Some of us can remember when mobile phones were the size of bricks and cost four figures. Likewise, there was a time when the United States trailed most other developed nations in wireless service penetration. That isn’t the case anymore, of course.
The United States wireless industry offers subscribers the lowest revenue per minute of all OECD countries. Also, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, average revenue per minute is nearly 70 percent lower than the averages of the other 25 countries.
Average revenue per minute is nearly 70 percent lower than the average European country.
As a result, the average wireless consumer in Europe used just 172 minutes a month compared to 793 minutes a month for the typical U.S. consumer.
The U.S. market also is the largest mobile data market and also has the most mobile Internet users, according to Nielsen Mobile.”