Posted by: Idioma Extra | September 20, 2010

Monday´s News

73.000 TDMA Users In Costa Rica Resisting Change


Despite advances in technology, some 73.000 cellular users in Costa Rica continue with the old TDMA service, even though they have to endure problems with service provided by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) during the last several months.

Some of the problems are unsent messages, calls cut and lack of coverage in some areas.

The TDMA is first cellular technology to arrive in Costa Rica more than a decade ago and although GSM and 3G service and cellular phones offer more options, users are refusing to give up their old phones for the new.

According to ICE the problems with the service is due to needed maintenance, causing problems with the frequencies assigned to the TDMA.

ICE had announced that the TDMA would be phased out by December and more than 200.000 users have moved over to the GSM and 3G networks. However, Jaime Palermo, director of Client Services at ICE, says there is no defined date for the elimination of the service. Palermos says that there has to occur a 100% migration of users before that can happen.

ICE offers customers of the TDMA to move over to the GSM or 3G and keep their phone number, a concern of many TDMA users who have had the same number for a decade or more.

Other than resisting to change, TDMA users migrating to the other services are faced with having to purchase new telephone units. GSM units start as little as ¢25.000 colones, while the lowest priced 3G phones are around ¢75.000 colones. Cellular phones with advanced features cost more.

Word of the Day
plural fre·quen·cies
1: the fact or condition of occurring frequently
2 a: the number of times that a periodic function repeats the same sequence of values during a unit variation of the independent variable b: the number, proportion, or percentage of items in a particular category in a set of data
3: the number of repetitions of a periodic process in a unit of time: as a: the number of complete alternations per second of an alternating current b: the number of complete oscillations per second of energy (as sound or electromagnetic radiation) in the form of waves

More Vocabulary

Decade: n. a period of 10 years
Despite: prep. in spite of
Endure: v. to undergo (as a hardship) especially without giving in
Migration: n. the process or act of migrating

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Move over: to change or cause to change to another position, esp. to make room for another

  • Sharon, please make space on the bench by moving over.

Phase out: to bring or come to an end gradually; ease out of service

  • In order to improve our productivity, we will have to phase out the obsolescent machinery and start using the modern ones.

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