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How much is mobile data worldwide?

February 20, 2019 · By James Cridland · 2.9 minutes to read

Data costs are important for podcasters, because they get in the way of listening to podcasts on the move; and important for internet radio broadcasters or streaming music, too. Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher all default to streaming podcasts (using your wifi or data plans).

There are plenty of websites out there showing really good deals for mobile data - but not very many people use them. Most just go with whatever their phone company offers them.

What we did

We found each country’s most popular mobile phone company, and on their website we looked for three SIM-only contract/postpaid plans:

We chose the above scales from what we have available in Australia.

Any “bonus” things that appeared to be special offers were included. We went for a 12 month contract where we could. We translated all the prices into US dollars.

Additionally, we’ve looked at the World Bank’s income-per-capita figures and given an equivalent of annual income.

These aren’t the best deals. They’re the available plans from the biggest mobile phone network in each country.

The plans

Australia: Telstra

Canada: Bell

United States of America: Verizon


Philippines: Globe

New Zealand: Vodafone

India: Airtel

Norway: Telenor

United Arab Emirates: Etisalat

Argentina: Claro

Malaysia: DiGi

Thailand: AIS


Oh, Canada! Yay, Australia.

—James is the Editor of Podnews, and was first involved in podcasting in January 2005.


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