Wireless Costs Around the Globe

Billshrink did a study of their data and found that US subscribers pay more on average for monthly wireless use than subscribers in the other countries they evaluated. The average revenue per user in the US is $53/mo per Billshrink’s data. Compare this to Sweden and Finland where the ARPU is $11/mo. The next costliest country for wireless service was Spain at $42/mo. Not ironically, most of the cheaper countries have better services and more advanced handsets. They also tend to be smaller in land mass which may contribute to cost efficiency. One benefit may be that the carriers can afford to pay more for cell site leases.

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