Telephone Service in costa rica


Generally, when a government tries to handle the telephone system, you'll find absolute chaos. In some countries you expect to be on a waiting list for a new phone for several years. When you finally get one, it may not work, and you get on another waiting list for repair. Costa Rica must be doing something right, because the system actually works, and works well! When the phone in our condo in Rohrmoser went on vacation, we had a repairman out in a matter of hours, instead of weeks as in most Latin American countries. Yes, there is a waiting list for new telephone installations but it's measured in days or a few weeks, not years, as most Latinos expect. Should you be impatient for a new phone installation, check the classified ads in La Nacion for people who want to sell their phone lines. Telephone numbers used to be only seven digits long, but in April of 2008, the dialing system converted to a standard eight numbers. The transition period promises to be chaotic. All numbers in this book are listed in the new system. All land line were add with number 2 at the begining and cell phone with the number 8 in the beging.
Cell phones are quit command this days in Costa Rica and recently the initiated the G3 service which has excellent coverage all over Costa Rica
Costa Rica's phone system isn't at all difficult to use, and is surprisingly efficient even though it does send out mysterious signals at times. Phone calls to anywhere in the country go through very quickly. Even when dialing from a tiny village from one end of Costa Rica to the other, connections are as clear as if it were just across the street. Tolls are surprisingly low. A five-colon piece (less than four cents) will place a call anywhere in the country. The length of time allowed for a five-colon coin depends upon the distance, but the time allocated per coin is generous; you can speak for about a minute from as far away from San Jose as you can get and still be in Costa Rica.
Public pay phones operate differently from those we are used to. Hotel phones usually only take a five-colon coin, whereas public phones located on the streets or public squares accept five-, ten- or 20-colon pieces. The way hotel pay phones work: you dial the number before dropping in the coin. You wait until the tone indicates that the phone on the other end is ringing and then deposit the money. You must be ready to drop in another coin sound thatindicates the call will be terminated unless you quickly drop in another coin. Public pay phones have a kind of rack at the top where coins go. To make a call you line some coins in this rack—more if you are making a long call or a long-distance call—and then start punching in your number as soon as you receive a high-pitched tone that indicates the phone is ready. The coins can be any combination of five-, ten- or 20-colon denomina­tions. When your party answers, the phone automatically swal­lows a coin, permitting the others to roll down and be in position to drop if you go over the limit for that particular coin.
To reach an AT&T international operator, dial 114—no coin necessary. An English-speaking operator will accept your credit card number or place the call collect. Compared to other countries, where it takes hours of waiting around a telephone office to get a call through, this is a miracle. Direct dialing from your home phone is not only easy but it's the most inexpensive way to place an international call. Beside Skype of-course The telephone directory lists codes for each country. You dial the country code, wait for the connection and then dial the number you wish to reach.

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