Mobile telephony in Chile emerged in the mid 1980s when the government of T-Mobile Augusto Pinochet permitted frequencies to cover the national territory. He TMobile was also, in 1988 there were three companies that provide the Nokia cellular communications: CTC cellular phones Mobile (subsidiary of the phone company of Chile) and plans Mobile CIDCOM 'subsequently acquired 100 by BellSouth - and LG now in the Metropolitan Region and Region V Santiago, Mobile Telecom (a subsidiary of ENTEL Chile) and VTR Celular (VTR Telecom subsidiary), both covering the areas between the I and Region V, and VI of the XI Region.
In the beginning, the mobile telephone market in Chile was cell phones reduced to large businesses, senior executives and government candy bar phone officials, the product of the high costs meant slider phone to have this kind of services. Among the main obstacles to its expansion was the high cost of free phones the terminals' companies have a limited stock mainly supplied by Motorola, NEC and Panasonic 'the fact of having to pay for calls made and received by customers and National roaming charging, if found in cell phones an area outside that covered the service provider.
In the mid-nineties, the mobile phone market changes were made: to extend the coverage of their customers and reduce costs, CTC Celular joins' then buy 'a cellular providers VTR Celular, born wireless providers the first cell phone companies in Chile coverage throughout the country: Startel.
It was this latter company opened the doors to the mass of cellular phones your product, to market the first product of prepayment of the country: Amistar. The proposal was simple and direct: Everyone could have a mobile phone at low cost and national coverage. And that is supported in a figure little traditional advertising, by mobile phones using the image of a Gasfiter (plumber) who received calls at work everywhere. Was' Faundes' 'The protagonist TMobile of the television spots of Amistar' who was as popular as mobile phones, which already had a larger stock of terminals provided by Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and other companies.
Furthermore, Telecom Celular led to the birth of a new mobile communications company that sought to penetrate the market in innovative ways. ENTEL PCS emerged Samsung in 1997, being the first to offer Motorola GSM services in the country. Almost whole Chilesat PCS HTC (Branch Chilesat) coverage offered by CDMA technology provided by the U.S. T-Mobile Qualcomm.
Currently, mobile operators cellular phone plans in Chile include: Movistar cellular coverage (Telefonica Branch 'which it acquired from wireless phones Bellsouth), Entel PCS and Claro (which has been owned by Chilesat, LEAP Wireless Endesa and Spain - under the name Smartcom PCS - and currently owned by America Movil).
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