[Mon 20 May, 09:08]
PST (Gumly Gumly -17)
Telephoning from Cuba to U.S.? - (3 replies)

Is it possible to telephone from Cuba to U.S.A. and if it is, what is the best way to call?

Are they such things as calling cards in Cuba?

Also, vice versa, can I call from U.S, to Cuba?



[Mon 20 May, 09:45]
PST (Gumly Gumly -17)
1. Calling the US

Generally, you have to call the operator, schedule the call and the operator calls you when the line is ready. Calls are usually collect to the US. I don't know if you can even charge a call to your home phone for instance, but I would hope that it would be possible.

As far as calling cards, they are available, and expensive for US calls


[Mon 20 May, 09:50]
PST (Gumly Gumly -17)
2. Calls to the US

Most of the larger hotels in Habana have areas where you can make international calls for about $4 p/minute.


[Mon 20 May, 11:30]
PST (Gumly Gumly -17)
3. US phone calls

You can buy ETESCA phone cards for $5, $10, $15 and dial the number direct from any ETESCA phone, or you can go to an
ETESCA office and have the operator place the call for you. This is much cheaper than calls placed through operators at international, tourist hotels. I'm not sure of the rate. I know that it was under $2.00 per minute. I think it was around $1.50. It was very simple and straightforward. All of the directions are printed on the telephone, and there is a display to tell you how much money you have left on your card.
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