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    by VARGAS NAYURIBE

    To be sure that the new 3G phone users have sufficient funds to pay their Kölbi plans each month, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has begun to request proof of income to those who acquire the service.

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    Kölbi plans consist of the cell phone and the ability to send and receive calls or data as well as using the Internet. According to the package that is purchased, customers pay a fee for the ICE unit and another for the services they use.

    Elberth Duran, spokesman for the institution, said that “we must be sure that the person has sufficient support to pay for the application” that was purchased. The change in the requirements went into effect on April 29th.

    The other documents requested by ICE, in addition to the wage record or certification of an independent income, are a management order and a copy of the identity card or residence.

    The statement should indicate the net salary, years of service and that the client is free of attachment.

    According to Duran, in order to lower delinquency cases registered by the ICE, the type of plan you purchase will depend on its user’s income.

    To purchase a Kölbi plan for Nokia 2720 GSM, you need to report a net minimum income of ¢75,331/month.

    But if the customer is interested in a 3G BlackBerry Bold 9000, the net minimum income that must claim is ¢437,221/month, according to the official website of ICE.

    The bill also includes Datacard or neetbook packages that allow mobile access to Internet.

    Editing and translation by TCRN Staff

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