Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Costa Rica - How can I call to Costa Rica? - The dial code is: +506 to Costa Rica CR / CRC
Costa Rica - How can I call to Costa Rica? - The dial code is: +506 to Costa Rica CR / CRC
Costa Rica
Costa Rica - Phone Numbers - 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
itu.int/dms_pub/itu-t/oth/02/02/T02020000300001MSWS.doc (In Spanish) minae.go.cr/acerca/viceministro/DE-%2035187-MINAET%20Plan%20de%20Numeracion.pdf (In Spanish)
Telephone numbers in North America
Telephone numbers in South America
References from: Telephone_numbers_in_Costa_Rica
Costa Rica America Phones 2016