Cuba have become one of the closing countries inside the global to get 3G cellular internet services on Thursday, though maximum citizens on the communist-run island gained't be capable of find the money for it.

people started out receiving text messages inside the morning from the nation phone monopoly informing them that they could purchase net get entry to packages.

formerly, nearly all Cubans should use their mobiles only to get entry to their kingdom-run e mail money owed unless they connected to the net at a limited quantity of presidency-sponsored wireless spots.

authorities officers and foreigners doing commercial enterprise on the island should use their telephones anywhere to get entry to the 3G network in recent years, even though now not usually reliably.

the new provider is being made to be had step by step through Saturday depending on a consumer's cellphone number. That is to keep away from the congestion that hit Cuba's cell community all through a chain of heavily criticized assessments this yr.

"It's exceptional information," stated Gustavo Andujar, who works for the Roman Catholic Church. He was some of the preliminary organization of customers to receive the declaration from the cellphone organization, ETECSA. "It's having the internet on your pocket!"

Andujar said he will use the service to check email and test a few facts, however he will maintain to use wireless for own family conversations by way of video and other downloads because the expenses for the brand new provider are excessive for Cubans.

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The telephone employer is offering month-to-month applications that variety from six hundred megabytes for about $7 (€6.15) to 4 gigabytes for about $30. The ones numbers are in step with charges some other place however are high for maximum Cubans, whose salaries average $30 to $50 a month.

Many Cubans have their mobile debts paid by relatives dwelling abroad.

The internet is broadly speaking uncensored in Cuba. But, the government blocks a small number of websites just like the US-funded Radio and tv Marti networks and others that endorse for systematic change on the communist island.

Cuba has one of the world's lowest rates of internet use, however provider commenced increasing in current years below then-President Raul Castro. Modern President Miguel Diaz-Canel has said he wants to extend connectivity for Cubans.

the new cell provider "is a superb choice for the Cuban people, that all can connect with their domestic without having to go to a park or another place," stated Miguel Pellet, a butcher who has been relying on a wi-fi hotspot at a park.

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