Break out the violins, pals. I’m going to depress you with more talk about us Canadians and the battle we’ve got going on with the data pricing available to us. Fellow blogger and fellow Canadian Thomas Purves has just pieced together a nice little package for us to give a once over in regards to what he calls the “travesty of Canadian mobile data rates”.
Canada, as it turns out, is worse than third world countries when it comes to our pricing – and that just blows my mind. Check out these numbers and the coinciding chart after the jump. Maybe some folks will finally understand where we’ve been coming from all this time.
500MB is about 100 minutes of usage at a Canadian Carrierâ€™s maximum (advertised) download speed of 700kB/s (your mileage will vary, International carriers are typically twice or four times faster). 500MB is not a lot of data in the grand scheme of things, a few GB could make a better example but in that case the red bars would be completely off the charts.
If you donâ€™t live in Canada but you or your small business depends on mobile connectivity or net neutrality in general, donâ€™t come here.