Aug. 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM ET
It may cost a bundle to fly to Japan, but it's the cheapest place to have a smartphone with a data plan, while the U.S. ranks highest in mobile Internet costs per month.
Android Tablet Fanatic created an infographic that shows U.S. users pay more than $40 a month for 2GB of data (the going threshold for new capped data plans). On the other end of the scale, Japanese mobile phone callers pay just a touch over $10 a month for the same plan. Both were priced at 4G LTE speeds (Verizon for the U.S. high point.)
Verizon's rates spiked the U.S. tothe most expensive, but the current plans on its website show a price of $30 for 2GB, on both smartphones and mobile broadband devices like tablets. At $30, the U.S. would be more in line with the middle of the pack, with China — if Verizon was its only carrier. But others can be interpreted as being over the $40 marker, such as T-Mobile's Unlimited Plus Value Plan for families, with an entry point of $39.99 per line for two lines of 1,000 minutes, unlimited text and data (2GB of high-speed, then throttled down over that).
The "best value for heavy data users" (aka data hogs) can be found in South Korea, Japan and Finland. The four cheapest countries also are operating at 4G speeds and include three of the "fastest mobile operators on Earth": Sweden, South Korea and Japan.
The infographic also shows page views per tablet device (Android vs. iPad). Android users had about twice as many page views on mobile networks than their Apple counterparts.