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Old 10-16-2010, 07:00 PM
Jon Westfall
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Default Not Always Better in North America: US & Canada Pay More for Wireless

"Mobile users in the US and Canada tend to pay more for a complete cell phone package than anyone else in the world, according to a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI). The foundation examined the different types of mobile packages in various countries in order to determine the minimum cost for voice minutes, texting, and data, and found that-surprise!-countries with more competition and more regulation tended to have the best pricing."

An interesting piece by Ars Technica highlighting a recently released report showing that those in the US and Canada pay the highest prices for cell phones and plans relative to the rest of the world. Since US is just now starting to have some saturation with Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) data plans from companies like T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile Broadband, I'd agree that we have some catching up to do. Hopefully lowering prices will result!

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Old 10-16-2010, 08:07 PM
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Actually Broadband is even worse: in my apartment in Rome, Italy I have 50MB down and 10MB up, no caps, phone service, long distance, answering machine etc. for �40/month.
If I was living there all the time I would get 100MB download for �55/month or 1GB for �100/month.
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:03 AM
Nurhisham Hussein
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I remember ranting about this a few years ago. Nothing's changed it seems.

Here's a good research paper on the why:
"A planner is a gentle man, with neither sword nor pistol.
He walks along most daintily, because his balls are crystal."
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