US iPad Data Cost Versus The World: We Lose

It's one thing to compare how much downloads cost you across various US carriers. Here's how the US iPad data plan stacks up against what the rest of the world pays. It's not pretty.

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It's one thing to compare how much downloads cost you across various US carriers. Here's how the US iPad data plan stacks up against what the rest of the world pays. It's not pretty.

This interactive visualisation, created by Tableau Software, shows just how much (in $/GB) iPad data plans cost through its various international carriers. While we're not nearly as bad off as France, it's possible to to get a data plan in the UK for one-fifth the cost, per GB, of the US. In Singapore, the cheapest plan is 20x less expensive than here.

Of course, a lot of factors go into these numbers that don't necessarily show up on an interactive chart. But in terms of raw data, it's hard not to feel a little squeezed. Oh, well. At least we're not Belgian.

AU: Something seems a bit weird here: Telstra and Optus are the same price, and both are cheaper than Vodafone and 3? Anyone want to do the maths and check those stats for us? -NB

[Thanks, Ross!]