Cell Phones | 07/10/2013

Brasil has most expensive cell phone rates on the planet

Study by International Telecommunications Union shows that in the country a one-minute call costs three times more than in the USA and five times more than in Spain

By Gabriela Ruic,
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Man using iPhone: in Brazil, one cell phone minute costs much more than in countries like Spain and the United States

São Paulo – Speaking on a cell phone in Brazil can be three times more expensive in the United States and up to five times more expensive than in Spain.  This fact was published this morning by the International Union of Telecommunications (UIT) in its annual report.

According to the study, published early by the Estadão newspaper, Brazilians pay 0,71 dollars per minute, at peak hours, for calls made between numbers from the same service provider.  This price, however, goes up to 0,74 dólar when users are making a phone call to a different service provider.  In Hong Kong, for example, the cell phone minute costs 0,01 dollars outside the peak hours.


In spite of being very far from having the cheapest rates when it comes to cell phones, the report pointed out that there have been considerable advances in the country when the subject is internet access.

According to the UIT, the amount of connected homes in the country went up from 38% to 45% between 2011 and 2012. When it comes to access to wireless connections, the advance grew from 22% in 2011 to 37% last year.

The amount of cell phones per every one hundred Brazilians also went up from 2011 to 2012.  According to UIT, the country has an average 125 cell phones for every one hundred Brazilians.  The previous year, this number was no higher than 119.


The study revealed an image of the perspectives related to internet access through mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The expectation is that, until 2013, there were 6.8 billion mobile internet plans acquired worldwide and nearly 2.7 billion people who were connected to the internet.

Digital Natives

UIT also analyzed the participation of the so-called “digital natives”, or young people between 15 and 24 years of age with more than 5 years experience online.  According to the numbers gathered by the study, of the 7 billion people on the planet, 363 million may fit into this category.  In the so-called developed countries, among the 145 million young people who use the internet, 86.3% received this title.  In the developing countries, less than half of the 503 million young people online are a part of this group.

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