Cubans get internet on mobile phones
HAVANA — 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 communistruled island.
Users began receiving text messages in the morning from the state telephone monopoly informing them that they can buy an internet access packages for 3G service.
Previously, nearly all Cubans could use their mobile phones only to get their staterun email accounts unless they connected to the internet at a limited number of government-sponsored Wi-Fi spots.
The new service is being made available gradually through Saturday depending on a user’s phone number, to avoid the congestion that struck Cuba’s mobile network during a series of heavily criticized tests this year.
The phone company is offering packages ranging from 600 megabytes for about $7 to four gigabytes for about $30, which is in line with charges elsewhere but high for most Cubans, whose salaries average $30 to $50 a month.
The internet is mostly uncensored in Cuba.