Elisa (39% market share): unlimited 1 Mbps data for 9.90 euro a month (29.90 euro a month for 150 Mbps).
Telia (31% market share): unlimited 0.256 Mbps data for 7.90 euro a month (29.90 euro a month for 150 Mbps).
DNA (29% market share): unlimited 1 Mbps data for 12.90 euro a month (29.90 euro a month for 150 Mbps).
Moi (part of DNA these days, don't know if it's counted in their 29% or not): unlimited 100 Mbps for 18 euro a month (23 euro a month for 300 Mbps).
I think Moi might be the only operator that actually sells fixed data plans (6 euro a month for 4 GB at 100 Mbps). Everyone else just sells unlimited plans at varying levels of speed with the entry-level plans basically handicapped to basically email syncing only.
Also, apparently the average monthly data usage for a mobile plan in Finland is 34.3 GB (https://blog.telegeography.com/finns-lead-the-way-in-mobile-...). Probably not going to be hitting that at 0.256 Mbps.
Do the fins constantly watch Youtube or Netflix on their phone? 35GB on Mobile is quite lot. And that is an average number. Or do they basically use the Mobile Network as the Internet and dont use WiFi at home?
The same for Taiwan, 20GB on average. Once you take into account the lower end of the spectrum using sub 1GB per month, the median number would be huge.
Hong Kong Currently uses ~3GB on average per connection. With Unlimited plans at about $40 USD.
Those difference are mind-boggling.
Of course, it's probably not that clear cut. There are probably people who have a fixed line and then just have a mobile 4G hotspot when they go to the cabin. Impossible to tell really.
Data from https://www.ficom.fi/ict-ala/tilastot/matkapuhelinliittym%C3...
But then we have comment above with 300GB of Mobile Data per month. I just checked my router log, I was barely doing 300GB per month, inclusive of all the iCloud Backup, Youtube, etc.... 300GB Mobile Data is absolutely insane.
Of course, the availability of unlimited subscriptions surely is a big factor in popularity of home use of mobile connections in Finland. In places where mobile typically has a data quota, people probably are less likely to use a mobile connection instead of DSL.
That said, 35GB average still seems rather high. I'm interested how much I'm using, but I only have usage data from the past four months and those months aren't really that representative of what I would call normal use.
I'm definitely not the biggest consumer of data but at least I don't have to change my browsing behavior at all whether or not I'm on Wi-Fi or not. There's also the luxury that whenever I'm out with my laptop, I just tether instead of trying to figure out how to connect to the local Wi-Fi.
Which is extremely odd. Because Rogers and Bell are, in fact, several wolverines standing on top of each other in a trench coat. Very expensive, onerous contracts.
(My partner is front-line emergency medical staff, and we are on the city’s discount plan for cell service, so, it could be that.)
'nother Canuck here... that very same Rogers you speak of added, then canceled a 12mo term option onto my service when I called to cancel. They then sent me a bill for over $400 for an early cancellation charge!!
I actually laughed when I saw it... the unmitigated thievery from this company is appalling!
Maybe it's more obnoxious than it's worth when you're using it full time instead of a month at a time, but it seems to work well. I keep meaning to see if it would make sense to switch to a prepaid MVNO for my US cellular service as well. AT&T and Verizon are, for their part, a consortium of skunks and raccoons standing on top of each other in a trench coat.
Never quite understood why Canadian télécoms give the best prices to people with large organisation jobs.
I'm currently using Sudani, the cost of 1 GB is 20 SDG. To USD that roughly equals ($0.14, with rate $1 = 140 SDG). The numbers are the same for MTN, or slightly less since i recall it was 15 SDG.
In office we are using an unlimited Wimax plan , and that costs us like 1800SDG / month ($12). For 4G unlimited plan, that is like twice the cost at roughly $28.
Edit adding wimax wikipedia link
In Singapore, I paid $15 for 1GB a month. Beat that. It almost felt like daylight robbery when I returned.
