U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile on Friday said it is lighting up its roaming service in Cuba just days after competitor AT&T did the same.
The Un-carrier said its agreement with Cuba’s telecommunications authorities will allow it to offer roaming calls for $2 per minute, sent text and multimedia messages for 50 cents per message and data use for $2 per megabyte for customers traveling in the country. T-Mobile said customers will also have the option to use Wi-Fi calling to make free voice calls.
According to T-Mobile, nearly 44 percent of Cuban-born wireless customers in the United States use T-Mobile service.
“The opening of Cuba has been historic—and we’re excited to do our part to help people connect,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said. “Since we have more customers of Cuban descent than any other wireless company, we’re incredibly happy to light up Cuba today for all of our T-Mobile customers. Dale, vámonos a Cuba!”
The move comes just days after stateside wireless competitor AT&T announced it was activating its own roaming service in Cuba. AT&T is offering voice calls at a rate of $3 per minute, SMS messages for 50 cents per message, MMS messages for $1.30 per message and data for $2.05 per megabyte.
Sprint and Verizon have also previously announced plans to offer wireless roaming in Cuba, but have not given launch dates.
Sprint said it will offer voice calls when roaming in Cuba at a rate of $2.49 per minute, SMS messaging for 50 cents per sent message and data at $1.99 per megabyte.
Verizon will offer Cuba roaming at a rate of $2.99 per minute for voice calls, $2.05 per megabyte for data, and standard international messaging rates.