What is the cost of 1 GB of Mobile Data Cost in each country?

With billions of people around the world using mobile phones every day, one question arise:

What Does 1GB of Mobile Data Cost in Every Country?

Admin note: this post was updated with image below.

See answer from Visual Capitalist:


Source: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/cost-of-mobile-data-worldwide/

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You have to take that graphic with a grain of salt. The intent may be good - but the content is false.

I operate a mobile network in Malawi and we certainly do not charge $27 per GB. The actual selling price is more like $0.40 per GB.

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I agree. But maybe it was not false the date of report:

Published 2 years ago on July 3, 2020

Anyone knows where can we find an updated report on this?

:slight_smile: it was also false on the day it was released 2 years ago

You are most welcome to check the actual pricing out: http://my.access.mw

Some insights from picture:

  • Equatorial Guinea has astronomical prices;

  • New Zealand coming in beside Syria at about 20th most expensive country in the World;

  • Why does NZ, with a similar population density as Finland have prices 3x as high?

  • India has one of the cheapest data rates globally.

Source: How much does 1GB of data cost across the world?

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Well, I already responded on LI to that post.

Let me repeat the same message here: It took 5 minutes to determinate that this data is incorrect by magnitudes. Any kind of conclusions or stories deduced from this kind of “data” is a complete waste of time.

Updated version for 2022:

The cost of 1GB of mobile data in 233 countries – UK ranks 59th in the world for cost of mobile data

:white_check_mark: 5,292 mobile data plans in 233 countries were gathered and analysed by Cable.co.uk to compare the cost of one gigabyte (1GB) of mobile data across the entire world

:white_check_mark: The UK comes in at 59th in the world, with 1GB of mobile data costing an average of USD 0.79

:white_check_mark: Israel is the cheapest country in which to buy mobile data, with the averagcost of 1GB at USD 0.04

:white_check_mark: The United States is one of the most expensive developed nations for purchasing mobile data, coming in 202nd in the world, with an average 1GB cost of USD 5.62

:white_check_mark: Saint Helena is the most expensive place in which to buy mobile data. The average cost of 1GB there is USD 41.06 – more than a thousand times more expensive than 1GB in chart-topper Israel

:white_check_mark: Five of the ten most expensive countries to buy mobile data are in sub-Saharan Africa. Island nations in Oceania and the Caribbean also tend to be among the
most expensive in the world

:white_check_mark: You can download the full data set, plus further insights, a detailed research methodology description, interactive tools and an interactive map via this study’s landing page

Source: https://www.cable.co.uk/mobiles/worldwide-data-pricing/2022/press_release_global_mobile_data_pricing_study_2022.pdf

Worldwide mobile data pricing: The cost of 1GB of mobile data in 237 countries

Measured June to September 2023

A global league table of mobile data costs. The average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) was calculated from over 5,600 mobile data plans worldwide.