Countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world

The countries with the cheapest mobile data have been named based on the cost per gigabyte. We share the findings below

Internet comparison site Cable has collected and analysed data from 6,313 mobile data plans across 230 countries and territories to identify the countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world.

The data was gathered from 23rd October and 28th November 2018 and the average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) was calculated and compared to form an official ranking.

If you’re one of the millions of people working in remote jobs around the world or pursuing a career as a digital nomad, then internet speed and the cost of connecting is likely to be one of the most important factors in your choice of destination.

10 cheapest countries for mobile data

10 countries with the cheapest mobile data by the price of 1GB in USD.

  1. India, $0.02
  2. Rwanda, $0.04
  3. Congo (DRC), $0.05
  4. Vietnam ,$0.06
  5. Kuwait, $0.06
  6. Kyrgyzstan, $0.08
  7. Slovenia, $0.08
  8. Israel, $0.11
  9. Australia, $0.11
  10. Indonesia, $0.13

Key headlines

  • The global average is $8.53 for 1GB of data.
  • Zimbabwe has the most expensive mobile data with an average cost of $75.20 for 1GB.
  • India has the cheapest mobile data with the cheapest price of $0.02 for 1GB.
  • Asian states make up half of the top 20 cheapest countries with only Taiwan, China and South Korea charging above the global average.
  • The USA is one of the most expensive countries with an average cost of $12.37 for 1GB.
  • The cheapest country in Western Europe is Finland with an average cost of $1.16 and Slovenia with the cheapest price of $0.08 for 1GB.
  • The UK is ranked 136th, placing it 16th in Western Europe with an average cost of $6.66 per 1 GB.
  • In Eastern Europe, Poland is the cheapest at an average cost of $1.32 per GB, followed by Romania ($1.89) and Slovenia ($2.21).
  • Africa has both the cheapest and most expensive mobile data with Rwanda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo all offering less than $1 data packages, and Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and Saint Helena all charging over $50 for 1GB.
Mapping the cost of mobile data (Cable)

Countries with the cheapest mobile data – ranked

Sort the table below to view the countries with the cheapest mobile data ranked by the average, cheapest and most expensive price of 1GB. The research looked at SIM-only deals and included a range of packages from all providers in each country or territory.

Note that some countries and territories have been excluded due to insufficient sample sizes.

