TDMA users resist network switch

21 Sep 2010 is reporting that some 73,000 wireless subscribers are still using Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad’s (ICE’s) legacy TDMA network, despite being given the option to switch to the company’s newer GSM and W-CDMA platforms. Moreover, those still using the older network are reporting ongoing technical issues including unsent messages, dropped calls and a lack of coverage in some areas.

ICE has previously announced that its TDMA network will be shut down by December, but Jaime Palermo, director of Client Services, is reported by the online news service as saying that there is no defined date for the termination of the service. TDMA users wishing to migrate to one of the other networks are required to purchase a new handset, at a minimum cost of CRC25,000 (USD37.38).

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