Cuba lifts mobile phone ban
People in Cuba can for the first time use their mobile phones to make cheap international calls to the UK from Cuba following the lifting of a ban.
Cubans waited in long queues in Havana for the chance to buy a mobile phone as Fidel Castro's replacement Raul eases the ban.
Until now, phones had been illegal, though plentiful on the black market.
One man told ABC news that he was happy with the move that meant that Cubans could keep in touch with friends, family and business associates both nationally and internationally.
Another said: "Before you had to find a foreigner and the foreigner would take out the phone lines. Now any Cuban can do it. We have the same rights as any other person in the world and can get a telephone line."
Britons travelling abroad can make cheap calls home through skinttariffs.com.
Now Cubans will be able to talk as much as they want, safe in the knowledge that they are not breaking the law.
If you are travelling to Cuba for your holiday and want to call home then check out the Global sim cards for Cuba available through Skinttariffs so that you avoid roaming charges.
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