Cuba Ends Cell Phone Restrictions

Although cellphones maybe be more dangerous than cigarettes, that hasn't stopped Cuba from easing restrictions on their usage. The government announced on Friday that it will allow all Cubans to buy and use mobile telephones for the first tiem ever, a move which comes as the latest step in new President Raul Castro's plan to improve access to consumer goods. Cuba has the lowest rate of cellular telephone use in Latin America and the service has been restricted until now to foreigners or government officials and employees. Cuban telecommunications monopoly ETECSA, a joint venture with Telecom Italia, said it would begin selling the service to the general public within days in hard currency. "ETECSA is able to offer mobile phone service to the public," it said in a statement published in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

In the streets of Havana, the freeing of cellular phones services came as welcome news to all. "It was an obvious measure. There will have to be more like it to get rid of the thousand and one obstacles that make life bitter in Cuba," said university student Jofre Valdes, 23.

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Getting a bit hard to get a reliable phone these days at least from what I'm seeing. No biggie Cuba (nice Villagers in London recently!!! Cheers! ).

(Chrono951 said @ #5)
"for the first tiem ever" - spelling error

Anyway, this is great news for Cuba.

Nope, that's just the author showing how "1337" he is.

Well it's about time. Cuba has been 10+ years behind technology, mainly to keep people incommunicated, hopefully this is the beginning to opening Cuba to the rest of the world.

(helios01 said @ #4)
Well it's about time. Cuba has been 10+ years behind technology, mainly to keep people incommunicated, hopefully this is the beginning to opening Cuba to the rest of the world.

yep hopefully they will get more access to internet because I know they use mainly some kind of intranet.

(0sm3l said @ #4.1)

yep hopefully they will get more access to internet because I know they use mainly some kind of intranet.

i dont know... having technology isnt bad, but neither is not having it
i sometimes wish i was born in an age without it, makes life much simpler if you can believe it

(X'tyfe said @ #4.2)

i dont know... having technology isnt bad, but neither is not having it
i sometimes wish i was born in an age without it, makes life much simpler if you can believe it

believe me I lived there... you dont want to!

(0sm3l said @ #4.1)

yep hopefully they will get more access to internet because I know they use mainly some kind of intranet.

They have the internet there. In fact, even small schools in rural villages have internet access. I was watching a documentary on HDNet and it went into great details about life there.

It's actually better to keep them banned. I know in Eastern Europe people who can't afford to eat have at least 1 or 2 cell phones and send messages all day....like a drug. I can only imagine how Cubans with even less income would have the same social pressures and the ensuing cell phone addiction come back to haunt them.

I wonder if this is the sort of thing that will make it a less compelling tourist destination.

I could see it as a marketable point: "Nobody here has those damn ringing irritations!"

And they can also now buy VCRs, Computers and TVs lol! Im glad Fidel's death or "sick" state is changing things around.