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Does T-Mobile Have Service In Costa Rica? (Everything You Need To Know)

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Are traveling to Costa Rica but wondering whether T-Mobile has good service? You are in the right place.

This article answers that and the following questions:

  • Does T-Mobile have good service in Costa Rica? 
  • How reliable is T-Mobile in Costa Rica?  
  • What speeds do you typically get when using T-Mobile in Costa Rica?
  • How much will it cost you to text and call with your T-Mobile in Costa Rica?
  • How much you will be charged for T-Mobile data plans in Costa Rica?
  • Tips to help you stay connected in Costa Rica.

I have been to Costa Rica a few times and during that times I always used my T-Mobile.

Does T-Mobile have good service in Costa Rica?

Yes, T-Mobile has good connectivity throughout Costa Rica.

The few times that I have traveled to Costa Rica, I always enjoyed good connectivity even in the rural areas and throughout the mountains.

I have been to some of the most populated cities and towns in Costa Rica such as Tamarindo and La Fortuna. I have also traveled a few times from San José to San Ramón. T-Mobile worked very well in all these places.

The only place that T-Mobile had poor connectivity was in some areas in Guanacaste Province. However, I was still able to send texts and make calls.

I have always preferred to use my USA line and T-mobile international plans have always made it possible.

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PRO-TIP
When traveling to Costa Rica you can subscribe to one of their International travel plans and you should be good to go. 

Plans with T-Mobile Simple Global enjoy unlimited texting and $0.25/minute when traveling to Costa Rica. 

Check out the list of 210+ countries covered by the T-Mobile International Plan.

See also: Does T-Mobile Have Good Coverage in UAE?

What speeds do you typically get when using T-Mobile in Costa Rica?

Frankly speaking, most of the data speeds are very slow in certain areas of Costa Rica. Sometimes it can take you even up to about 1 minute to load whatever you are searching online.

T-Mobile offers 2G speed for free on the Simple Global plans, which I have enjoyed during my trips to Costa Rica.

Though I mostly rely on WiFi when I’m working, I noted that the T-Mobile 2G speed can work pretty well if you are just using it to perform lightweight browsing like on Google Maps, Waze, or when you are just doing random web browsing.

NOTE:
Plans with T-Mobile Simple Global get to enjoy 2G data for free when traveling to Costa Rica.

Do I have high data speed options when traveling to Costa Rica?

Yes, you can add International Pass to your current plan to enjoy faster data speeds.

The three T-Mobile International Pass includes;

International PassPriceTo Be Used In
1.512MB high-speed International Pass with up to LTE speeds and unlimited calling.$5/day24 hours
2.5GB high-speed International Pass with up to LTE speeds and unlimited calling.$3510 Days
3.15GB high-speed International Pass with up to LTE speeds and unlimited calling.$5030 Days

For more information, visit the T-Mobile Official Website.

How do you activate the International Plans when traveling to Costa Rica?

You will get a text from T-Mobile once you land in Costa Rica. This will allow you to automatically connect to the best network based on your plan.

Tips to Help You Stay Connected While in Costa Rica

  1. In case you want to buy a local SIM Card in Costa Rica, I would recommend getting Kolbi. You will enjoy better coverage compared to its competitors – Claro and Movistar.
  2. Make sure your device is unlocked and is able to work well while in Costa Rica.

Hey, I’m Rose. I’m passionate about electric cars and clean energy. My adventurous spirit and journalistic pursuits make each day fascinating and far greater. I consider traveling not just about the grandeur moments, but the little elements that transform the whole experience.