Movistar Joins 4G Market
Spanish-backed cellco Movistar has launched commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Costa Rica, the company announced in a press release. Existing post-paid customers on plans of more than CRC10,000 (USD18.16) per month can upgrade to the 4G package for an additional CRC10,000 per month, but this requires a 4G-compatible phone and SIM to do so. The 4G tariff includes 2GB of data and free unlimited calls and texts to other Movistar numbers. Meanwhile, customers purchasing either the 1200 or 1600 community plans will have free access to the 4G service – including free on-net calls and messages. The cellco also offers three pre-paid LTE plans, for daily (CRC800, 250MB), weekly (CRC4,000, 1GB) or monthly (CRC8,000, 3GB) access. Movistar’s rival operators, state-backed ICE (which offers telecoms services under the Kolbi brand) and Claro Costa Rica launched LTE services in November 2013 and 1 April 2014 respectively.