24-01-2005, 06:55 AM
for a cost overview of data via cellphones.
25-01-2005, 12:17 AM
OK, my German isn't great, but if I am reading things correctly it looks like the cheapest package is just under 100 Euros for half a Gig which is approx R1600 per Gig, then out of bundle rates look like about R6 per MB billed in 100KB increments.
Compared to R600 / GB and R2 / MB (after Feb 1st) billed by the byte and rounded to the nearest cent (if previous billing rules apply and I understood them correctly) Germany seems a bit expensive.
I know, I know - cost of living and relative purchasing power and Germans earn more and blah blah blah. But then, from the europeans I know (mine are in Ireland but still use Euros) 200 Euros is A LOT of money.
I think what also needs to be borne in mind, and it was alluded to elsewhere on the forum, in Europe a lot of the 3G tariffs are priced at what is perceived to be the premium end of the market (especially when compared to the prices for fixed broadband access) but then 3G is not necessarily being sold as a replacement for the fixed broadband market, it is a mobile product and thus priced as a premium mobile product.
And, have you seen the prices in the UK???? (From Vodafone website - 3G pricing)
Package Monthly cost Data included Additional charge per MB
Low £11.75 5MB £2.35
Medium £23.50 75MB £1.76
High £53.00 450MB £0.88
Power £88.13 1000MB £0.59
These are scary prices to me!!!
Even earning a "pounds" salary this would be a lot of money since the average household income in the UK is somewhere around £25K p/a (source http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=334 )
Having said all that, it would be nice if the 3G services were cheaper, and more importantly, available over a wider area - but then this is a big country by European standards.
25-01-2005, 09:39 AM
The rule in Germany is fixed telecommunications is cheap and mobile expensive. Why? There are 4 GSM networks but with fixed line all you need is a telephone line to access hundreds of callbycall operators or ISP. Look at www.billiger-telefonieren.de for call prices and http://www.billiger-surfen.de/ for internet access. For South Africa PSTN to PSTN call charges, there are 117 operators lists cheapest EUR0.0489 most expensive EUR1.19 & Deutsche Telekom EUR1.359.