Costa Rica News – My unlimited internet plan from Movistar had a very sketchy contract that was not at all identical to the verbal contract they gave me. “It’s because the papers come from Guatemala,” they told me, as if that makes it normal. Sure enough, they started charging crazy rates for internet that was “unlimited.” I paid about $9 in two days. So, I switched to ICE, which is now the one having issues.
ICE announced that 2% of their postpaid mobile internet customers can expect to see reduced browsing speed, as a punishment for excessive consumption on their UNLIMITED plans. They asked customers to “make wise use of the service and thus not affect the quality of other users.”
Those who use above 6 GB will receive a message alerting them that they have hit the parameter. Elberth Duran “discovered” that “There are people who make a profit from the internet and its excessive use.” To those terrible people making money on the internet, their speed can be slowed down to 128 kbps.
The mobile internet world average is 1 GB, and 85% of users in Costa Rica consume up to 3 megs. Phones are not meant to provide internet to multiple computers and use over 6 GB, or so goes the argument. Because the unlimited network is not sustainable, ICE will advise customers that their contracts will now have a limit.