Sprint signs deal allowing subscribers to roam in Cuba

Sprint signs deal allowing subscribers to roam in Cuba
With the U.S. and Cuba working on normalizing relations between the two countries, Sprint has looked ahead and says that there soon will be increasing numbers of U.S. travelers trekking down to the island nation. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure says that he wants Sprint customers making the trip to Cuba, to be able to use their phones as easily as they do back home.

As a result, Sprint has inked a deal with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) to allow its customers to roam in Cuba. The nation's fourth largest carrier says that it will announce more details about roaming in Cuba at a future date. At that time, Sprint will probably reveal whether the roaming service in Cuba will be covered by its Global Roaming or Open World plans. The latter focuses on connectivity in Canada, Mexico, and  other countries in the Latin America region.

In announcing that it has become the first mobile carrier to sign a deal with ETECSA, Sprint says that it expects 3 million people from around the world to visit Cuba this year. Within the next ten years, that number is expected to rise to 5 million travelers a year. Many of them will be Sprint customers visiting Cuba to work, study or visit family. Sprint says that the deal announced today will make things more "convenient" for these Sprint subscribers.

source: Sprint via Engadget
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