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What’s It Worth To You? Comparing Wireless Pricing in 14 Countries

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The fiercely competitive nature of the United States wireless marketplace continues to fuel cutting-edge innovation, providing American consumers with the newest and most advanced mobile technologies. As growth in the wireless sector evolves, consumers stand to reap far-reaching benefits of this dynamic mobile economy.

A new study by Mobile Future and Roger Entner of Recon Analytics finds that Americans consume more than five times the wireless services at more affordable rates than those in key countries around the world. The analysis compares consumer spending data from 14 countries and pricing data from 56 service providers in Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Among the key findings of the report, the United States is:

  • #1 in Overall Value: From 2007 to 2010, consumer spending on wireless voice and data combined has dropped more than $4 per month.
  • #1 in Lowest Per-Minute Costs: U.S. consumers get significantly more “bang for their buck” with one minute of average work earnings buying 19 minutes of talk time – nearly four times more than the second most affordable country, Finland where one minute of work buys 5 minutes of talk time.
  • #1 in Mobile Voice Usage: In 2010 Americans talked 875 minutes per month on their mobile devices—more than the next two most talkative countries combined—Canada (375 minutes) and Israel (360 minutes).
  • #1 in consumption: Americans consume more wireless minutes, messages and data than anywhere else while paying less than nearly all the countries surveyed.