Telecom agency stresses phones must be approved

Telecom regulators are warning citizens that the cell telephone they purchase should carry a sticker saying that it will work on the country’s network.

The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones said that a directive that went into force nearly a year ago allows it to specify what telephones will work with the national network.

Right now the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad still is the only provider, but competitors are about to participate in an auction that will provide them frequencies.

A Web page lists the telephones and GPS locations that are approved. There is a code that is used to activate the cell phone that verifies that it has been approved, the agency said.

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