Canadians pay more for mobile services than most in G7 nations, Australia

TORONTO – A CRTC report says Canadians pay some of the highest prices for mobile phones compared to those living in the other G7 nations and Australia.

Canadians paid the most for entry-level wireless service of 150 minutes, shelling out an average of $41.08, according to the study. Nordicity prepared the report, which surveyed several service providers in six Canadian cities as well as some in the other nations.

In Germany, where entry-level service is the least expensive, people pay $17.15 on average, according to the report.

Canadian services claimed the second- or third-highest price for the five other higher-service options studied, like unlimited talk and text with five GB of data.

The report found Canadians’ wallets received a reprieve when paying for land lines. Canadians were among those paying the least for fixed home phones.

But Canadians found themselves among those paying the most for fixed and mobile Internet.

This is the ninth year the CRTC has commissioned the study to compare Canadian prices with those of the U.S., U.K., France, Australia, Japan, Germany and Italy.