Claro-Costa-RicaClaro postpaid (monthly billed) customers can now use their cell phones throughout Central America, making calls, surfing the web and sending text messages, all at local cost.

The local rate does not apply to pre-paid.

The countries in the Claro network are Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

How does it work? For example, if you are a Claro customer in Costa Rica, you can use your phone in the region and pay the rates set in your home country, instead of a roaming fee. In the case of Costa Rica customerts where they have unlimited Internet browsing – that does available to customers in the other countries in the region – a maximum quota will be allocated on contracted download speed.

According to Claro, some 450.000 customers can benefit from the change.

“We’re giving our customers the ability to erase the borders of your mind,” said Juan Carlos Chacon, manager of Claro Corporate.