A new survey confirms two obvious facts about mobile Internet in Australia: people are using it more, but still think it costs too much. According to the 2008 Worldwide Mobile Data Service Study (which included 2000 Australians in its panel), 61% of Australians have used information services in their phone over the last month, while 49% have visited a web site on their phone. One weird stat from the release: "Sixty-four per cent of Australian respondents were willing to pay more than $10 per month for unlimited mobile data access, up from zero per cent the previous year." The question itself is wishful thinking, since there's absolutely no-one in Australia offering unlimited (mobile phone Internet access at anywhere near that price, unlike the US where it's the market norm). Any telco feel like stepping up? Thought not.
Australians Like Mobile Internet, Still Don't Want To Pay For It
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