Moreover, the prices in the United States are going up, even though they’re dropping around the world.
According to the 2014 International Market Communications Report, the latest mobile trends show that people in the United States are paying more for their wireless service than any other country studied within this report.
What’s more, unlike the majority of other countries that were examined, the prices are only going up.
The report was issued by as UK regulator – the Office of Communications, also called Ofcom – in order to examine mobile trends such as the prices being paid by subscribers in 18 total countries around the world. The analysis measured the average revenue on a monthly basis per mobile connection. The 18 countries spanned six different continents. What the report showed was that in 2013 in the United States, the average mobile customer paid approximately $47 per connection.
That amount was higher than the amount paid by customers in any other country studied by the mobile trends report.
Customers in Japan were the only ones who paid anywhere near that amount, last year. The majority of the countries surveyed in the report saw a monthly bill that was lower than $31 for their wireless services. Mobile subscribers in Poland, Brazil, Russia, China, India, and Nigeria all paid an average monthly bill that was less than $16.
Among the reasons that helped to explain why customers in the United States were paying more for their monthly mobile service than anyone else was that they were also among the highest data users when compared to other nations. Cisco data has revealed that the average mobile consumer in the U.S. used an average of 1.3 GB of data every month, last year. Comparatively, Europeans were using an average of 700 MB per month, last year. This represented under half of the usage by Americans. African and Middle Eastern customers were using an average of only 185 MB per month during 2013.
That said, while higher data usage helps to shed some light on why the mobile trends are for higher prices in the United States, what wasn’t explained was why the U.S. was among the few countries where the cost of mobile service was not falling.