Fact: Canadians are forced to pay some of the highest cellphone bills in the world.\nYes, we all collectively gripe about the strangely high price to use a smartphone in Canada, especially when comparing Canadian cell-plans to what you’d get in America, but there is some solid data to back up our constant complaining.\nREAD ALSO: Why It's Hard For An English Person To Learn French\nA CRTC study from 2016 found that, when it comes to mobile wireless plans, especially plans with data, Canada regularly ranked as the most expensive.\nAnother CRTC study, referenced by the National Post (which has a very detailed analysis on this topic, consider this piece the SparkNotes version), discovered that in 2015, 46% of Canadians went over their data limit.\nSo not only are Canadians paying some of the highest rates for data in the world, we’re not even getting enough of it.\nSimilar studies came to the same conclusions.\nTefficient, a Europe-based telecoms competitiveness specialist, looked at cellphone rates in 32 first-world countries.\nCanada, once again, came out on the bottom, with some of the worst rates in the world.\nComparing data plans between Canada and Finland, which is somewhat similar to Canada in terms of climate, Finnish mobile users were shown to pay much less than Canadian mobile users and still get more data.\nEven Australia pays less than Canadians do, nearly half as much depending on the mobile plan.\nDon’t even start throwing in mobile rates in other countries (like France, where 23$ gets you A LOT) because it’ll just make you more depressed about how much we pay in Canada.\nSo why are Canadians forced to fork out so much for cellphone plans?\nThe usual answer is Canada’s size. Boasting the second largest land mass in the world, Canada doesn’t make it easy for telecoms providers.\nBut that’s just a convenient excuse.\nIn reality, it’s because Canada’s “Big Three” telecoms providers (Rogers, Bell, Telus) can basically charge however much they want.\nProfit is at the core of any business and Canada’s telecoms providers know they can keep prices high. There’s really no other alternative for Canadians.\nForeign telecom companies can’t move into the country due to certain Canadian laws, securing the place of Bell, Rogers, and Telus.\nThe Big Three don’t need to worry much about outside competition, or even in-fighting between them. For the most part, Canada’s major telecoms providers set rates at the same price-points, ensuring Canadians can never really get a deal.\nFeel fortunate, then, that you live in Quebec, one of the more affordable places in Canada to get a cellphone plan. And you have Videotron to thank.\nSaskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec are the only provinces to have a single cellphone provider that isn’t Rogers, Bell, or Telus. That little bit of competition does go a long way, with the aformentioned provinces being the most affordable areas in Canada for cellphone plans.\nIt’s a silver lining on a dark cloud, because it sucks to say that Canada’s cellphone rates are so high simply because certain companies want to keep it that way.