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  •  We're ahead in cell phones (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, davidincleveland

    Don't envy Europe's cell phone mess.  Americans use their cell phones on average about three times as much as Europeans.  The trick is that European cell phones are on "calling party pays", and so calls to cell phones are very expensive (though the EC is pushing it downwards).  So nobody calls up a cell phone to chat, and the cell phone monthly bill is subsidized by the callers.  

    Then there's the real mess with roaming in Europe, where you can get hit by preposterous charges for taking your phone across member-state lines.  Again, the EC is using regulatory pressure to reduce that, but it has been a large part of their economic model.

    In the US, it's mobile party pays, with few roaming charges within the US, and that has pushed down total cellular rates, though the whole thing is paid by the cell phone customer, not people who call him (and hang up quickly).

    •  So I went online shopping for UK mobile plans (0+ / 0-)

      and immediately found one for 3000 minutes, 5000 texts and 3GB data for £17/mth = $28.56/month.

      No extra charges for calling cell phones -- just a plan with extremely generous voice, text and data allocations for less than the price of an ultrabudget plan in the US.

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      by atana on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 05:55:37 PM PDT

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      •  The charges are levied on others (0+ / 0-)

        The plan you saw no doubt gives you a mobile-phone number, which in Europe is a distinct number, like a 900 number here.  So you can make 3000 minutes of calls, but anybody who calls you will pay through the nose.  That's where they make their money.  They want subscribers who can receive calls.

        And if you happen to leave the Kingdom, and, say, take your phone and its SIM card to France or Ireland or the Netherlands, those 3000 minutes don't count.

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