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Cheapest 150Mbps broadband in big US cities costs 100% more than overseas

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A new study confirms what you might have expected: US customers are getting hosed when it comes to broadband speeds and prices.

 

The annoying trend holds true in both wired and wireless service. In the Cost of Connectivity 2013 report being released today by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, researchers note that "in larger US cities, we continue to observe higher prices for slower speeds… In the US for example, the best deal for a 150Mbps home broadband connection from cable and phone companies is $130/month, offered by Verizon FiOS in limited parts of New York City. By contrast, the international cities we surveyed offer comparable speeds for $77 or less per month, with most coming in at about $50/month. When it comes to mobile broadband, the cheapest price for around 2GB of data in the US ($30/month from T-Mobile) is twice as much as what users in London pay ($15/month from T-Mobile). It costs more to purchase 2GB of data in a US city than it does in any of the cities surveyed in Europe." The analysis compares costs across countries by using purchasing power parity exchange rates.


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I'd like to know which users in London pay "only" $15/month for 2 GB of data on their mobile.

 

Currently, on t-mobile's UK website that gets you only 500 MB, only a quarter of the service level expected. and that's for a SIM-only deal.

 

There are no 2 GB of data deals, 1GB costs around $18, and 3 GB comes in at about $25 at current exchange rates.

 

Maybe they mean something else?

 

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