America’s Wireless Service Prices Are 5–20 Times More Expensive than Overseas. Why?

  • Overseas, wireless “truly unlimited” means over 1000 GB for $35 bucks.
  • US big “unlimited” plans are just deceptive and are capped, usually 50 GB.
  • On these plans, America has been overcharged over $50 a month.
  • Price per GB for unlimited plans in America $1.65; Overseas it is 7 cents.
  • The monthly price for 5G mobile broadband was about $35 dollars; 4G was half that, about $17.00 and the unlimited plans, with over 1000 GB, came to $27 for 4G and $43 for 5G.
  • The basic unlimited plans come with only 50GB and costs about $70–90, (though there are discounts for multiple lines)
  • $35.00 ‘prepaid’ service with 5 GB, comes to $7.00 per GB.
  • $55.00 ‘metered’, non-unlimited service with 5 GB is $11.00 a GB.
  • ‘Data Boost’ to add 1 GB is $15.00.
  • Low volume per GB average was $9.00, not counting taxes, fees and surcharges.
  • ALWAYS ROUNDED UP: Talk about a shell game; why is America paying for a ‘full GB’ when they may use a fraction of their plan allowance. If the ‘Data Boost’ for 1 GB is $15.00, if the customer uses 1/2 — why will they still pay the full freight?
  • Verizon’s average price per GB for unlimited came to 2,256% more than the EU average price.
  • Verizon’s average price for these plans are $1.65 per GB vs $.07 cents.
  • Verizon’s monthly overcharge of the plan fees are $51.58 a month, coming to $619.00 a year
  • The average EU pricing, including ‘truly’ unlimited, was $32.92 vs Verizon’s $82.50 (and this does not include the various taxes, made up fees and surcharges added to the Verizon bills).
  • The ‘truly limited’ plans supply over 1000GB per month;
  • Verizon’s fake unlimited is usually 50 GB.
  • If you wanted 1000GB (which is not even available), you would be paying $1700.00 a month.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Bruce Kushnick

Bruce Kushnick


New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 40 years, and I have been playing the piano for 65 years.