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Movistar, Claro Finalize Costa Rica Spectrum acquisition

Costa Rica's Comptroller General's Office (Contraloria) has confirmed that Movistar (Telefonica) and Claro (America Movil) proceeded with the payment of US$24 million and US$19 million respectively to secure a total of 70MHz of additional spectrum. The confirmation allows for completing the tender, in which the...

Increase in Mobile Phone Penetration

In 2017, the number of mobile telephone lines per 100 inhabitants was 179, 5% higher than the 170 reported in 2016. Authorities reported that the historical behavior of the indicator shows that "... from 2006 to 2013, increases in penetration were observed year after year....

Costa Rica Telecom Market up 4%; State Telecom ICE Loses Ground, Competition Gains

Costa Rica’s telecommunications sector posted revenues amounting to ¢394 billion colones (around US$693 million dollars) in the first half of 2017. La Nacion report cites the latest data from regulator Sutel. The market was dominated by state-owned operator ICE, whose Kolbi mobile brand accounted for 52%...

Apple reduces speed of iPhones as batteries wear out, report suggests

A new analysis of performance data has reignited the debate over whether Apple intentionally slows down older iPhones. The data suggests Apple reduces the speed of the processors in iPhones with old and worn batteries, making them slower. Following user reports that older iPhones with ageing...

Costa Rica’s Mobile Telehone Operators Have One Minute To Answer Customer Service Calls

Q COSTA RICA - Costa Rica's mobile operators have six months to improve their customer service department response times, taking no longer than one minute to answer calls from customers. The  Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) - Superintendency of Telecommunications - found that customers spend 10,...

The Best Mobile Phone You Can Buy

(From The Verge) It’s been a wild year in the smartphone world, we’ve seen everything from modular phones, to exploding phones, even an iPhone that can get wet. Smartphones have been integral parts of our lives for nearly a decade now, but there’s still...

End Of An Era: BlackBerry Will No Longer Make Its Own Phones

QTECH (CNN) It's the end of an era for BlackBerry. The Canadian multinational, famous for making cellphones with physical keyboards that were once so popular people nicknamed them Crackberries, has decided to stop making its own devices. BlackBerry said on Wednesday that it will rely...

Kolbi launches social network-focused plans

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's state-owned operator ICE has launched a series of new prepay plans under its mobile brand Kolbi, complete with extra bundled data for social network use. The "En Todas" plans include a daily bundle with 50 MB of data plus an extra 40...

Costa Ricans Talk Less On The Mobile Phones, But Use More Data

QCOSTARICA - Mobile (cellular) phone users in Costa Rica talked less by phone but almost doubled data consumption in 2015, soaring by percent 97% over 2014, according to a report from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel). In 2014, users in Costa Rica consumed 37,965 TB,...

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