We already know that India is one of the cheapest countries when it comes to Mobile call rates – But lets have a look at exactly how does it compare to other countries in the world. You would actually be quite surprised seeing the mobile rates of some of the western countries – They are probably 100 times more than what we pay.
The recently released survey by New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) compared the costs and types of mobile cell phone packages available to consumers around the world.
Worldwide Voice Call Charges Comparison
Do you know that Canadians pay more than 70 times the price we pay for voice calls! Canadians are charged roughly 15 rupees per minute and they are charged both ways (outgoing as well as incoming calls). Japan also has higher call rates, but they are not charged for receiving calls. USA and UK again have call rates which are about 15 to 30 times higher than India.
If you think about pre-paid plans the charges are even higher. Think about it, a Japanese pre-paid mobile user pays about 45 rupees per minute !
Worldwide Data Charges Comparison
India is again one of the lowest if you compare per mb cost to the mobile user. While Japanese mobile users pay the highest. If you compared Unlimited data plans, Canadian Mobile users pay about 3000 rupees while in India it is in 1000 rupee range. Sweden has the lowest average mobile data charges amongst all the countries.
When it comes to prepaid Data plans, US Mobile users have to pay through the nose – roughly about 450 rupees per MB of data transfer!
Worldwide SMS / Text Charges Comparison
Again, India is the cheapest when it comes to SMS / Text charges, but other countries are comparable as well. Most of countries offer SMS / Text rates between 1 cent to about 10 cents on average. However, for unlimited SMS /text services India is cheaper than most other countries by a large margin.
All in all, we should be really happy that our Mobile services are so cheap and probably the primary reason for the telecom revolution that we are witnessing in India today.