HAVANA – Cubans are lining up out the door and down the block at phone centers in Havana as cell phone service becomes available to all citizens for the first time.
The cell phone contracts cost about $120. That's more than six times the average state salary and doesn't include a phone or cards with credit to make and receive calls. Still, hundreds of Cubans are lining up to buy the service.
Many of those waiting to sign up Monday already have cell phones but it was prohibited for most Cubans to have them in their own names. The new government of Raul Castro is making a series of changes in Cuba aimed at eliminating some of the more bothersome restrictions on daily life.