Even if it is an emergency for you to find out the time, officials hope you will not call 911 or 112. Hundreds do, and that ties up the emergency service telephones.
The problem is that the telephone number to obtain the correct time has been changed as of Jan. 11. The correct number for the service provided by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad is 1112. The numbers became four digits to accommodate the future private telephone companies.
The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones issued the reminder Tuesday.