Why no mobile Web 2.0 apps in Canada?

by alec on April 9, 2007

Really cool mobile data applications pop up all the time in Europe, the US, and Asia.  Canadians never seem to use them though.  Ever wonder why?  I'll give you a hint… wireless data plans are outrageously expensive here. 

Here's a chart, courtesy of ThomasPurves.com, which will show you just how expensive.  That's right, the cost to transfer 500M of data on Rogers is $1600.  The first 200 megs are $100, and then after that the price rises to a steep $5/M.   By jacking the price sky high on overage, the carrier can earn fat profits from the heaviest users.  Pretty nifty trick, isn't it?

Purves chart

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