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Saudis spend 30% of income on phone, internet

Spending on telecom services can go up to 50-70% in the kingdom

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Riyadh: People in Saudi Arabia spend 30 per cent of their income to pay their phone and internet services bills, the Consumer Protection Association (CPA) said.

The average consumption is 30 per cent, but some individuals spend up to 50-70 per cent of their income on communication services, local media quoted the head of CPA Nasir Al Tuwaim as saying.

The CPA would publish the latest findings in relation to the services provided by telecom firms every three months to monitor consumption rates and quality of services, Al Tuwaim said.

The figures show that consumers spend a considerable amount of time on phone calls and internet services, despite the adverse economic and health consequences.

Factors like lack of information about service charges, especially roaming prices and internet services, has hit consumers hard.

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