Costa Rica has an overall good communication
system. Coin operated telephones
take only silver coins -so do automatic pay tolls- (5, 10 &
20 face value). These phones are quickly losing ground to those that
accept magnetic or chip cards, pre-paid services help you organize a
budget. There are three types of cards available at the Costa Rican
Electricity Institute (ICE), the national post office, Correos de Costa
Rica (local mail offices), or at many businesses displaying the gold
and blue ICE sign that reads "TARJETAS TELEFONICAS" (telephone
Chip cards (500, 1000 or 2000 colones)
operate in blue cased public phones. Insert the card in the slot
an follow instructions. Two other pre-paid cards can be used from any
touch tone phone, but requires to punch in a long complex number.
The 197 cards (200 and 400) allow in-country calls, while the 199 cards ($10, $20 or 3000 colones) are for international calls
and have instructions in English.
You can also make long-distance calls and
send or receive faxes at Radiográfica Costarricense or use one of many
new internet cafes.