I know cell phone questions are asked so often and I have looked at many past answers, but I am confused.
I was in Panama in September and bought a cheap Nokia. It is obviously unlocked since I would just go to any store and buy a SIM card and it worked.
Now I'm going to Costa Rica and I figured I could use the same Nokia and just buy a SIM card at the airport in San Jose. But I was told that my inexpensive cell phones from Panama and from the US will not work in CR because of some government monopoly???? And that I should rent a phone in CR instead.
I don't understand. I had planned on taking my US phone, after signing up for international roaming, as a back up and also taking the cheap Nokia I got in Panama (not really all that cheap - i think it was $20) and putting a CR SIM card in the Panamanian Nokia to use for all of my calls while in CR.
Why won't my Panamanian Nokia work with a CR SIM card?? Is this true??