Why Do Cell Phone Bills Cost So Much In The U.S.?

Why Do Cell Phone Bills Cost So Much In The U.S.?

The average American spent $1,218 for cell phone service in 2019. That comes out to just over $100 per month. Check out the video to find out why you may be paying so much for your phone service and what you can do to save some money.

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Why Do Cell Phone Bills Cost So Much In The U.S.?

50 Comments

  1. gueswho1968 on September 16, 2022 at 3:51 am

    I’ve had T-Mobile unlimited Data, Talk, Text since 2007 and have always paid $50/m

  2. ronnie tan on September 16, 2022 at 3:51 am

    everything is expensive in the U.S

  3. Coolstuff123 on September 16, 2022 at 3:53 am

    Mint
    Mobile

    Unlimited

    $360 a year.

  4. Shahriar Tahmeed on September 16, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Just carry wifi everywhere problem solved

  5. kxhsj Sisk on September 16, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Don’t trust mint mobile has time goes past it start costing more go see for yourself from 30$ in your first month to 40$ during your second month Don’t talk about the GB you at that price

  6. Great 007 on September 16, 2022 at 3:56 am

    Yet a phone now cost over 1000

  7. E S on September 16, 2022 at 3:58 am

    I pay $100 for 2 cell phone plans (wife and myself)

  8. Gabriel Sousa on September 16, 2022 at 4:00 am

    I didn’t know a carrier plan was this expensive in the US
    My family plan is arround 50$ dollars here in Brazil w unlimited call and text and of course 110gb data plan

  9. Michael Brown on September 16, 2022 at 4:02 am

    I have Mint mobile and its not that good at all. Calls constantly do not connect , dropped calls, and not even receiving calls. I get his point but Ryan needs to work on his service. if i were to give his cell service a grade its about C+ to D level. its works (sometimes) but its no the best by any means.

  10. Al Truism on September 16, 2022 at 4:02 am

    my cell bill is $74 monthly for unlimited errthang. is that too high?

  11. Brian on September 16, 2022 at 4:06 am

    I’ve been rolling with Mint since 2018. I sign up for the year plan of 4 GB of data unlimited talk / text, when you add the recovery fee and taxes it comes out to a little over $200 for a year which is less than half as much as I paid at Verizon with just a 300-minute plan w/ $0.25 per text.

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  13. M_W501 Wilburn on September 16, 2022 at 4:09 am

    Capitalism.

  14. Jobra on September 16, 2022 at 4:09 am

    In Croatia i pay 30euro flat 5g unlimited calls and text

  15. BT20CIV038 DIVYANSH KUMAR SINGH on September 16, 2022 at 4:09 am

    40GB 🤣🤣
    ITS OVER 100 GB IN ASIA ON MOBLE

  16. Ashish kumar Tyagi on September 16, 2022 at 4:12 am

    India, i pay approx. of $7.00/month unlimited internet/calls/text. & quality is also really good

  17. skinnybruna on September 16, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Wait… americans dont have wifi at home?? No wonder you need expensive plans…

  18. Pukes on September 16, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Mint mobile is not a true unlimited plan. They’re PREPAID and they run off t-mobile towers. Stop the mislead

  19. Adan Juarez on September 16, 2022 at 4:16 am

    Weeell…In order to watch videos like yours, any were and for as long as i want, i use 68gb a month approximately…. 🤓🤨🤔interesting

  20. Metal Videos on September 16, 2022 at 4:17 am

    cant you get simonly in america? we can get that in the netherlands. you just buy a sym card but have to buy a phone yourself. you can get a symonly card with unlimited data and unlimited calling for as little as 25 euros per month. that includes 4G+ and 5G options. i my self pay 15.19 euros per month for 20GB data and 200minutes for calling. i find that a fair price if i may say so my self.

  21. Brenn Hannon on September 16, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Is switching over from towers to satellites not an option?

  22. tudosg on September 16, 2022 at 4:21 am

    Stock market and greed and first world rank

  23. jb888888888 on September 16, 2022 at 4:22 am

    I know I’m not the average user, but I spend $70 per YEAR on my phone.

  24. Marco P. on September 16, 2022 at 4:23 am

    I am shock it how much the people pay in the US, here in Europe, Spain you have unlimited call for all national calls. you can in call and send text in the European Union with out Roaming extra charge. Internet is includet for 25 Euro.

  25. Sherry on September 16, 2022 at 4:24 am

    T-Mobile is where it’s at… they’ve got the goods & the benefits & no fees 👍

  26. nicholasr39 on September 16, 2022 at 4:24 am

    Wow I thought the UK was bad! 80 bucks for 3GB and a phone? You’d pay around £48 max on the most expensive UK plans

  27. Paula Zemeckis on September 16, 2022 at 4:27 am

    Mint mobile throttles at 35G from 4G to 3G, rendering your cell phone useless. You can buy 5G more for $16 even though they say it is $15. So you end up spending more, they nickel and dime you. So I spend $46 a month a lot instead of $30. I had to buy 1 year to get the $30/mo. Mr Ryan cares more about his ROI than the truth.

