CPI Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use my cellular phone in Costa Rica while studying with CPI Spanish Immersion?
Once in Costa Rica, you can buy a pre-paid cell phone. Alternatively, you can also bring your own cell phone and buy a local SIM card.
It is possible to bring your own cell phone and buy a SIM card ($5 or more). Important: in order to use a SIM card, make sure that your cell phone is unblocked and works on 850Mha frequency. SIM cards do not work on AT&M, MCI, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile cell phones unless specially unlocked with the provider. Check with your provider before arriving to Costa Rica to arrange for your phone to be compatible with a local SIM card. With proper notice, some providers also offer the option of temporarily disconnecting your home service while abroad.
SIM cards can be purchased in your country before coming or can also be purchased at the airport. It is recommended that you purchase your SIM card at a local vendor in Costa Rica. Please note that your passport is required when purchasing and setting up your local, prepaid service.
You can recharge your cellular minutes at a variety of local stores, but they require payment in cash. The main cellular carriers in Costa Rica are Kolbi, Movistar, Claro, and your CPI staff will be happy to give recommendations about which network you should choose based on your travel plans.
CPI also offers free international and local calls through Skype. Ask at reception which countries are included in this service.