Cubans flock to cellphones as restrictions lifted

Lines stretched for blocks outside phone stores Monday as ordinary Cubans were allowed to sign up for cellular phone service for the first time.

The contracts cost about $120 to activate – half a year’s wages on the average state salary. And that doesn’t include a phone or credit to make and receive calls. Still, lines formed before the centres opened, and waits grew to more than an hour.

“It’s great. It’s really great. And everyone wants to be first to sign up,” said Usan Astorga, a 19-year-old medical student who stood for about 20 minutes before her line moved at all. (link)

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