Originally Posted by kindofyoung
fo real?it actually costs that much in USA?
in sweden right now I can get a iphone 4s 16gb with 2gb/month (@high speed, after that it gets cut 64kb/s), unlimited calls and unlimited messaging for ~50 $/month for 2 years
Not an entirely fair comparison. It costs far more to provide the infrastructure to cover the entire US than it does tiny Sweden. There are huge areas in the US with very low population density, yet most cell phone providers have good coverage even in the middle of nowhere. Although the US prices are also high because the people here have enough disposable income to pay these high prices.
I would like to see companies offer the option of excellent coverage in urban areas for a cheap price per month, but charging more when you try to use your phone in low population areas. The closest we have to that in the US is t-mobile. Their prices are generally cheaper with the downside of providing poor coverage in less populated areas. For example, t-mobile has a non-contract plan that gives you 120 minutes + 5GB per month for only $30. If you mostly do data, it's the best deal around.