Good news for T-Mobile customers traveling to Cuba this summer.
The self-proclaimed un-carrier has inked a roaming deal with Cuban telecom company Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, which will make it more affordable for customers to call Cuba and give access to those traveling there.
T-Mobile Simple Choice customers who add the company's $15 monthly Stateside International Talk feature will be able to call landlines and wireless phones in Cuba from the US for $0.60 per minute — 65 percent less than you'd pay today. The deal also lets T-Mobile users make calls, text, and use data while traveling in Cuba, starting this summer.
"The historic opening of Cuba is a natural opportunity for us to take action, and we are," T-Mobile President and CEO John Legere said in a statement. "We have more customers of Cuban descent than any other wireless provider — so connecting them with family and friends in Cuba is a message we heard loud and clear!"
T-Mobile said Cuba has been the No. 1 requested addition to its international roaming plan, and boasted that it has more Cuban-born wireless customers than its competitors.
"Customers in Cuban-American hubs like Miami are choosing T-Mobile and MetroPCS nearly twice as often as AT&T or Verizon," T-Mobile said.
As PCMag's Will Fenton discovered during a recent trip to Havana, Internet access in Cuba has improved in recent years, but remains slow and spotty. Most people connect via hotspots throughout the city using Internet access "nav" cards that allow them to connect for certain periods of time. Those near those hotspots use repeaters to extend the signal.
Sprint and Verizon started offering roaming in Cuba last year, but it's not cheap.