How is the speed and what are you using it on? (looks like video).
That's in the price range where I would gladly buy a mobile hotspot wifi, if the speed and latency is good enough.
A little while back, there was some research that pointed out that mobile data prices in India were regulated by a cartel, because of how accurately data prices and plans were matched across all telecom operators. Jio's entry shattered a lot of it, but even today - data prices are irrational. Buying lots of data is costlier than buying a little.
I put prices for my operator (State-owned BSNL) here: https://gist.github.com/captn3m0/ab25123638b877cd8e3d9868f33... and some interesting insights:
* the cheapest option for me is to spend 4 cents per day to get 2GB data per day. However, it stops working the moment I cross 2GB, and I have to remember to pay every 54 days.
* there are no plans where you can pay for an entire year. Paying for longer durations is _always costlier_.
* All plans have caps around 1-3GB/day and short-durations.
After all, the same amount of radio wavelength is available in any part of the world.
Radio is (1) regional (thus "cell phone"), (2) directional (thus "beam antenna" to simplify the field greatly).
(1) and (2) mean the serviced space is divided into cells, and the cell shape and size are designed, eccording to physical and economic concerns. For example, long, thin cells are used along major roads. Where there is a higher population density, smaller cells are used.
Of course that not the only factor. supporting infastructure matters too.
Freemobile in France also has (had?) complex rules covering what kind of connection gets you what kind of data (3G vs 4G connections had different data caps) and the French extended notion of "country". What are the equivalent of DOM/TOM for mobile operators in non-colonial powers?
Usually scummy télécoms try to charge you more for the faster service, even when it’s more efficient for them.
They collected details of 60 plans, which is their max. The cheapest they found was $2.5/GB, the most expensive being $140/GB (both of these are incredible). They use the median of those sampled, but there's no weight given to the plans.. the terrible data plan (100MB for $14) has the same weight as a popular plan (2GB for $40).
There seems to be no concession for other features (roaming, minutes, long distance, voicemail, caller ID, text) nor device subsidies (many operators still include $0-200 flagship devices on Canadian plans) which doesn't exactly level the playing field worldwide (every country has different strategies).
So grain of salt required - I pay half their "average". Is North America expensive? Yes! Do I want 11GB/$? Also yes! (Although India's low price could be a side effect of the Reliance Industries investment fever)
Watching the telecom oligopoly respond to any efforts to make the market more competitive is a masterclass in gaslighting, corporate doublespeak. Quite disgusting how we continue to allow them to get away with it and fail to hold politicians accountable for not fixing this problem.
I'm sure it could be cheaper if your constraint was "only works in the 5 boros of New York City" versus "everywhere in the country", but it doesn't seem like people would buy that plan.
With only three major carriers due to them all merging together.
> The prices are set so that you can use data in the middle of nowhere (or more realistically, along a freeway that runs through the middle of nowhere), or inside a large city.
Is that even the majority of use cases?
> but it doesn't seem like people would buy that plan.
If the pricing were similar to current plans, I doubt they would either.. but I also doubt the smaller carriers wouldn't be offering steep price competition in their particular markets.
I think the reason doesn't happen is because internet service is similarly monopolized in America, often by the same wireless companies, so even if you could stand a smaller carrier up, you would get crushed on the back-end by your competition.
It's not, but consumers tend to insist on paying the same price no matter where. There used to be US carriers who offered rate plans with a low price in major metro areas, with a surcharge added for use in rural areas. The product made sense to me, but they ultimately didn't last long.
I think it's similar to the psychology of choosing to pay $50/mo for a 15GB/mo rate plan in order to ensure you never pay an overage charge, when you could do $30/mo for a 5GB/mo plan but get dinged $15 for an extra GB every other month. Big picture, we're talking $600 per year vs $450 per year, but that's not how human psychology works. Instead, we react to those six extra gigabytes costing $15 apiece, and choose to instead buy a bunch of gigabytes we won't use because the lower unit price gives us warm fuzzy feelings.
