AUSTRALIA’S high cost and high price of cell phones means Australians pay more for the same service than other countries, according to the latest government figures.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that a household in Sydney paid $908.40 for a basic plan with no international roaming charges last year, or $746.70 for a three-month plan with $30 roaming charges, compared with $1,084.80 in the United States.
That’s up $10 on last year’s figures, when Australians spent about $1.13 per month on cell phone plans in Australia, the lowest of any country in the world.
While most Australians’ monthly cost of their cell phone plan is in the $10 range, that’s the same as the average for other developed countries.
In contrast, in Japan and Switzerland, households spend about $3 and $4 per month, respectively, on their basic plan, which includes no international service.
The ATS also found that the average monthly cost for a standard cell phone in Australia is about $80, compared to about $50 in the US and about $30 in Japan.
The cost of a basic phone in Japan was almost double that in Australia.