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Posted October 05, 2005 by Brent in Cuba-US Trade

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Does anyone know a better way to communicate with Cubans?

My friend and I had found a great and relatively inexpensive way to communicate with eachother between the US and Cuba. I bought her a cell phone when I was last in Cuba and we are able to send text messages to each other all the time. It is free for her to receive messages from me and it only costs .16c for her to send a message to me. It had been working great for well over two years now, but on Monday the Cuban Government and CubaCel decided to raise the price for sending a text message outside the country from .16c to 2.53c. It is still free for her to receive them but that will probable change too. It is terrible.

Does anyone know a way around this? Does anyone know a local Cuban number that might forward messages outside the country or another relatively inexpensive way for us to communicate daily?


  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 05, 2005 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I know many Cubans don’t have access to computers but Instant Messengers and Skype work great and are free.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on October 05, 2005 by Brent with 6 total posts

    It is a great idea but the problem with IM and Skype is they need access to computers. That access is either ridiculously expensive, illegal or both.

    I misspoke earlier the cost of sending a text message outside Cuba is now $1.00 per message but if you use tildas or other signs it is $2.00 per message. I would say that this is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of but this is Cuba.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on October 06, 2005 by Charlie Dunk with 17 total posts

    I can think of three possible solutions to this problem:

    1. I am in touch with people in Cuba via the internet. One fellow does not have a ‘phone line at home, but his computer is rigged up to the web. Quite how he did it I do not know, but black market links do exist. Remember we are talking Latin-America and anything is possible.

    2. Why not get her a fax machine? The modern ones are little bigger than a telephone. Are they legal? God knows, but Cubans seem to have them.

    3. Why not be old fashioned and write letters?

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