Yes I read the article.
The article does *not* say that NZer's pay $31 for 90 minutes, or the US pays $79 for 800 minutes. You have taken stats from one part of the article and combined them with a quote from 2Degrees (that's impartiality for you) and come up with your calculation.
Yes, the US is more expensive for a whole raft of reasons. Including the fact a lot of their apparently great value plans (which include heaps of data and texts etc etc) involve the *receiver* of the call or text being charged.
So your entire argument rests on 2degrees apparently flat out lying about NZ making far less calling minutes per month than other countries?
Not at all. Just because NZer's talk less on mobiles doesn't mean it's neccessarily more expensive. It may just mean.....they talk less on mobiles.
Just because NZer's eat less Big Mac's than Americans does that mean Big Mac's are more expensive here? Just because NZer's drink less red wine than Italians does that mean red wine is more expensive here?
Does 2Degress have an ulterior motive to try and make kiwis think they're getting "ripped off"? Of course they do.