Costa Rica: Cellphone headaches for visitors
Foreign visitors to Costa Rica have "absolutely no chance" of obtaining a temporary cellphone through official channels, according to Anabel Zumbado, client services manager of the Costa Rican Residents' Association.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Applications get bogged down in the red tape that surrounds Costa Rican migration procedures, and there are substantial delays in getting pre-paid services online.
The Spanish company began the process of registering its trademark in Costa Rica.
The Superintendent of Telecommunications of Costa Rica estimates that it will deliver the first licenses to operate in the market in July.
The first reading of a bill to open up Costa Rica's telecommunications market was approved by legislators at the second time of asking.
Panama will have to establish the portability of cellphone numbers before two new operators are allowed into the market, said Manuel Troitiño, telecommunications director of the National Public Services Authority (ASEP).
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