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COMMUNICATIONS

Yes - There are three different telecommunication companies which provide 4G cellular service throughout Costa Rica. All offer various packages with either pre-paid or monthly rate structures. Cellular service for every company is not available in every part of the country and the companies sometimes provide their service in differing geographic areas. Researching which company provides the best service in the area where you will be is recommended before subscribing.

Will my US cell phone work in Costa Rica? - Maybe. Some US companies “lock” their phones so they can only be used with their proprietary network. If you have a locked phone ask your cellular service provider to unlock it before leaving (unlocking a US cell phone in Costa Rica is difficult). Once you have obtained a chip which allows your unlocked phone access to a local Costa Rican network, you will possibly be able to use that phone here.

Those who already have an international phone connection through their US network will be able to make international calls.

Where can I get a Costa Rican chip for my cell phone? - All Costa Rican cellular service providers will supply you with a chip and a local phone number at no cost (look for offices of ICE/Kolbi, Claro, or Movistar). Additionally there many businesses which are authorized network dealers and will provide you with a chip (and Costa Rican phone number) for use on the network you choose.

Be aware that if you desire international phone access on the local network you subscribe to, you will need to specifically request it (at an additional charge). Those who have “WhatsApp” installed on their phones will be able to use it on Costa Rica networks for international text and voice calls.

An option is to buy a cheap phone in Costa Rica, complete with SIM card and temporary service plan. For those who don't mind spending the money, you can buy everything you need at the airport in Costa Rica. Cheaper prices are available from one of the hundreds of stores, kiosks, or street vendors all over the country.

Note: Costa Rica uses an eight digit number for their phone systems, as do other Central American countries. The country area code for Costa Rica is 506 and a local phone number will look like 506-xxxx-xxxx.

Costa Rica has several cable TV service providers and the availability and quality of service can vary from location to location. Each provider has strengths and weaknesses and each may offer different features at competitive prices. Not all companies serve all areas of the country. Each will come to your home and install all the necessary components (modems, cables, splitters, etc.) Persons should ask friends and neighbors living in the locality where they plan to reside about which company is the best in that area, their cost, and the reputation for service and reliability.

What does cable TV cost? Prices for various cable TV packages are similar to companies in the US.

Internet service is usually bundled with cable TV service. Costa Rica has several service providers and the availability and quality of service can vary from location to location. Not all companies provide service to all parts of the country. High-speed (fiber-optic service is generally available in the Central Valley area of the country, other areas may or may not have high-speed service available. Frequent service interruptions are a fact of life in some areas.

What does internet service cost? Each provider has strengths and weaknesses and each may offer different features at competitive prices. Each will come to your home and install all the necessary components (modems, cables, splitters, etc.) WIFI is often included. Prices can vary widely. Persons should ask friends and neighbors living in the locality where they plan to reside about which company is the best in that area, their cost, and the reputation for service and reliability.

 

Address

Ave. 14 and Calle (street) 42
San José, Costa Rica

Contacts

Email: info@arcr.cr
Phone:
(506)2220-0055
(506)4052-4052
Fax:
(506)2220-0031

Postal
Address

A.R.C.R.
P.O. Box 1191-1007
Centro Colón, San José,
Costa Rica