Why Data Roaming Costs so Much

I can’t be the only one who thinks the internet is so expensive when going International right? I mean it is ridiculous! The price for international roaming ranges from $15 dollars a day to $50 dollars a day. If you stay for a week that’s $100-$350 for internet. I mean we have to be realistic… everyone wants internet while on vacation to post selfies and pictures of their food on Snap Chat and Instagram because that’s the world that we live in now..

I started thinking, there has to be a reason for this right? Like the reason why airplane tickets are so expensive is because of the fuel needed to get the customers from one place to another and the maintenance of the aircraft. So, there has to be a reason why cell phone companies charge so  much for international roaming.

I did some digging. According to David Meyer, data roaming charges vary between operators.

To make it easier, the reason why charges are so expensive is simple. When you are two different countries there are two different carriers that are involved. Both carriers (operators) run smoothly with no laws or regulations but they do have long term agreements. Carriers charge different prices for different countries so planning ahead while booking a vacation may be good for your pocket if you are planning to use your cell phone. Charges for a phone call are around $3.00 a minutes and using data is even more, it’s ridiculous. Unfortunately customers will pay this price because they “need” their phone. Like I said, this is the world that we live in now, where we go crazy without our phone and going on vacation without it would be unimaginable. It’s a pure monopoly and it sucks for an average person but we time and time again pay for it.

The problem with the argument is operators don’t build their networks for foreign visitors; they build them for their domestic customers. Most have already made their money back. “Roaming charges are prohibitive, very expensive if you compare them with local charges, and there’s no reason why those prices should be that high.”

There are ways to save though. Honestly not a lot… but there are some steps you can do before going on your trip overseas so your tiny cell phone doesn’t brake your bank account. Some carriers have international plans that allow the customer to just “switch” over to the specific countries data plan. It still gets expensive, mostly for calls though. So using the internet in the long run isn’t that bad. Getting a sim-card and finding a local hotspot for WiFi will allow for you to save money as well.


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