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Question About Using My Mobile Phone

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Question About Using My Mobile Phone

Hello All,

Im visiting Costa Rica for five days next week. This is my first visit. Im staying in a hotel in San Jose. From there I will take tours and all that. Im from the USA.

Anyway, I have a question about purchasing and using a sim card during my stay, My personal cell phone cannot use a sim card. So when I traveled to Beijing a couple of years ago, I bought a really inexpensive LG mobile phone. It is only a plain phone, but can take a sim card. I believe I was told the phone is 2G. Can I use this type of phone in Costa Rica? I would just use it for local calls. I plan on meeting some local people in San Jose, but they are unsure about my type of phone.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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1. Re: Question About Using My Mobile Phone

Hello! Welcome to C.R by the way, if your cellphone works with a Sim card you can use it, but if it is 2G you may forget about the internet on your cellphone, at front of the Hotel Costa Rica, you will see "La plaza de la cultura" and the national theater, there are a bunch of boys and girls selling sim cards for 1 to 2 thousand colones, if you have further questions just let me know, I am local so just ask

Regards, enjoy your time here!

Edited: 12:28 pm, March 12, 2014
Wayne, New Jersey
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2. Re: Question About Using My Mobile Phone

More importantly, you phone needs to support the 1800 Mhz band. Most of China is 900 Mhz. Your phone probably support multiple bands, so check to see.

New York City, New...
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3. Re: Question About Using My Mobile Phone

Check on gsmword.com which bands are supported in CR, Then check with your cell phone manufacturer which bands the cell supports. If at least one band matches, then you're good to go. Buy a local SIM for cheap and you'll be able to make cheap calls.

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