T-Mobile, the “un-carrier” famed for bringing disruption to the U.S. cellular market, has announced that its customers will be able to get access to voice, text, and data allowances while roaming in Cuba, starting this summer.
Connecting customers with family and friends in Cuba is a message we heard loud and clear!- John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile
The news hit the Web in a press release (via 9to5mac), in which the network (and its CEO) celebrated the recent “opening of Cuba” for U.S. businesses. Its move comes as part of a deal made with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, a Cuban telecommunications company, and as the press release explains:
The new deal enables the Un-carrier to do its part to open communications between the U.S. and the island nation, delivering more affordable voice calling for customers who want to keep in touch with friends and family in Cuba, as well as voice, text and data roaming for customers traveling to Cuba starting this summer.
John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, added: “The historic opening of Cuba is a natural opportunity for us to take action, and we are. That’s the Un-carrier way! 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!”
Cuba has been the number one most-requested addition to T-Mobile's international roaming on social media, the press release adds. As a result of today's deal, T-Mobile Simple Choice customers will be able to:
- Call landlines and wireless phones in Cuba from the U.S. for just $0.60 per minute – 65 percent less than today – with the popular monthly “Stateside International Talk” feature ($15 per month) and
- Use voice, text, and data while traveling in Cuba, starting this summer.
This is of course good news for customers of the un-carrier, who've recently encountered some controversial issues with the network's Binge On service.
T-Mobile notes that roaming in Cuba is indeed set to begin this summer, so look out for further information on the move. We'll indeed keep you updated as we hear more.