RankNameCheapestMost expensiveAverage
1India$0.02$1.40$0.26
2Rwanda$0.04$2.78$0.56
3Congo (DRC)$0.05$5.05$0.88
4Vietnam$0.06$6.45$1.31
5Kuwait$0.06$11.52$2.01
6Kyrgyzstan$0.08$0.48$0.27
7Slovenia$0.08$10.17$2.21
8Israel$0.11$6.89$0.90
9Australia$0.11$7.59$2.47
10Indonesia$0.13$4.25$1.21
11Poland$0.13$5.21$1.32
12Romania$0.13$4.90$1.89
13Russian Federation$0.14$2.19$0.91
14Cambodia$0.17$6.25$1.49
15France$0.17$19.21$2.99
16Bangladesh$0.18$3.81$0.99
17Italy$0.18$11.31$1.73
18Palestine States$0.20$9.19$2.06
19Ukraine$0.21$1.38$0.51
20Sri Lanka$0.22$2.09$0.78
21Azerbaijan$0.23$9.38$2.69
22Malaysia$0.24$3.27$1.18
23Nigeria$0.26$13.79$2.22
24Iceland$0.26$14.19$3.78
25United Kingdom$0.26$56.87$6.66
26Kazakhstan$0.28$0.79$0.49
27Austria$0.28$11.08$1.88
28Kenya$0.28$9.97$2.73
29Sudan$0.29$1.63$0.68
30Pakistan$0.29$7.15$1.85
31Senegal$0.29$13.79$3.28
32Laos$0.29$4.65$3.42
33Finland$0.30$2.17$1.16
34Belarus$0.31$7.97$2.36
35Tunisia$0.31$13.42$2.87
36Nepal$0.32$6.43$2.25
37Georgia$0.32$18.98$3.33
38Ghana$0.34$4.75$1.56
39Cameroon$0.34$6.89$1.71
40Serbia$0.34$23.95$4.83
41Denmark$0.36$4.52$1.36
42Burundi$0.37$3.70$2.00
43Sweden$0.37$15.91$3.66
44Singapore$0.37$9.34$3.67
45Iran$0.38$4.75$1.28
46Saudi Arabia$0.38$19.99$5.62
47Uruguay$0.40$10.73$2.80
48Mongolia$0.41$2.26$0.82
49Réunion$0.41$15.82$2.51
50Jordan$0.42$5.99$1.79
51Zambia$0.42$8.44$2.25
52Uzbekistan$0.43$11.89$3.27
53Tanzania$0.43$53.76$5.93
54Estonia$0.45$18.09$3.67
55Luxembourg$0.45$11.31$4.39
56Croatia$0.46$30.52$4.89
57Haiti$0.46$29.56$7.91
58Fiji$0.47$18.40$3.57
59South Korea$0.47$34.02$15.12
60Egypt$0.48$4.55$1.49
61Guernsey$0.48$25.85$3.05
62Algeria$0.48$25.22$5.15
63Bosnia & Herzegovina$0.49$7.78$3.58
64Bhutan$0.51$2.72$1.25
65Syria$0.51$15.76$4.14
66Jersey$0.52$25.85$3.82
67Saint Barthélemy$0.56$21.48$7.40
68Saint-Martin (France)$0.56$24.73$10.40
69Macedonia$0.57$18.24$3.62
70French Guiana$0.57$112.96$13.41
71Morocco$0.58$5.25$1.66
72Western Sahara$0.58$5.25$1.66
73Turkey$0.58$15.82$2.25
74Bulgaria$0.58$37.54$7.15
75Liberia$0.60$12.50$3.75
76Armenia$0.61$3.07$1.65
77Lithuania$0.63$4.81$2.06
78Montenegro$0.64$6.16$4.26
79Myanmar$0.65$1.48$0.87
80Argentina$0.65$10.59$3.05
81Ireland$0.65$22.61$3.95
82Ecuador$0.65$20.00$6.93
83Afghanistan$0.66$3.96$1.60
84Lesotho$0.68$7.56$2.43
85Albania$0.68$13.18$3.22
86South Africa$0.71$35.06$7.19
87Colombia$0.72$15.93$5.28
88Chile$0.73$6.05$1.87
89Spain$0.77$10.55$3.79
90Moldova$0.78$8.76$2.82
91Martinique$0.78$33.92$8.46
92Thailand$0.80$9.58$2.78
93Madagascar$0.80$8.39$3.39
94Mozambique$0.80$55.84$15.82
95Slovakia$0.82$33.92$5.56
96Micronesia$0.83$50.00$12.87
97China$0.87$26.61$9.89
98Uganda$0.88$13.60$4.69
99Monaco$0.90$1.70$1.21
100Guadeloupe$0.90$15.83$6.06
101Isle of Man$0.90$41.36$6.42
102The Netherlands$0.90$37.69$7.99
103Mayotte$0.90$33.90$10.18
104Philippines$0.95$7.64$3.16
105Hong Kong$1.01$16.31$4.00
106Taiwan$1.03$43.13$9.49
107Japan$1.04$40.61$8.34
108Tajikistan$1.05$15.86$4.84
109Qatar$1.10$13.73$4.62
110Sint Maarten$1.11$19.35$4.92
111Åland Islands$1.13$8.42$3.10
112Faroe Islands$1.15$33.19$7.77
113Guinea$1.20$2.64$1.94
114Libya$1.20$10.79$4.87
115Mauritania$1.22$7.83$3.12
116Congo$1.23$12.64$5.63
117Norway$1.27$114.87$13.21
118Lebanon$1.30$20.00$9.21
119El Salvador$1.33$10.50$4.55
120Samoa$1.33$253.43$30.09
121Malawi$1.37$7.51$3.59
122Niger$1.38$14.36$2.92
123São Tomé and Príncipe$1.38$15.34$5.33
