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T-Mobile inks deal so customers can roam in Cuba this summer

by Todd Haselton | May 9, 2016May 9, 2016 7:00 pm PST


T-Mobile said Monday that it has reached a deal with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba S.A . (ETECSA), a mobile phone company, that will soon allow T-Mobile customers to roam when traveling to Cuba. That’s big news now that the U.S. is allowing open travel to the country.

“We have more customers of Cuban descent than any other wireless provider,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said Monday in a release that noted about 36.6 percent of Cuban-born wireless users in the United States have tapped T-Mobile as their carrier. The carrier didn’t cite specific data for those figures, however, and it’s the first time we’ve even heard a carrier discuss a customer’s “descent.”

In any case, those customers, once T-Mobile’s roaming deal is live, will be able to travel to and from Cuba placing phone calls, using data and sending text messages without additional fees, provided they’re on the proper plan.

T-Mobile said roaming to Cuba should start sometime later this summer.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...