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  29. K B on September 16, 2022 at 4:28 am

    The whole paying monthly for a phone is a scam. You’ll get a 2 year deal for $30/month for the phone (not the plan) and if you don’t upgrade and keep the phone say 5 years. At the end you’ll still owe a around $100-$200. After you just paid $30/month for 5 years for something that was only 2 years

  30. masennus on September 16, 2022 at 4:28 am

    In Finland:
    Unlimited 300mb 4G
    Unlimited phone calls/month
    600 SMS-messages/month
    25GB of free data outside Finland within the EU borders/month @ 300mb

    = 22€/month.

  31. 2to on September 16, 2022 at 4:29 am

    Here in finland 19,90€ in month. 200Mbit/s speed network All is unlimited to use data, phone calls And texting.

  32. Idle Surfer on September 16, 2022 at 4:29 am

    I’m here in the UK, and have a Sim only deal which gives me *unlimited texts and minutes* PLUS *100GB of data* for……..
    *£20 (c.$15.00) per month.*

    When this deal is up renewal, I’ll be moving to another which gives unlimited texts and minutes PLUS *160GB* of data for…
    *£20 (c.$15.00) per month!*

    Q: Why do US carriers charge so much?
    *A: Because they can.*

  33. Th0mas on September 16, 2022 at 4:31 am

    In Thailand I pay zero dollar for my unlimited plan lol

  34. Evaldas Mureika on September 16, 2022 at 4:33 am

    I think it’s a problem calculating exact price for a data used and a change of device, when it’s not only a device to call. Prime ministers or President can’t lower these prices and also aren’t getting a higher income chances. If there are 4 carriers there is no choice lowering it to 3.50 euro, which is reasonable and after increasing price they don’t ask user confirmation take it or leave it – you aren’t going to your lawyer for few bucks.

  35. spaceballs44 on September 16, 2022 at 4:33 am

    I use Mint Mobile!!!!!! I use to have Verizon and I payed 97.51 before I payed my phone off. I payed it off early then the bill went to 70.00 and that’s to high so I found mint mobile and I started with the 45.00 for 3 months and there’s tax on it which isn’t much then I bought the 12 month plan for 180.00 still there’s tax so about 200.00 for 12 months with 4.0 4GB a month.

  36. Frank E. on September 16, 2022 at 4:33 am

    2:53 In the U.S., the three largest phone carriers are Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile
    3:34 Phone carriers own the equipment on the towers, but lease the towers from independent companies like American Tower and Crown Castle

  37. Xavi Chuvy on September 16, 2022 at 4:34 am

    Corporatocracy. Same reason why US citizens also get screwed when it comes to mobile phone choices, healthcare, workers’ rights, etc

  38. capslocked on September 16, 2022 at 4:35 am

    i get 1000min calls plus 20GB for 10 euros a month :thinking:

  39. W on September 16, 2022 at 4:36 am

    Min 10:54 FU…..🤣
    F.U.F.S. Charges 🤣🤣
    Yep!! WOW!!🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  40. MDW Vonn Brun on September 16, 2022 at 4:37 am

    Certain elements of what was said is inaccurate. One item in particular relating to pricing is incorrect. I have the evidence to prove it.

  41. ano om on September 16, 2022 at 4:41 am

    i almost use 100GB every month and i have a fixed monthly pay of 21€. the price in the us is insane !

  42. SWolfe on September 16, 2022 at 4:41 am

    $25.00 a month total wireless

  43. Russell Pomery on September 16, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Australia is more expensive than American prepaid phones, data internet. Australia pays more for the new phones than American people pay. Yet slow system.

  44. All photos Cloud on September 16, 2022 at 4:42 am

    The way an average Indian villager has better connectivity than an americanlike an unlimited text, call and internet plan for 30$ a year shows how much India has revolutionised in the past 5 years. UPI payments, RuPay cards, extensively available cheap internet. India is really zooming past US and other countries at a rapid pace in terms of technology.

  45. Ardy Hagen on September 16, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Fwiw, I average less than 20 per month for two lines of Verizon service (1 gb)
    This is through Verizon/xfinity mobile

  46. Gerald Thomas on September 16, 2022 at 4:44 am

    good information- but very annoying voice.

  47. Phoebus Apollo on September 16, 2022 at 4:46 am

    BS – Mint is $45 a month. They are all scams, this is a new one.

  48. Daruki Neo on September 16, 2022 at 4:48 am

    I pay $3 for unlimited calls and 2.5Gb in my third world country

  49. kxhsj Sisk on September 16, 2022 at 4:48 am

    Other stick to cricket 🏏

  50. Prasanth Sagar on September 16, 2022 at 4:50 am

    indians pay 3$ per month and gets 1.5gb/day and unlimited calls and 100sms/day 🔥

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