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 cell phone for a person living 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 cell phone. 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 trough 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.
Motorola (More cells from Motorola...)
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If you cannot find the cell phone you are looking for in the list above, then you might try the search box just below:
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