Saint Louis, MO
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Re: Switched to Virgin
said by Telco:Those plans are pretty unique to the UK. What I find funny is that not only are the UK networks inherently smaller, their coverage is STILL lacking in many areas. For whatever reason, people conveniently "forget" that it costs more money to build a larger network in a MUCH larger country. Our population is 3x larger, but the land area where we demand coverage is... a bit more than 3x larger than the UK, etc.
$26 USD~ per month buys:
$40 USD~ per month:
5000 Three-to-Three minutes*
Cheapest - $11.40 USD
$35 USD~ per month
Unlimited - talk, texts, data
* Unlimited Incoming calls and text.
~ The price also includes taxes, fees etc; as the price does in every other developed country but us.
For an example of other countries, have a look at »www.t-mobile.de/iphone?device=iphone4s . To get unlimited SMS, minutes (to landlines, mobile-to-mobile, as well as other mobile networks) and a whopping 2GB of data you need to spend 100EUR/mo (~$130US). This is for a network the size of a single state, which does not offer any roaming within the country. And even to this day you'll find that much of the country is still covered with 2g. Considering far more people in Europe live in small towns and villages, that makes many European networks more appalling than US networks, considering more people live day-to-day with GPRS/EDGE or generally mediocre coverage than in the United States where our cities (and thus vast majority of population) is well covered.
Not all of Europe has low prices like the UK. Moreover, when you compare 3g rollouts in the United States to European networks, even smaller networks like T-Mobile and Sprint have more square miles covered with 3g than most European countries do.
Meanwhile, I'm paying $30US for 5GB of DC-HSPA+ data, 100 minutes, and unlimited texting. My wife is paying $45 for unlimited voice, unlimited texting, and 2GB of HSPA+ data.
Either way, anyone spending $100 for a single cell phone is a complete idiot.
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