Costa Rica: More LTE 4G Cell Phone services

From April 1st the operator Claro will starts the new 4G mobile network service.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The phone company Claro has announced that from 1 April it will start its 4G LTE mobile network service. At the moment the company is carrying out the final tests for implementation of the service.

"The coverage area includes the sectors of La Ururca, Heredia, Escazu and Santa Ana."

"The company has not yet provided details of speed and the pricing plans that they will offer, but their representatives revealed that they will range from between $14 and $90."

"The services for fourth generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, have been marketed since late 2013 for data and since last week for phones connected to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad network."

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