VoIP Card for Travelers

Costa Rican company Intertel launched a VoIP card intended for travelers, dubbed "Traveler".

Monday, October 19, 2009

Francisco Guardia, Intertel's president, considers that the main benefit of the card is its price. With it, users can call to Costa Rica from United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

From Nacion.com: "... with a $20 card, calls from the U.S. to Costa Rica would cost $0.33 the minute. With ICE's roaming service, each minute costs $3.66, in addition to a $150 deposit".



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New Company offers IP Telephone in Costa Rica

March 2011

CallMyWay, a Costa Rican company, lanched an Internet Telephony Service (IP).

Local calls to landlines or cell phones will keep the same rate as the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, but international calls will have lower rates and calls between the company's customers are free.

ICE Opens Up Its Telecommunications Network

July 2010

Costa Rica’s state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider has interfaced its network with Ticom and CallMyWay, two telecom companies offering VOIP services.

The two companies are the first to be interfaced after presenting their requests to the Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL).

There is Competition in IP Telephony and Internet

June 2009

The first six companies to compete with state-run ICE in the telecommunications market have been authorized in Costa Rica.

The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) gave the green light to allow the companies to offer telephone over IP and Internet services.

According to La Prensa Libre de Costa Rica, the president of the Sutel Council, George Miley, said: “Today is a historic day for Costa Rica and especially for telecommunications. This is the first act that effectively opens the telecommunications sector. The authorization of these six companies, and the many more to come, provide a positive signal that will attract investment to this important area of the economy, at a necessary time for our country.”

Company Installs VOIP Public Phones in Costa Rica

February 2009

Intertel Worldwide competes directly with ICE in international calling, with rates up to five times lower than the state enterprise.

ICE (the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity) denounced the situation before the recently created Telecommunications Superintendent (SUTEL), arguing that Intertel Worldwide has not yet been authorized to operate.