Americans talk, surf more than Europeans on mobile phones
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans pay more for their cell service than Europeans, but they're getting a lot more use out of their phones, a global wireless trade group said on Wednesday.
The GSM Association (GSMA) urged European regulators to take cues from the United States (US). It pointed out that US consumers talk five times as much as Europeans on their cellphones and use twice as much data.
AT&T and Verizon Wireless also have the lead in introducing the latest network technology, which means average data downloads are 75 per cent faster in the US, the group found.
Europe led the world in wireless technology a decade ago, pioneering the shift from analogue phone networks to digital ones. But the continent has lagged behind as cellphones have become data devices, the GSMA said.