Following the recent developments between Cuba and the U.S., a number of U.S.-based companies have been looking to establish their presence in Cuba. A move which inevitably is good news for those who live in the U.S. but expect to travel to Cuba in the foreseeable future or those just looking for cheaper calls to Cuba. Google is already reported to be looking to bring free internet to Cuba, while Verizon was reported to have inked a deal with Etecsa for those travelling to Cuba while using Verizon as their preferred network of choice.
Now, T-Mobile has announced their plans for expanding their roaming capabilities in Cuba, as the company today confirmed they have also inked an interconnect and roaming agreement with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba. A deal which will see T-Mobile improving capabilities when roaming and reducing costs when contacting friends and family in Cuba. In terms of the 'friends and family', T-Mobile notes that this is a major concern for them in particular, as the company's CEO, John Legere, made it clear that T-Mobile has "more customers of Cuban descent than any other wireless provider." With the T-Mobile announcement further noting that as much as 36-percent of Cuban-born wireless customers make use of their network and that areas like Miami are choosing T-Mobile almost twice as much as they are choosing Verizon or AT&T. As a result of this and what T-Mobile sees as a substantial number of its users, T-Mobile stated the ability for those customers to stay connected to their loves ones "is a message we heard loud and clear!"
The result of the new announcement from T-Mobile means that any T-Mobile customers who are on a Simple Choice plan can take advantage of calls to Cuban landlines and wireless phones from the U.S. for only $0.60 per minute. According to T-Mobile this equates to a saving of 65-percent compared to before the deal was made. Although, interested customers will have to be signed up to the $15 monthly 'Stateside International Talk' to take advantage of the reduced pricing. T-Mobile has also confirmed that from this summer, Simple Choice customers will also be able to make use of data, as well as voice calls and texts when heading to Cuba, although specific details on roaming costs were not provided as of yet. Those interesting in reading the announcement in full, can do so by heading through the source link below.