CRTC: Canada’s Cellphone Rates Rank Among Highest in G7

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According to a new study commissioned by the CRTC, Canadians continue to pay some of the highest rates for wireless phone service among all G7 countries.

The study, which was carried out by Nordicity Group for the telecom regulator, found that Canadians looking for 150 minutes of monthly mobile service paid more than consumers in every other G7 country and Australia. The average entry-level plan in Canada costs $41.08 a month.

In comparison, the cheapest plan in all of the G7 countries costs $17.15 per month in Germany.

When Canadians need more service (450 minutes of wireless service and 300 text messages) they fared a bit better than some other countries. Canadians paid an average of $48.77 per month for that level of service, while U.S. customers paid an average of $51.64 per month. In this case, French wireless customers paid the least with an average cost of $24.17 per month.

At each of four other levels of higher-service options, topping out at unlimited talk and text and 10GB of data, Canadians were paying the second-highest price among the eight countries looked at by the study.

[via The Financial Post]

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  • Zul Rizvi

    Thats why we need more competition and CRTC must allow foreign companies to come in local market.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    WOW! That’s some revelation!

  • Wall Man

    And in other news, water is wet. Film at eleven.

  • Larry

    Duh!

  • Kael

    How many studies and comparisons have been done?! All the big 3 do it raise prices, like they just did.

  • OliChabot

    I think CRTC wants foreign companies to come, its the companies that doesn’t.

  • FragilityG4

    Can they study why the telecom eco system in foreign countries continue to offer better plans than us? That would be more productive. We already know we’re getting screwed, why is the question.

  • Zul Rizvi

    CRTC is government controlled so if they want they can bring it regardless of what big 3 suckers has to say

  • OliChabot

    What I’m saying is that foreign companies are not interested in coming in Canada.