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4G & 5G Prices in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK - June 2020

  • ID: 5240701
  • Report
  • July 2020
  • Region: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
  • 50 Pages
  • Rewheel

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • 1&1
  • Fastweb
  • Klarmobil
  • O2
  • SFR-FR
  • TIM-IT

4G & 5G prices in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK - June 2020


Monthly prices of plans with unlimited data volume and as well gigabyte prices of plans with data caps continue to be significantly higher in the 3-MNO German versus the 4-MNO Italian, French, Spanish and UK markets.


  • 3-MNO German market: Fewer gigabytes for higher monthly prices.
  • 4-MNO Italian market: Large gigabyte allowances for very low monthly prices. Unlimited data at affordable monthly price.
  • 4-MNO French market: Large gigabyte allowances for very low monthly prices. No unlimited data at affordable monthly price.
  • 4-MNO Spanish market: Unlimited data volume at very affordable monthly price during June 2020.
  • 4-MNO UK market: Unlimited data volume at very affordable monthly prices.
  • The median monthly price of 4G & 5G smartphone plans with unlimited data volume in the 3-MNO German market was ~2x higher than the median monthly price of unlimited plans in EU’s larger 4-MNO markets.

In the German 3-MNO market 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 EUR per month bought during June 2020 much fewer gigabytes - in 4G & 5G smartphone plans with at least 10 Mbit/s - than in the 4-MNO Italian, French, Spanish and UK markets.


  • This was the case both when plans from all brands (operator main brands, operator sub brands and MVNOs) were taken into account and as well when only MVNO plans were considered.
  • In the German 3-MNO market the minimum monthly price for 4G or 5G smartphone plan with at least 5, 10, 30, 50, 100 or unlimited gigabytes and 10 Mbit/s was in June 2020 much higher than in the 4-MNO Italian, French, Spanish and UK markets.
  • This was the case both when plans from all brands (operator main brands, operator sub brands and MVNOs) were taken into account and as well when plans from MVNOs only were considered.
  • The median monthly price of 4G & 5G smartphone plans in Germany was 9% to 50% higher than the median price in the Italian, French, Spanish & UK 4-MNO markets while the median included gigabyte allowance in Germany was 2 to 7 times smaller.
  • Commercial MVNOs in the 4-MNO Italian, French, Spanish and UK markets - without having access to merger mandated so called ‘capacity wholesale deals’ i.e. 1&1 Drillisch - sell more gigabytes at lower prices than MVNOs in Germany.
  • While 5G plans were generally sold at premium over 4G, overall monthly prices continue to fall across the board.
  • During June 2020, the median monthly price of 5G plans across Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK was ~2x higher than the median monthly price of 4G plans. 5G plans packed in average ~7x more gigabytes than 4G plans in those 5 countries.
  • Surprisingly though, some operators priced their 4G unlimited data volume plans more expensive than their competitors 5G unlimited data volume plans.
  • Moreover, as was reported in April 2020 in the 13th release the median monthly price of 4G & 5G smartphone plans continue to fall across most EU & OECD markets including Italy, France, Spain and the UK.

The 4G & 5G smartphone plans of the following mobile network operators, main brands, sub brands and MVNOs have been included in this study:


T-Mobile-DE, Vodafone DE, O2-DE, Movistar-ES, Vodafone-ES, Orange-ES, Yoigo-ES, Orange-FR, SFR-FR, BouyguesTelecom-FR, FreeMobile-FR, TIM-IT, Vodafone-IT, Windtre-IT, Iliad-IT, EE-UK, O2-UK, Vodafone-UK, 3-UK, T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2, Movistar, Orange, Yoigo, SFR, BouyguesTelecom, FreeMobile, TIM, Windtre, Iliad, EE, 3, Amena, Blau, BT, Congstar, Fonic, giffgaff, Ho, Kenamobile, Llamaya, Masmovil, O2, Otelo, Pepephone, RedbySFR, Republicamovil, Simyo, Smarty, Sosh, TescoMobile, Verymobile, Voxi, 1&1, 1Mobile, Cdiscount, Fastweb, FreenetMobile, Hitsmobile, idmobile, IONmobile, Klarmobil, Lapostemobile, Lebara, Lowi, Lycamobile, Mobilfree, NRJmobile, ntmobile, Postemobile, Prixtel, Simply, Sky, Smartmobil, Soymovil, Spusu, Symamobile, Talkmobile, Virginmedia and Yourfone.


