renting cell phones in costa rica


May 17th, 2009, 06:52 PM
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renting cell phones in costa rica

Has anyone rented cell phones to call the US while in costa rica? How does this compare to purchasing phone cards to call the states? Any recommendations on either option? If cell phones, which company and if cards, where to purchase and where to call from?
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May 18th, 2009, 12:52 PM
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Hi, My friends rented a cell phone, and sorry to say. It was a total rip off. They paid $350 for one month, just for the phone and the calls were soo overpriced.

I recommend to go to an internet shop, or bring your lap top, cause the majority of hotels have wi-fi and use skype. it's the cheapest and very reliable.

Hope this helps,
Marina K. Villatoro
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May 19th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Be very careful! Do NOT use this company:
they are a total rip-off!!!
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Jul 4th, 2009, 02:57 PM
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What about simply buying a cheap phone at the start of your trip and putting pre-paid minutes on it? Is that possible or practical in Costa Rica?
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Jul 4th, 2009, 05:19 PM
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You may want to try renting your cell phone before you leave the US. Check with your US carrier and see what arrangements they can make. Also, I know AAA has a deal with a company for discounts.
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Jul 6th, 2009, 01:38 PM
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CR cell phone carrier is a monopoly and does not allow prepaid SIMs. Only citizens are allowed to obtain cellphones. I tried a company called Celtrek that used to work, but flaked out. Your best bet is Skype from the internet cafe, or prepaid phone cards and payphones.
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Jul 7th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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I bought an unlocked phone on EBAY and have used it all over the world including Costa Rica - bought the sim card at If worked fine
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