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Telephone numbers in Costa Rica

Country Code: 506

Before 1994, all phone numbers in Costa Rica were six digits long, but increasing demand of lines impelled the national electricity and telecommunications monopoly, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, to introduce a system in which the telephone numbers in every province were assigned a prefix as follows:

Province/City - Prefix
San José and Heredia - 2
Alajuela - 4
Cartago - 5
Puntarenas and Guanacaste - 6
Limón , South of Puntarenas Province and Pérez Zeledón Canton - 7
Plus, two other prefixes for mobile phone numbers

Mobile Phone Standard - Prefix
TDMA - 3
GSM - 8
Prefix 00 was reserved for international calls, while prefix 9 was assigned to special numbers, such as 9-1-1. Toll-free numbers starts with 800 followed by 7 digits while premium rate numbers starts with 900 followed by 7 digits.

This numbering system was effective for some time. However, the boom of mobile phone customers since the introduction of GSM around 2000 and the expansion of metropolitan areas caused a serious shortage of available numbers. Thus many GSM-based customers have to use a number starting with 3 and many residents of San Jose province have telephone numbers starting with prefixes other than 2.

Since March 20, 2008, a renewed numbering system added the prefix 2 for all landlines and 8 for all mobile phone numbers. This system was implemented in order to face the introduction of 1,5 million 3G W-CDMA due to Q1 2009. The transition to 8-digit based was heavily publicized on Costa Rican media. However, the change caused some confusion among many foreigners. Also, all calls dialed using the old 7-digit version of the phone number are automatically redirected to a voice message informing about the change.

8 digit numbers are commonly written two ways: "xxxx xxxx" or "xx xx xx xx"

[ Current Costa Rican Numeration Plan

Country Code - Number Prefix - Fixed or Mobile - Province - Provider
- 22XX - Fixed - San Jose and Heredia - GrupoICE
- 23XX - Unallocated - Unallocated - GrupoICE
- 24XX - Fixed - Alajuela - GrupoICE
- 25XX - Fixed - Cartago - GrupoICE
- 2511 - Fixed - Reserved to Universidad de Costa Rica - GrupoICE
- 26XX - Fixed - Guanacaste, Central and North Puntarenas - GrupoICE
- 27XX - Fixed - Limon and South Puntarenas Province - GrupoICE
- 29XX - Unallocated - Unallocated - GrupoICE
- 3XXX to 7XXX and 9XXX - Unallocated Mobile or Fixed - Unallocated - Unallocated
- 83XX - Mobile GSM and TDMA - Countrywide - GrupoICE - ICECelular
- 88XX - Mobile GSM - Countrywide - GrupoICE - ICECelular
- 89XX - Mobile GSM - Countrywide - GrupoICE - ICECelular
  • NOTE:

    The Numbers with Prefix 25XX Might be seen also in San Jose and Heredia since all numbers with 22XX has been almost depleted.

    Special Costa Rica Numbers

    Class - Length - Type - Example
    Special - 3 Digits - Service Provider, Government and Services - 110, 113, 115, 118, 119, 124, 134, 155, 187, 193, 197, 199
    SMS Services - 4 Digit - 3rd Party SMS Content Providers - 7777
    800 Toll Free Numbers - 10 Digits - 3rd Party Company or Organization - 800-286-0101
    900 and 905 Premium-Toll Numbers - 10 Digits - 3rd Party Company or Organization - 900-365-4632
    http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-t/oth/02/02/T02020000300001MSWS.doc (In Spanish)
    http://www.minae.go.cr/acerca/viceministro/DE-%2035187-MINAET%20Plan%20de%20Numeracion.pdf (In Spanish)


