Mobility

International Mobile Data Roaming

Date Added: May 2011
Format: PDF

This paper examines the pricing of international mobile data roaming. It continues the work undertaken on the pricing of voice and SMS international mobile roaming services. The paper finds that data roaming prices are very high compared to domestic rates in the country of origin. Average prices per MB are between USD 6 and USD 10, if the average price in the country of origin of the traveller, across OECD countries, is considered. If the least expensive destination for a given country of origin is selected, the average price drops from USD 6 to USD 2.5, which is still several times more expensive than comparable domestic use.