“In Italy, which has some of the cheapest data plans in the world, checking your Twitter feed will cost you a dime, compared to 15 cents in Canada, which is one of the most expensive places in the world to refresh an app,” explains The Markup.
In a table titled “What You Get for Your Money in Canada,” we rank among the most expensive of the 28 countries tested.
Despite being the most expensive, Canada ranks second with France and Sweden when it comes to the speed required to load a 2.9MB website in 0.9 seconds. South Korea, Norway and Australia are three points for first place at 0.6 seconds.
“In Canada, despite the recent introduction of unlimited plans, the overwhelming majority of plans still have data limits. Because Canada has such a large landmass, new companies are struggling to establish reliable national networks, ”says The Markup.
“As a result, only three national networks exist and may charge additional fees for this coverage. However, some costs vary by region. Residents of Saskatchewan, for example, have access to the cheapest plans from SaskTel because the network provider only offers service in that province, ”the website adds.
Charts compare “How much does it cost to …”
- Visit a website size (2.9MB) based on average website size according to HTTP Archive, July 2020.
- Check Twitter size (12MB) based on data usage after two minutes of browsing according to Canstar Blue analysis.
- Listen to a podcast (31.1MB) based on average podcast length and average podcast size per minute. Data from Pacific Content.
- Watch an hour of Netflix (1 GB) based on the maximum size of one hour of standard definition video according to Digital Trends.
Of those four tests, Canada ranked the most expensive based on mobile data prices in a 2019 Cable.co.uk study.