Cubans get in­ter­net ac­cess via cell­phones

The Bradenton Herald - - Business -

For the first time, av­er­age Cubans be­came el­i­gi­ble to sign up for in­ter­net ser­vice for their mo­bile phones Thurs­day, a de­vel­op­ment long awaited on the com­mu­nist-ruled is­land.

Users be­gan re­ceiv­ing text mes­sages in the morn­ing from the state tele­phone mo­nop­oly in­form­ing them that they can buy an in­ter­net ac­cess pack­age for 3G ser­vice.

Pre­vi­ously, nearly all Cubans could use their mo­bile phones only to get their state-run email ac­counts un­less they con­nected to the in­ter­net at a lim­ited num­ber of gov­ern­ment-spon­sored Wi-Fi spots.

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