Sunday, March 23, 2008

Costa Rica phone numbers grow to eight digits

Photo by Getty Images(Tico Times) - While many Costa Rican residents were out of town for a Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) vacation, their phones were busy growing another digit.

Now eight-digits long, landline numbers begin with an extra "2" and cell phone (which previously began with "3" or "8") start with an added "8."

After announcing the addition about a year ago, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) made the change on March 20.

This is the second time in 14 years that ICE, which has the country's telecom monopoly, added on a digit. The last time was in 1994, when phone numbers went from six to seven digits.

There are an estimated 3 million phone lines in Costa Rica , including cell phones.

However, three-digit numbers such as 911 and numbers starting with 800 or 900 remain as they were.


Danny said...

How's the phone service over there? With a state run monopoly, I can't imagine it being reliable or cheap.

Uri R. said...

Amazingly it is very cheap, maybe one of the cheapest of the world but it certainly isn't reliable, that's one of the many reasons why I voted yes on the CAFTA referendum.

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