• ICE finally signed the portability agreement
  • Consumers will own their phone number

Despite the stall, the telecom regulator, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) confirms that the state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) on Friday signed the cell phone number portability agreement.

Thus, starting November 30, cellular telephone customers can switch operator and keep their number.

Claro, Movistar, Tuyo Móvil and Fullmóvil had already signed the deal earlier this month. The portability issue was hinging if ICE would play nice in the telecommunications playground or continue with its stall tactics.

Sutel spokesperson, Eduardo Castellón, said that starting on November 30, the consumer – and not the operator – will own their cell phone number.

The number portability register and transfer will be managed by the company, El Corte Ingles.

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