Cellular telephone customers of the state telecom, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), can beginning on Friday switch from “postpay” to “prepaid” and back without having to change their phone number.
The move is anticipation of the “number portability” that will, starting at the end of November, allow cellular customers to switch operators and keep their existing number.
One of the major changes in the opening of the telecommunications market in Costa Rica was the introduction of prepaid cellular service.
However, for the more than a million of ICE’s cellular postpay or subscription customers, moving to prepaid meant leaving behind that for many, had been their for years. The same was for prepaid customers who wanted to move to a postpay plan.
The conditions for switching is no outstanding debt with the institution.