124Dominican Republic$1.42$3.12$1.88
125Guatemala$1.43$7.24$4.53
126Iraq$1.46$20.07$8.00
127Brazil$1.50$10.18$3.50
128United States$1.50$60.00$12.37
129Hungary$1.51$10.97$6.56
130San Marino$1.54$9.19$6.86
131Peru$1.57$3.35$2.48
132Swaziland$1.58$39.00$12.14
133Somalia$1.60$16.67$6.19
134Burkina Faso$1.72$11.49$4.69
135Gabon$1.72$13.26$5.84
136Northern Mariana Is.$1.74$20.00$5.99
137Guam$1.74$70.00$12.97
138Mauritius$1.75$6.98$3.71
139Czech Republic$1.76$8.78$4.91
140Macau$1.78$8.40$4.84
141Bahrain$1.81$7.96$2.83
142Barbados$1.83$18.52$7.21
143Jamaica$1.86$7.43$4.64
144Germany$1.88$22.60$6.96
145Suriname$1.91$19.50$6.08
146Angola$1.91$15.90$7.95
147New Zealand$1.91$35.49$9.79
148Antigua & Barbuda$1.94$61.39$11.71
149Anguilla$1.97$37.00$14.90
150Turks & Caicos Is.$10.00$46.67$23.09
151Turkmenistan$10.01$42.89$19.81
152Cuba$11.25$13.33$12.58
153New Caledonia$11.26$23.89$16.91
154Cook Islands$11.38$33.45$18.12
155Togo$11.49$12.31$11.76
156Nauru$12.25$38.41$28.13
157Zimbabwe$12.50$138.46$75.20
158Greenland$12.60$22.65$16.79
159Wallis & Fortuna$15.40$47.40$26.86
160Tokelau$17.06$40.87$29.96
161Benin$17.24$24.62$20.99
162Panama$2.00$8.33$5.56
163Bahamas$2.00$11.19$6.89
164Caribbean Netherlands$2.00$35.00$9.57
165Mexico$2.06$34.63$7.38
166Bolivia$2.08$20.66$8.51
167Latvia$2.09$19.22$7.12
168Guinea-Bissau$2.10$11.49$4.96
169Ethiopia$2.11$3.86$2.91
170Portugal$2.12$67.79$13.98
171United Arab Emirates$2.17$28.30$10.23
172Belgium$2.21$101.77$12.30
173Malta$2.26$90.46$18.79
174Brunei Darussalam$2.29$14.81$5.25
175Comoros$2.29$22.92$12.57
176Côte d'Ivoire$2.30$6.89$4.10
177Svalbard & Jan Mayen$2.32$28.89$10.26
178Saint Lucia$2.33$22.16$9.78
179Namibia$2.35$26.80$11.02
180Greece$2.37$106.85$32.71
181Virgin Islands (US)$2.40$59.96$13.10
182Gambia$2.45$9.08$5.33
183Nicaragua$2.45$19.59$6.04
184Paraguay$2.47$19.80$6.18
185Honduras$2.48$10.00$5.02
186Timor-Leste$2.50$9.09$4.48
187Cape Verde$2.56$10.22$4.25
188Belize$2.56$7.43$4.57
189Maldives$2.59$12.95$5.27
190Costa Rica$2.72$8.72$5.04
191Djibouti$2.81$112.54$37.92
192Central African Republic$2.87$8.62$6.03
193Equatorial Guinea$27.58$114.79$65.83
194Falkland Islands$28.00$77.55$47.39
195Puerto Rico$3.00$25.00$11.12
196Mali$3.10$22.75$9.22
197Palau$3.13$16.00$8.34
198Gibraltar$3.21$30.77$12.82
199Vanuatu$3.39$6.32$4.94
200Sierra Leone$3.49$10.66$5.79
201Liechtenstein$3.49$37.84$13.95
202Seychelles$3.66$71.72$19.55
203Saint Vincent & Gren.$3.69$37.00$12.00
204Canada$3.73$60.37$12.02
205American Samoa$3.89$6.67$4.97
206Oman$3.90$25.98$11.28
207Cayman Islands$3.99$143.69$26.79
208Yemen$4.00$39.95$15.73
209Guyana$4.09$13.58$7.24
210Grenada$4.24$29.60$11.56
211Kiribati$4.30$21.34$11.05
212Niue$4.37$28.00$9.20
213Tonga$4.43$54.25$25.52
214Montserrat$4.93$33.30$14.61
215Saint Kitts & Nevis$5.38$37.00$15.05
216Andorra$5.83$35.46$12.71
217Virgin Islands (British)$5.83$40.00$18.55
218Saint Helena$51.70$64.63$55.47
219Solomon Islands$6.13$10.02$8.37
220Dominica$6.17$29.60$14.60
221Bermuda$6.25$100.01$37.74
222Cyprus$6.39$38.44$20.25
223Papua New Guinea$6.83$18.36$11.51
224Aruba$7.41$22.21$12.70
225Curaçao$7.72$27.64$12.42
226Switzerland$8.30$49.79$20.22
227French Polynesia$8.91$49.29$21.64
228Botswana$9.01$21.34$14.12
229Chad$9.39$68.94$23.33
230Trinidad & Tobago$9.79$29.52$17.10

Source: Cable


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