March 26, 2019

India cheaper than UK and US for mobile data

A study of how much people pay for mobile data worldwide revealed that UK residents pay some of the highest rates in Europe.

Cable.co.uk, a price comparison site, conducted the research. It found that India was the country with the cheapest cost for one gigabyte (GB) of data at $0.26 (£0.20). Kyrgyzstan ranked second at $0.27 (£0.205), while Kazakhstan came in third at $0.49 (£0.37).

By comparison, the cost for 1GB of data in the UK is $6.66 (£5.05).

The rate in the US is one of the most expensive, with an average rate of $12.37 (£9.37).

Dan Howdle, a telecoms analyst with cable.co.uk, called the results “disappointing”.

“Despite a healthy UK marketplace, our study has uncovered that EU nations such as Finland, Poland, Denmark, Italy, Austria and France pay a fraction of what we pay in the UK for similar data usage. It will be interesting to see how our position is affected post-Brexit,” he said.

The study ranked the cost of mobile data in 230 countries worldwide. The UK ranks in 136th place, with an average cost of 1GB worldwide at $8.53 (£6.46).

Finland has the least expensive mobile data rate in Western Europe at an average cost of $1.16 (£0.88). Italy, Monaco and Denmark all offer plans costing less than $2.00 (£1.52). In Western Europe, 15 countries have cheaper rates than in the UK.

Poland has the cheapest rate in Eastern Europe at $1.32 (£1.00) for 1GB, followed by Romania and Slovenia at $1.89 (£1.43) and $2.21 (£1.67) respectively.

The most expensive country for mobile data is Zimbabwe at an average of $75.20 (£56.98), which is 289 times more expensive than India.