Wireless roaming charges set by Canada's telcos among the world's highest

As if you weren't getting gouged enough for your wireless service at home, you're also getting gouged abroad.

A new survey from the OECD reveals that the average amount Canadians are charged for using a single megabyte of data while roaming is double the global average. Double.

What the research also discovered was that the introduction of new competition into the sector—Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, etc.—has changed the landscape for voice services dramatically, but has done little to alter the market for wireless data. The Big Three of Rogers, Telus, and Bell, for example, have actually raised data rates in many instances since the entrants arrived, instead of lowering them as was expected when the startup wireless carriers burst onto the scene.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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