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    Samsung in Costa Rica  - - Models: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Fold, S22, A22, Edge, Plus, Mini, Note - The Samsung S22 Ultra screen is 6,8 inches with 4 back cameras: 108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP and a 40MP selfie camera. Memory options with 128 / 256 / 512 GB. The 5000 mAh battery with fast charge.
    iPhone in Costa Rica  - - Apple. iPhone models : Plus, Pro, Max. - The iPhone 14 Pro Max display is 6.7 inches with a resolution of 2778x1284 pixels at 460 ppi. The operating system iOS 16. Includes 4 cameras, the main rear camera is 48MP + 12MP ultra wide + 12MP and a 12MP front camera with automatic focus. With 6GB of RAM Memory and Storage options with 256, 512 and 1 TB. Chip CPU A16 Bionic Hexa-core. Battery 4,323 mAh Li-Po with fast and Qi wireless charging.
    Pixel in Costa Rica  - made by Google models : Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. The Pixel 7 Pro display is 6.7" LTPO OLED, refresh rate of 120Hz, 3120×1440 QHD+ pixel resolution. Storage options of 128, 256, or 512 GB with internal RAM memory of 12 GB. The rear cameras are 50 MP sensor with f/1.85 lens, 12 MP ultrawide sensor with f/2.2 lens & 48 MP telephoto sensor with f/3.5 lens. The front camera is 11.1 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens and 92.8° field of view; Laser detect autofocus, optical image stabilization. The battery capacity is 5000 mAh non-removable with fast charging, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Uses the Google Tensor G2 processor. The operating system Android 13 OS. With Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and IP68 water and dust resistance.
    Xiaomi in Costa Rica  - - Redmi, Note, Mi, Mi Max - The Xiaomi Mi 11 screen is 6.81 inches with a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with eight nucleus and 8GB of RAM. The operating system is with Android 11 OS. The 4.600 mAh battery with wireless and fast charge.
    Sony in Costa Rica  - - Sony Xperia L 4G LTE and 5G - Sony Xperia L4 is a smartphone with a 6.20 inches screen with a resolution of 720x1680 pixels. The processor is a MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) of eight nucleus with 3GB of internal RAM. Runs Android Pie OS. The 3580 mAh battery is fast charging.
    Motorola in Costa Rica  - - Moto X Force - Models One Fusion Plus, G 5G Plus, Edge, RAZR, G9, G8, Droid - Motorola Edge screen is 6.70 inches, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor of eight nucleus, and 4GB of RAM. Includes 3 cameras with 64 + 16 + 8 megapixels. The front camera is 25 megapixels, with f / 2.0. The 128 GB internal storage, can be increased with a microSD card (up to 1000 GB). IP54 protection against dust and water resistant. Runs with Android 10. The 4500 mAh battery accepts fast charge.
    Huawei in Costa Rica  - - P, Mate - The Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus screen is 6.76 inches, the processor is a Hisilicon Kirin 9000 5G, with 12 GB RAM and a internal storage of 256 GB. Includes 5 cameras: 50+12+8+20+TOF 3D megapixels and runs Android 10.
    Honor in Costa Rica  - - Honor 50 smartphone screen is 6,57 inches (2340 x 1080), processor qualcomm snapdragon 778G, front camera 32mp and 4 cameras 108mp + 8mp + 2mp + 2mp, memory RAM 8 GB, storage 128 GB, battery 4300 mAh, Android 11 Operating System
    OnePlus in Costa Rica  - - The OnePlus 8T screen is 6.55 " (2400 x 1080 20: 9 120Hz AMOLED) - Processor: Snapdragon 865, RAM 12 GB Memory, Storage 256GB, Cameras 48MP f.1.7, Ultra-wide: 16MP f 2.2. Macro 5 MP + front 16MP f 2.4. Runs oxygen os 11 (Android 11) Operating System. The 4.500 mAh battery, 5G, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, Dual SIM, stereo speakers Dolby Atmos, Dimensions 160,7 x 74,1 x 8,4 mm, 188 gr
    Oppo in Costa Rica  - - Oppo Find X3 Pro screen is 6,70 inches (1440 x 3216), cameras 50MP + 50MP + 13MP + 5MP + front : 32MP, memory RAM 12 GB, storage 256 GB, processor qualcomm snapdragon 888, battery 4500 mAh, android 11
    LG in Costa Rica  - - LG G - LG Velvet 2 screens of 6.80 inches. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 of eight nucleus. Internal Memory 6GB RAM. Runs with Android 10 OS. The 4300 mAh battery can be charged with the Quick Charge 4+ or wireless.
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    Alcatel in Costa Rica  - - Alcatel One Touch Fire
    ZTE in Costa Rica - Blade Max, V8, V7, Axon 7, Pro - The Blade V8 includes 2 cameras and fingerprint reader. The best sound experience. High Quality Photos with the Bokeh effect.
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