The numbers are (slightly) made up, but the situation isn't: My partner and I compulsively re-do this calculation in our heads 5 or 6 times a year, every time we get zinged with an overage charge and have another conversation about changing our rate plan. We know it's a waste of time, but we do it anyway, because dark patterns are powerful tools of manipulation.
 places like Colombia, Mozambique, Latvia, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, and Brazil, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependen...
For Australia, it quotes an amount equivalent to 1AUD. (All subsequent prices I quote will be in AUD.)
If you want to buy only 1GB, you’ll almost invariably find it costs you $10; under some schemes it might be $15, and $8.80 is probably the cheapest around at present.
As you get more data, it rapidly drops to the vicinity of $2/GB.
But broadly speaking, you’ll only be able to get down to $1/GB once you’re buying more than about 35GB/month on the Optus network, or more than about 50GB/month on the Telstra network.
And sure, it does continue to drop beyond that point; if you’re wanting something like 100–150GB of data, it can get down to 50–70¢ (Optus/Telstra) per GB, though you may have to shop around to find that. And there are definitely outliers, mostly in specials (e.g. I can currently find 28¢/GB, becoming 38¢/GB after six months, so long as you want 100GB), but I think the figures I quote are representative of the general trend.
So yeah, this does feel as though it matches the data from the original source according to their methodology, but it certainly doesn’t tell the full story, and I feel that as presented it’s more than a little misleading, specifically because internet access and supply patterns vary so much by region. Access, because different parts of the world use the internet in different ways. And supply, because in some places mobile data will typically be augmenting other internet access routes (e.g. home internet supplies 100GB/month, so you only want 1GB/month of mobile data) while in others that infrastructure doesn’t exist, and everything is going through mobile data (so perhaps you’d like a whole 100GB on your mobile plan). Also, any semblance of unlimited access (which you get in some parts of the world, though not Australia for mobile data) really throw a spanner in the works.
My conclusion is that these numbers aren’t all comparable. It’s comparing apples and oranges: quite different so that you have no proper grounds of comparison, but both are fruit, so you can still kinda compare them. I like red apples. I don’t like oranges. I do like orange juice.
For Australian mobile data cost research: https://www.finder.com.au/mobile-plans/compare-sim-only?plan...
If the above is accurate, that bodes well for starlink.
This way they are pretty independent of the general infrastructure and often work even if the area around is under water due to flooding (I remember a case where they had to deliver fuel for generators powering a base station that ended up effectively on an island).
But as you point out, the difference in actual cost is not as huge. In Cambodia it was $1USD per week for 80Gb of data, because of the insane deals all the providers were doing. But a decent middle-class wage for a Cambodian is around $500/month (so roughly 1% average salary). In Australia the average wage is around $4000USD/month, but data costs you somewhere around $30/month for a monthly plan (roughly the same 1% of salary, but for a lot less data). Not sure what the average salary for Germany is, but I'm paying $12USD (approx) per month for an 8Gb plan. It feels about 1% of average salary considering all the other costs.
They could've used some permutation of x, y and area to represent "cost of 1GB", "number of telecoms" and "average speed". But alas.
You can read test methodology here: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/assets.cable.co.uk/mobile...
Plus illimited calls, sms, mms. Beyond 30 Gbps you are illimited, but with a lower speed (not sure which, probably EDGE)
No idea how these prices are calculated, but when I was still in Italy, I paid $15/mo. and only had 2GB. In contrast, here in Poland I pay $6/mo. and I get 20GB.
Also, I've never seen an infographic as confusing as this one.
Extremely bad job all around.
1. Packages were recorded up to a maximum of 60 per country – records beyond this number have negligible impact on the average
2. Averages are calculated as the MEDIAN of all recorded package prices/data limits
But It doesn't mean most citizen will use median plan, I believe everyone will tend to use cheapest plan. Is average number really meaningful?