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Mobile price comparisons in Europe

February 2008

Economic Focus

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication publishes an annual study comparing mobile call prices in 18 European countries. The 2007 edition relies on price information collected in March 2007 and presents a ranking of GSM price baskets, from the cheapest country (which appears to be Finland) to the most expensive one (which appears to be France). In this article we challenge the results of that study. We demonstrate that a more rigorous methodology substantially modifies the results.  

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