I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
I’m NOT an expert (an "expert" 2 ME knows 101%-NOT me). I believe in sharin info•helping where I can! And with over 2,200 entries, so some things might be out of date, so if you find old info PLEASE help each other by getting the updated info & sharing it with me to revise. At least you have some basic info to get you started.
Better yet - do you have extra time on your hands & looking for a volunteer project? Since this blog is a labor of love & RARELY does anyone share a donation (even though MANY have said how much it's helped them), I could REALLY use help updating info. Spanish speakers ESPECIALLY welcome since my VicLish can be somewhat limited at times!!

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• APPLE LAPTOP - Do you have a Laptop you're not using? Mine recently broke so I'm using a lender. Must be new enough to run current Skypes & have an SDCard slot.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

BLOCKED INTERNATIONAL CALLS - Why Can't I Call Internationally or People Internationally Call Me

MANY a landlord has had a tenant move out and 2-3 months later when the phone bill arrived - were shocked by the $500-$1,000+ phone bill they left behind.  So if you're renting, a SMART landlord will BLOCK you from being able to make international calls (a SMART thing to do if one rents their house out).

BUT, what that ALSO means is that it ALSO BLOCKS ALL INCOMING INTERNATIONAL calls!!!

To unblock it - the person who's name is ON the phone MUST ONLY THEM go TO ICE with their cedula or ORIGINAL passport (NO copies) or if it's in the name of a corporation, the CURRENT (within less than 30 days) Jersonaria Juridica to change that (I have heard of 1 person that did it by fax).  If that phone's been handed down for generations as they often are - & the person has died - I was told by a friend at ICE that it's a VERY DIFFICULT thing to change which often involves going to court to change it (I asked as it happened to me with my old house I rented).  Ahhhh - life in "Paradise"!!!

Best thing to do - get SKYPE or something equivalent!!!  I have Skype, a monthly plan that gives me unlimited free calls to the U.S. (& Canada for the one I'm on) PLUS I have a U.S. # that was just $60 a year to get & I could pick the area!!  The cool thing is when I go to the states, I can forward that phone to my cell so no one knows the difference & since I get free calls - there's no extra forwarding fee!!!



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