All cellular devices authorized by the telecommunications regulator will have a sticker to indicate approval by an independent laboratory. Any model sold in the country must have an all-clear to indicate it can operate freely on the country’s network as it expands.
So far 57 models of cell phones, four tracking devices, and three credit card readers are authorized, said the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones. The phones cover all the major brands including smart phones, though 3G is not catching on quickly due to low-quality service and lack of interest.
The authorized centers will check that the phone is compatible with the network, its displays are in Spanish and that it offers the range of functions expected of that sort of phone.