What kind of mobile phones are used in Cuba?

All mobile phones in Cuba are linked together by a GSM cellular network, operating in the 900MHz band throughout the island.

The 850MHz band is also operational in selected locations, namely: Havana City, Varadero, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.

If you were to buy a cellphone for a person in Cuba, I would recommend acquiring an unlocked quad-band phone (GPRS compatible).

It is important for the cellular phone to be unlocked; otherwise it won’t work with the Cuban mobile operator: Cubacell. Of course, a locked phone could be unlocked, but why to bother? You can buy a brand new unlocked phone and you will save the money and the time for unlocking it after.

Quad -band phones operate in the four major GSM bands: 850, 900, 1800 y 1900 MHz. With this kind of phone you will be able to get mobile coverage in the whole island. Technically speaking you don’t need the 1800 and 1900 MHz bands in Cuba, but it does not hurt to have them as well.

One final tip: the MMS service is available in Cuba. Most people don’t know this. This service allows you to send multimedia messages containing text, images, audio y video to a Cuban cellphone. Now, in order to use this service, your cell should support GPRS technology. Note that not all GSM mobile phones support GPRS technology. It depends on the model, brand and year of production.

The MMS service is not activated by default. In order to use it, you should activate the service following these steps (in Spanish).

I have listed below a selection of phones that you can buy through Amazon. All these phones are unlocked, quad –band (GSM) and GPRS compatible. These phones will work in Cuba. Amazon is a trustable online retailer, probably the largest and better known in the world. So, buying through Amazon is safe and painless.


For more phones with this specifications please click the following Amazon link: Unlocked GSM (GPRS) Quad-Band Phone with Android  

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  1. Thanks for the advice Yanniel. Gracias para tu consejo.

  2. Thanks. GSM 900 that's 2g am i correct?

  3. 900mhz band is 2g or is it on the 3g band?

  4. Does anyone know if this phone will work in Cuba? Can my friend do e mail and get internet on it without a wifi connection? LG Optimus L5 E610 Black Unlocked GSM Phone with Android OS 4.0, Touchscreen, 5M

  5. but can u still call to the u.s from cuba