Study: European smartphone users face growing disparities in data caps

The disparities in data caps offered by mobile operators across the European Union are huge and set to widen further, according to a new study by Finnish consultancy Rewheel. The report noted that while €35 ($38) still buys around 2 gigabytes in the German, Italian, Spanish, Belgian, Austrian and Portuguese markets, smartphone users in the Nordics and Baltics can now get 19 gigabytes for the same price. Mobile data consumption per capita in Finland was ten times higher than in Germany in 2012 and by 2014 that factor grew to thirteen, the study noted. TeliaSonera in Finland and Tele2 in Sweden sell 20 to 100 times more gigabytes for €35 than Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone in Germany, Greece and Hungary. Release