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Cell Phone

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Cell Phone

I will be in Costa Rica for 5 days, and can you rent a cell phone for that time?

Another question--I have an unlocked GSM cell phone and when I go to Europe I can simply buy a Sim Card for it. The last time I was in Costa Rica i was told I can not do that, that I must first have a Costa Rica account. Is that so, or can I simply buy a sim card?

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1. Re: Cell Phone

You can again buy a pre-paid sim card at the ICE booth in baggage claim area at SJO, there is also another one near the new boarding gates. They also offer phones.

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The I.C.E. (Costa Rican Institute of Telecommunications) is now offering prepaid phone services. You can buy sim cards for 2,500 - 5,000 or 10,000 colones. You can get these at one of their agencies or at authorized locations. You can recharge your card at the ICE's webpage. THe service is valid in both GSM or 3G technologies. Their website www.grupoice.com provides more information, unfortunately its only in spanish. This is where you can recharge the card http://portal.grupoice.com/wps/wcm/connect/web+content/Esp/CatTelecom/movil/Prepago/

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One note. In order for your GSM phone to work with, it must have a 1800 mhz band and if its 3G it must be a 850 mhz band.

If I where you, I would try to buy one of these SIM cards from ICE. In case it doesn't work, you can always rent a phone. I just came across this website http://www.cellphonescr.com/index.html

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4. Re: Cell Phone

If your cell phone works in Europe it will work for call in Costa Rica since Europe uses the 1800 mhz frequency. It may not work for data due to difference in 3g frequencies.

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Thanks for the information.

On the I.C.E. card do you know what the rate is for calling to and from the US, and also texting to and from the US?

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6. Re: Cell Phone

No cheap...but good enough...the best is to call USA give the number and have them call you back...

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7. Re: Cell Phone

According to the ICE page international outgoing texts are 17 cents US (actually yhe colon equiv)

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Tarifa

El costo por cada mensaje SMS Internacional es de $0.17* i.v.i.

* Para efecto de montos denominados en dólares el pago respectivo debe realizarse en su equivalente en colones según el tipo de cambio del día

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http://portal.grupoice.com/wps/wcm/connect/web+content/Esp/CatTelecom/movil/Internac/SMSInter/

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I am pretty sure that outgoing International calls are at the MIDA rate which to the US is about 26 cents a minute

http://portal.grupoice.com/wps/wcm/connect/web+content/Esp/CatTelecom/movil/Internac/MIDA/

All I know is that on my last trip, my phone accidently dialed my home phone number in Canada which I had on speeddial. The call lasted 3 minutes and I was actually surprised how little (relatively) it cost...

I have heard that incoming international calles are free to the receiver but no one called me - so I am not 100% sure. So hence that is why Roadadvisor says it is better for them to call you

As El gato has already told you - a European phone should work for GSM. I use one I bought in Paris and it supports 900 and 1800 frequencies. Also if you have a quad band you are covered...

raquel

sorry if you want to look at the links you have to copy and paste - I think because TA does not like the + character.

Edited: 11 September 2010, 21:17
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Thanks a lot of the help everyone! You have been a big help. I know you said I can buy the ICE card at the airport and I assume I can also buy it in San Jose.

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