Verizon Wireless 4G & 5G are 5,000–33,000% More Expensive Per GB than Vodafone UK; Others Worldwide. Why?

  • In France and Italy we found carriers offering the Triple Play for $35.00 (29.99 Euros) vs America’s $126.00 for the start (counting taxes, fees and surcharges). During year one, the US is paying almost $100 a month extra — $1,200 a year,
  • After the promotions end, the prices go up and the triple play in the US is over $200.00; We are overpaying $160 a month — $1,900 a year.
  • Using Verizon 5G and the Orange 70 GB wireless, shows that the US is overpaying $66 extra a month or $800 a year.
  • Comparing Vodafone, the US doesn’t have 1000+ GB allowances for basic wireless, but it is clear that those who are harmed are the low-volume users.
  • Cost Per Gig is the real problem. Verizon’s services charge between $1.80 and $11.00 per GB, while Vodafone’s services are $.03 and $.04 cents, respectively, and overall it came to over 5,000% to 33,000% percent difference.
  • The pandemic has exposed that there are major holes in the deployment of high speed broadband. As the school year starts, there are many households that don’t have broadband because it isn’t available or because they can’t afford it.
  • Verizon claims that 5G and wireless should be a substitute for the fiber optic networks or be used in rural areas. Based on these prices and America’s usage of the communications networks, with these data restrictions, families will use up the basic package, or won’t be able to afford it.
  • But the real issue is –Why are Verizon et al. pricing so out of whack, or the amount of GB so paltry, or the services allowed to be called “Unlimited? Vodafone’s prices for wireless are standard or even a bit high for most of Europe; but it is a land where “unlimited” actually means no blocking or slowing down of the service. In this case it means over 1000GB for $30+ bucks.
  • Verizon Wireless has been able to divert billions of the wireline construction budgets to pay for the wireless networks at the expense of not upgrading cities and states.
  • Moreover, Verizon controls the wireline networks, which include the networks and services known as ‘backhaul’ which are the guts of the networks and used for data or the wires to the cell sites.)
  • This creates the high profits of the wireless business, but also the ability to keep all prices inflated via inflated backhaul prices.
  • Rewriting the English language (or the meaning in all languages) has occurred by the phone companies who believe no one is looking or minds that their unlimited is really ‘restricted’ or ‘confined’.

STOP USING THE WORD “UNLIMITED”.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/unlimited

adjective

  • “The COVID-19 pandemic changed broadband usage patterns in substantial ways, perhaps permanently
  • Average consumption at the end of first quarter, 2020 (1Q20) jumped to 402.5 GB, an increase of 47% over the 1Q19 average of 273.5 GB and a 17% rise over the 344.0 GB in 4Q19.
  • The areas of sharpest growth during 1Q20 were power users of 1 TB or more and extreme power users of 2 TB or more. The percentage of subscribers who were power users in 1Q20 reached 10.0%, an increase of 138% over the 4.2% of power users in 1Q19.

Let it sink in. — $15 bucks going to $23 bucks for 70 GB. We just saw Verizon’s $35 and $55 package with only 5GB. — 14 Times Less GB; nearly double the cost.

  • SUM: $225.00 a month extra — 300% more a month — that’s $2,700 a year.
  • “The median smartphone plan gigabyte price… in the US was 14 times higher.”
  • “The median gigabyte price of 5G mobile and wireless home broadband plans — most of which packed truly unlimited volume — was 0.05 EUR/GB

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bruce kushnick

bruce kushnick

New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.