All of the major providers in the US (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile) in the United States have roaming agreements with Cubacel, the official and only cellular carrier in Cuba. However, calling rates are astronomical. Verizon and AT&T for example charge $3.00 per minute and Sprint and T-Mobile are not that much better. Data rates from Verizon and company are even more astronomical, literally over $2,000 per GB. Smaller and Canadian carriers do not have service at any price. In addition, Cubans cannot even reach you on your US based number. Cellular Abroad's plans are far more affordable for calling and data and, since our service gives you a US number and a UK number, the locals can reach you. This is why many traveler experts and even the FCC recommend Cellular Abroad's services (see FCC article).
Here are a few other things you may want to consider. First, while the rates are expensive, some people feel they can use the phone sporadically. The fact is, it is impossible to control who is calling you. Cellular Abroad will give you a new US number that you can give to those who you really need to hear from. You can, however, continue to retain your usual number if need be.
Cellular Abroad offers several options for travelers to Cuba. First, if your cell phone is already unlocked (most Verizon's phones are as are iPhones purchased from Apple, most other carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are not), you can simply Buy a SIM card for Cuba. Alternatively, you can Rent a Cell Phone for Cuba. We offer several options to choose from. If you want to Buy a Phone that works there, we also have several options. Please note that all of these options will give you service in most other countries as well and not just Cuba.