Where are the cheapest and most expensive countries to own a mobile phone?


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Eight in 10 people in the developing world own a mobile phone, but the cost of using mobiles varies significantly. The 2016 World Development Report explores the impact of the Internet and mobiles on human development.

If you're interested in exploring this data a bit further, I put together a dashboard using the original data source (Table 4.2 in the ITU's Measuring the Information Society 2015 - PDF link). Since extracting data from a PDF isn't always error free, I take responsibility for any "transcription errors" - but having looked it over a couple of times, I don't see anything obviously amiss. 

Alex Blum
March 07, 2016

This is interesting data. The % of Monthly GNI is the most relevant in my opinion. What would be even more interesting to me is the cost for the same amount of data across countries to compare, rather than just how much people spend on phone service i.e. The cost for 1MB of data in Ireland vs 1MB of data in Lesotho. I think this would speak more directly to how "costly" data is across countries.

Tariq Khokhar
March 07, 2016

Thanks Alex, agree that the % of GNI figures are most interesting. I also agree it would be good to show relative data costs as well - do you know of any good and comparable sources of data? 

Tony Gray
May 05, 2016

Interesting and useful indeed. BTW I can't find Poland on the dashboard.

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