TDMA is NO LONGER IN SERVICE IN COSTA RICA
(sad as it was THE MOST RELIABLE cell service!!!!)
Do you STILL have an ACTIVE TDMA phone line? It's NOT too late to claim your FREE 3G phone from ICE!!!!! BUT, they're RUNNING OUT on this batch and probably will BY the END OF THIS WEEK!!!
TODAY I went to ICE (the NEW one in San Jose - Sabana Sur - just 50 mts. up from the Comptroleria) to get mine - a basic (no camera BUT it does have access to internet connection if I choose to sign up for it for 7,000/month) Huawei nice small lightweight cell phone that I hear is almost as easy as the basic Nokia's to set up!!!
I got to keep my original number that I've had for 7+ years!!
I said to MANY people about 2 years ago when they were threatening to shut down TDMA in a few months - just chill as I "felt" there was NO WAY they were going to force everyone to go out & BUY a $150+++ G3 phone - especially when some people are making less than $230/month - and that in the end - those that hold out WILL somehow get compensated!
Sure 'nuf - 2 years later TDMA is still working (though it IS on it's way out) and STILL more reliable than GSM and 3G (though ALL 3 systems SUCK lately) & guess what - those of us that held out got a FREE phone and saved $150++!!
They happily programed the PHONE prompts ON the phone (that you see) in ENGLISH for me (what I look at but currently the whole system, the part the gal is chatting in Spanish is ONLY in Spanish but I heard they're working on it. Plus I'm still having some challenges at times with Voicemail) but I'm working with someone there to get the prompts translated in English and will post/share them when it's done.
For these FREE 3G phones you DO STILL HAVE to have a LIVE TDMA Line along with Residency (hence a cedula) or a the EXISTING TDMA line in your Corporation so all I had to do was bring my passport and the old phone and 20 minutes later walk out with your BRAND NEW Huawei 3G phone!!
I hear that MANY of the smaller offices do not have these so you MAY have to go to San Jose - one of the 2 offices in Sabana.
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE YOU KNOW THAT IS STILL WITH THE TDMA SYSTEM (ASK EVERYONE!!!)
It was a GOOD DAY!!! THANX ICE (& HUGS to my angel!!!)