Incentives offered to drop TDMA cell phone service

The 45,000 telephone customers that use the TDMA system are being offered incentives to dump their old phone and move up to the GSM or 3G service.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the phone company, has set up a raffle so that every customer who surrenders the TDMA phone and accepts a connection with a more advanced system can win concert tickets or tickets to soccer matches between Costa Rica and China or Costa Rica and Argentina at the inaugurals of the new stadium.

There also are 50 tickets for a concert with Shakira.

TDMA users have from Dec, 17 to Dec. 24 to take the company up on the offer.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has been trying to eliminate the TDMA service, even though some users say it is more reliable. They have announced that they would end the service only to be met with court action that prevented that from happening.

Of course those opting for the newer services will have to purchase a cell phone.

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