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Claro Costa Rica Tops In 4G Service

(QCOSTARICA) Of three mobile operators in the country,  Claro's 4G service of Costa Rica reaches well over double the speed of its competitors in the most populated areas of the country, according to data from telecommunications regulator Sutel. The mobile network quality assessment conducted by...

Cellular Phone Companies Use Public Roads To Set Up Shop. But Are They Legal?

(QCOSTARICA) Claro and Movistar have taken, for some time, to selling from vehicles parked on public roads and prohibited areas, starting in San Jose and now can be found in Cartago, Alajuela and other cities around the country. But are they legal? In San Jose,...

Costa Rica Looking For A Fourth Cellular Operator

(QCostarica) Costa Rica's Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) - Superintendency of Telecommunications - has published the bidding conditions for the forthcoming auction of 70MHz of frequencies – 40 MHz in the 1800 MHz band and 30 MHz in the 1900/2100 MHz bands – yet to...

Government Attempts To Block Cellular Signal To Stop Criminals From Committing Crimes From Prison

Putting a stop to prisoners carrying out scams and other crimes, mainly extortions, from behind bars is the aim of a bill proposed by the government, that would compel telecommunication companies to block their cellular signals within prisons. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial...

App Intends To Solve Costa Rica’s Traffic Nightmare

QCOSTARICA - Carpooling may be a solution to the infernal traffic chaos in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of San Jose. And Raúl Martín, who lives on the east side of town and works in the west, is betting that the car sharing app...

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,...

Costa Rica Enables Stolen Phones Online Check (UPDATED)

QTECH - You just found a great deal on that smartphone you've had your heart on. What a great price. It must be my lucky day. But, it is really  great deal or just a scam? Any smart consumer should have doubts when considering buying...

The iPhone SE Now Available In Costa Rica

QTECH - Kölbi (ICE) and Movistar (Telefonica) are the first two to bring the Apple's new smartphone, the iPhone SE, to Costa Rica. The new phone comes in two versions, 16Gb and 64GB, in silver and grey. The SE is the same size and body of...

ICE Increases Cellular Phone Rates

QCOSTARICA - State owned ICE announced a 17.6% increase in prepaid per minute cell phone rates offered under the Kolbi brand. Prepaid cellular phone customers now will be paying ¢40 colones per minute for voice calls, compared to the previous rate of ¢34 colones per...

Telefonica In Costa Rica Launches Movistar Play

QCOSTARICA - Telefonica in Costa Rica has launched its video streaming service,  Movistar Play for prepay, postpaid and control (hybrid plan of a fixed monthly amount and user tops with more minutes in excess of agreed amount) customers. The Video on Demand (VOD) service will...

Costa Rican Post-Paid Users May Soon Be Paying For Per Data Download

QCOSTARICA - Users of post-paid mobile (cellular) data may soon see a change that could make it much more expensive to download movies, music, etc. All three mobile operators: Claro (America Movil), Movistar (Telefonica) and Kolbi (ICE) had requested authorization from the telecommunications superintendency, the...

Ultrafast Internet To Hit Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Some 105,000 households could be surfing the world wide web (the internet) in ultrafast (ultraveloz in Spanish) next month, with the entry of the next generation of fibre optice network. The Red de Accesso de Nueva Generacion (RANGE) by the state telecom ICE...

Costa Rica’s Telecom Market Maturing

(QCOSTARICA) The country's telecommunications market has begun a process of maturing after five years of ending the monopoly by the state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). According to 2014 data by the telecom regulating authority, the SUTEL, mobile telephony experienced a slight decrease...

Court Suspends ICE ¢2 Billion Colones Fine

(QCOSTARICA) The Administrative Court (Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo) on Thursday suspended the ¢2.157 billion colones fine imposed on the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) by the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel), for "monopolistic and anti-competitive practices" between 2011 and 2012. ICE Fined ¢2.157 Billion For Being...

Say Goodbye To Roaming

(QCOSTARICA) Claro was the first, then followed by Movistar, to remove the mobile telephony barriers in Central America, eliminating "roaming" charges. Both Claro and Movistar have service in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico, where users visiting other countries can now make...

ICE Fined ¢2.157 Billion For Being “Monopolistic” and “Anti-Competitive”

(QCOSTARICA) The state company Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has been fined ¢2.157 billion colones (US$4 million dollars) for "anti-competitive and monopolistic" practices between 2011 and 2012. The fine was levied by the board of Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones - SUTEL), the government...

Costa Rica Telecoms Still Waiting for Frequencies

(QCOSTARICA) The new deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Emilio Arias, said they are waiting for two more studies before deciding how and when to tender the unused radio spectrum that mobile operators have waited so long for. Although the former deputy minister said that the frequencies would...

Costa Rica’s Amador Third in Giro d’Italia

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador reached third overall in the Giro d'Italia, one of the principal bike races in the world, with his Movistar teammates doing all they can to support him. His time in the 69.4 kilometers between Treviso and Valdobboniadene was the...

Sutel Evaluating Free Market Pricing For Telecommunications

  (QCOSTARICA) Telecom operators may soon be free to set their own rates, that is no longer have restrictions on the maximum tariffs, forms of collection and the quality of services they offer. That would mean that consumers will have to be more cautious when acquiring...

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Now Available in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA TECH - The Samsung Galaxy Flat S6 and S6 Samsung Galaxy Edge, the two versions of one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, were released yesterday in the country. With a metal body, internal battery super-fast processor, brilliant camera and wireless charging,...

Movistar Launches Napster in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Movistar Costa Rica has launched the Napster subscription-based music service. Napster Costa Rica offers unlimited access to over 32 million songs globally through 180 different genres. Play as much music as you want on your computer, Smartphone or Tablet Movistar Costa Rica's customers will...

Almost 35.000 Have Already Registered Their Prepaid Cell Phone Line

QCOSTARICA - Starting as voluntary system, on March 1, it became mandatory for all active users of prepaid cell phone lines to register their number in a central database. According to the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones - SUTEL), the registration was created to...

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