Alex's Alliterative Adventures

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Land of the cheap

To ease my transition to Frankfurt, I grabbed a prepaid ja mobil SIM card from the local grocery store. Wireless internet from ja mobil costs €0.35/MB, which is about $0.53 Canadian. In comparison, Rogers (Canada’s only GSM cell phone provider) charges $0.05/KB without a plan. There are 1024 KB in a MB, so that works out to $51.20/MB. That’s right, wireless internet is almost 100 times cheaper in Germany than in Canada.

Hot damn.



2 Comments so far

  1. Felix November 11th, 2008 1:21 pm

    Hi Alex!

    Interesting thought, though you don’t seem to be used to European(!?) standards. Just as a comparison: In Austria we have one provider that charges 20 Euro for 15 GB of data. If you are below 27 you can save another 4 Euro. So that makes a little more than a Euro/GB. If you don’t want to sign a contract you can get 1GB for 20€ which is valid for 12 month. Cool, hm?

    I leave the task to you to compute the factor by which that is cheaper than Canadian-standards, but take care that your calculator doesn’t get fooled by an overflow ;).

    Have a good one, Felix

  2. Alex November 11th, 2008 2:48 pm

    So hold on, that’s internet on your cell phone, for 20 euro a gig? *whistles* hot hot damn.

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