Posted on Thursday, 12.11.08
Cell phone costs slashed for Cubans
The Associated Press
HAVANA — It's now a little bit easier to activate a cell phone in Cuba.
Cuba's telephone monopoly Etecsa is cutting the cost of activating a
cellular phone from $120 to about $65 – a move that could put the
once-restricted devices in the hands of more ordinary citizens.
In April, the government opened cellular phone service to any Cuban who
can afford it. Previously, only foreigners and Cubans holding key
government jobs could have cell phones.
Customers still must buy a phone card for the calls. Making or receiving
local calls costs 30 cents a minute. Calls to the U.S. are $2.70 a minute.
Cell phones are still out of reach for most Cubans, whose salaries
average about $20 month.