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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • 1&1
  • Fastweb
  • Klarmobil
  • O2
  • SFR-FR
  • TIM-IT

1 Study context


2 4G & 5G prices in the 3-MNO German vs. 4-MNO Italian, French, Spanish & UK markets - June
2.1 Germany: From 4 down to 3 mobile network operators and soon back to
2.2 3-MNO German market: 4G & 5G smartphone plans with at least 1000 national minutes - June 20
2.3 4-MNO Italian market: 4G & 5G smartphone plans with at least 1000 national minutes - June 2
2.4 4-MNO French market: 4G & 5G smartphone plans with at least 1000 national minutes - June 20
2.5 4-MNO Spanish market: 4G & 5G smartphone plans with at least 1000 national minutes - June 20
2.6 4-MNO UK market: 4G & 5G smartphone plans with at least 1000 national minutes - June 2
2.7 Gigabytes that 5, 10, 15, 25 and 30 EUR bought in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK - June
2.8 Minimum price for 5, 10, 30, 50, 100 or unlimited gigabytes in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK - June 20
2.9 4G & 5G smartphones plans with unlimited data volume in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK - June 20
2.10 Historic (2014-2020) development of mobile data prices in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK.


3 Germany vs. Italy, France, Spain and UK vs. all other EU & OECD markets
3.1 Median monthly price.
3.2 Median gigabyte allowance
3.3 Median gigabyte price
3.4 Minimum monthly price for unlimited data
3.5 Median monthly price for unlimited data
3.6 Maximum gigabytes that 20 or 30 EUR bought
3.7 Minimum monthly price for 10 or 50 gigabytes


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  • T-Mobile-DE
  • Vodafone-DE
  • O2-DE
  • Movistar-ES
  • Vodafone-ES
  • Orange-ES
  • Yoigo-ES
  • Orange-FR
  • SFR-FR
  • BouyguesTelecom-FR
  • FreeMobile-FR
  • TIM-IT
  • Vodafone-IT
  • Windtre-IT
  • Iliad-IT
  • EE-UK
  • O2-UK
  • Vodafone-UK
  • 3-UK
  • T-Mobile
  • Vodafone
  • O2
  • Movistar
  • Orange
  • Yoigo
  • SFR
  • BouyguesTelecom
  • FreeMobile
  • TIM
  • Windtre
  • Iliad
  • EE
  • 3
  • Amena
  • Blau
  • BT
  • Congstar
  • Fonic
  • giffgaff
  • Ho
  • Kenamobile
  • Llamaya
  • Masmovil
  • O2
  • Otelo
  • Pepephone
  • RedbySFR
  • Republicamovil
  • Simyo
  • Smarty
  • Sosh
  • TescoMobile
  • Verymobile
  • Voxi
  • 1&1
  • 1Mobile
  • Cdiscount
  • Fastweb
  • FreenetMobile
  • Hitsmobile
  • idmobile
  • IONmobile
  • Klarmobil
  • Lapostemobile
  • Lebara
  • Lowi
  • Lycamobile
  • Mobilfree
  • NRJmobile
  • ntmobile
  • Postemobile
  • Prixtel
  • Simply
  • Sky
  • Smartmobil
  • Soymovil
  • Spusu
  • Symamobile
  • Talkmobile
  • Virginmedia
  • Yourfone.
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown