Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 25, 2011

Tuesday´s News

[Today] Changes To Off Peak Calling Hours Take Effect


Waiting for 7pm to before 7am or weekends and holidays to save money on a telephone call either from home, work or a cell phone will no longer be, beginning tomorrow, when the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) cuts back and eliminates  the off peak hour discounts.

Earlier this month the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) approved ICE’s request to remove the discounts offered on phone calls between 7pm and 7am weekdays, weekends and holidays, as part of the changes to head off the competition later this year.

However, the off peak discounts will not disappear completely – not yet anyway – just that there will be a shift in the times between April 26 and December 31, says an ICE press release.

Beginning [today] to June 30, the off peak hours will be from Monday to Saturday between 10pm and 8am and all day Sundays and holidays.

From July 1 to September 30, the off peak hours will be from 11pm to 7am Monday to Sunday and from October 1 to December 31 the off peak calling hours will be from Monday to Sunday between 1am and 5am.

And from January 1, 2012, when Movistar and Claro are expected to enter the market, ICE’s plans are to eliminate the off peak calling hours completely. However, that may change due to market conditions at the time.

The difference, the off peak cost of a call made from a fixed line phone is ¢2 colones, while during peak hours it is more than double, ¢4.1 colones, while a cellular minute during off peak hours is ¢23 colones, during peak hours it jumps to ¢30 colones.

Word of the Day

dis·count: \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt\
Origin: 1615–25; dis-1  + count1 ,  modeled on French décompter, Old French desconter  < Medieval Latin discomputāre
-verb (used with object)
1. to deduct a certain amount from (a bill, charge, etc.): All bills that are paid promptly will be discounted at two percent.
2. to offer for sale or sell at a reduced price: The store discounted all clothing for the sale.
3. to advance or lend money with deduction of interest on (commercial paper not immediately payable).
4. to purchase or sell (a bill or note) before maturity at a reduction based on the interest for the time it still has to run.
5. to leave out of account; disregard: Even if we discount the irrelevant material, the thesis remains mediocre.
6. to allow for exaggeration in (a statement, opinion, etc.): Knowing his political bias they discounted most of his story.
7. to take into account in advance, often so as to diminish the effect of: They had discounted the effect of a decline in the stock market.
verb (used without object) advance or lend money after deduction of interest. offer goods or services at a reduced price.
10.the act or an instance of discounting. amount deducted from the usual list price.
12.any deduction from the nominal value.
13.a payment of interest in advance upon a loan of money.
14.the amount of interest obtained by one who discounts. allowance made for exaggeration or bias, as in a report, story, etc.: Even after all the discounts are taken, his story sounds phony.
16.selling or offered at less than the usual or established price: discount theater tickets.
17.selling goods at a discount: a discount drugstore.

More Vocabulary

Eliminate: v. to put an end to or get rid of
Market: n.
the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is effected
Off peak: adj.
not being in the period of maximum use or business
Peak: adj.
of, relating to, or being a period of maximum intensity or activity

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