion.

Zimbabwe was the most expensive place in the world to buy mobile data, with one gigabyte costing an average of $43.75.

Israel emerged as the country with the cheapest mobile internet plans in the world, with an average cost of just $0.02 per GB. The cheapest plans in the country offer data for as low as $0.001 per GB, while even the most expensive plans still only cost just $0.22 per gigabyte.

According to the report, Israel has a higher smartphone market penetration than the United States and multiple carriers offer extensive 4G and 5G network coverage.

Italy is the second best place in the world to surf the internet on-the-go, thanks to an average mobile data cost of just $0.09 per GB. The cheapest plans offer data for just $0.03 per GB, while the most expensive plans offer data for $2.14 per gig.

The key reason for the cheap plans is competition, as a dozen or so carriers operate in the country, with 5G connectivity now available to around 95 per cent of the population. You would think that the US of all places would love competition, but the reality is that just a handful of operators have the industry sewn up and tame politicians in place to keep it that way.

Last modified on 02 October 2023
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