Comparing Phone Data Prices

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  1. CNiper

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    Canada has notoriously high data prices.

    Public companies usually point to Canada's geography and sparse population as a means of justification. The narrative is basically, we have to charge what we have to charge to make a profit. Fiber cables over the rocky mountains don't build themselves for free.

    However, there are two provinces with crown owned phone carriers. SaskTel in Saskatchewan, and MTS in Manitoba. When private carriers have to compete with these public entities, the result is the consumer benefiting enormously.

    In Alberta for example, without any special deals, 10$ will get you 1gb of data. In Saskatechewan, 10$ will get you 9gb of data. In Manitoba, if your phone plan is over 75$ a month, you get unlimited provincial wide data with no cap.

    These two provinces, combined, have a population of 2.5 million, their geography is just as diverse and the area just as huge as in other provinces.


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    Yet, public companies, charging the same rate as crown owned entities, are still in these markets, and they are still making a profit. Its amazing how free market values in thought will drive down prices, but in actual fact if a bunch of people want to gather around and keep raking in the money, they will continue to do that, and without any other options, the consumer will continue to pay.

    I pay 85$ a month for my phone plan, which has unlimited Canada wide talk & text, with 2 Gb of data. I frequently go over. If I lived in Manitoba, I could tinder until my fingers fell off and never be charged a cent more.

    So Diplo, how much does your phone carrier charge you for data, and where do you live?
    You can compare against this here -
    https://www.whistleout.ca/CellPhones/Guides/How-much-does-a-phone-plan-cost-around-the-world
    You can also see the Canadian state media watchdog, the CRTC, report here - http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/wall2015/rp150618.htm
     
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    In BC, my phone plan costs $35 a month, unlimited Canada wide talk & text but only 100mb of data. I just jew my way into cafe's and use their internetz if I need to.
     
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    7€ for 2GB internet, free calls and texting. Eventhough nobody texts in Germany anymore.
     
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    My phone plan is about 70 euros a month which includes 11GB and the phone/service costs.

    If I buy extra GB then it costs me 5 euros for every GB.

    There are less expensive providers out there though.
     
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    I get around 500MB of data, with 1GB free every time I top up. I usually pay $19/month. 5GB or more in NZ usually costs upward of $60 - 70 a month with a plan.
     
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    I pay 15$ for free calls and texting with 1,2 GB internet
     
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    My wife is a data hog and I have a 3 phone plan (I have my mom on my plan)

    I pay $190 a month for 3 lines with 10GB of data. This is for the best mobile coverage you can get in the DC area, my calls never drop compared to other companies I've tried. I could switch to a cheaper company but my quality of life has improved significantly since I stopped getting dropped calls.

    I remember having a bad attitude with my mom before I brought her on my plan because her mobile coverage sucked, so her calls would always drop and it would drive me insane. I think our relationship has improved significantly since I switched her over to my plan.
     
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    Holy shit these prices in this thread though.
     
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