Phone company marketing iPhones and user plans

The telephone company will begin marketing iPhones 3 and 4 Wednesday, but requirements suggest that most expats will have to get a note from their accountant to sign up.

The iPhones themselves will range from $352 for a 3G model with 8 gigabytes of memory to $581 for a 4G with 32 gigabytes of memory. Both prices are for a 12-month contract.

Then there are the charges for use. That ranges from 15,435 colons a month to 39,278. The difference depends on the amount of download and the number of cell telephone minutes and the number of text messages. The full description of the plans is HERE.

The G4 telephone allowed Internet access, face-to-face communication and a 5 megapixel camera, the company said.

Like every transaction with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, there are certain papers that someone seeking to rent a phone must bring. Individuals need a constancia salarial, a document from an employer specifying the salary.

Anyone without a salaried job, as many expats are, need to have a statement from a public accountant. The company also wants users to sign up for an automatic debit plan.

According to the company, those signing up for an iPhone plan have to rent the phone at the same time. There was no mention of the many persons who already have an iPhone.

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