With new telecom providers entering the market, the telecom regulator has expanded the various service numbers from three digits to four. In most cases the number 0 has been placed within the existing three numbers.
Not being changed is 911 the emergency number and 112 which also is used to report emergencies, said the agency, the Authoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos..
However, numbers like 126 to report electrical outages to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad now becomes 1026 and the telephone outage number is now 1119 instead of 118.
The new numbers go into service Jan. 11, and the existing telecom provider will be making public service announcements of the new numbers.