Keeping in Touch in Cuba
How do you keep in-touch with your friends & family while you are in Cuba?
Post in Cuba
The postal service is good but slow. A postcard to Europe can take over a month to arrive. Stamps are available everywhere.
Phone & Land Lines in Cuba
To call overseas from Cuba you must dial ‘119’ followed by the country code, city code etc. You can buy special telephone cards from ETESCA offices. With these cards you will have to use one of the blue ETESCA public phones, which are everywhere these days.
Please note: Calling from hotels is always VERY expensive, and even if your call is connected for 1 second you will be charged for a full minute. You could call from your hotel phone, but this will be VERY expensive.
Mobile Phones in Cuba
You can get a mobile phone signal in Havana and Viñales. SMS text messages are not cheap. Not many Cubans have a mobile phone.
For example - a UK mobile on Orange contracts costs:-
50p to text a UK mobile from Cuba
£1.75 per minute or part therefore to call someone from Cuba.
Smartphones & iPhones in Cuba
There is currently no 3G signal in Cuba.
Therefore any internet capacity WILL NOT WORK IN CUBA.
Your iPhone will work as a normal mobile phone, and any apps which reside on the hard-drive will also work.
Any apps which rely on internet connection to work WILL NOT WORK IN CUBA.