Calls to Cuba from the UK
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 20, 2012 7:48 PM Last Post By: cuidate
Sep 16, 2012 8:58 AM
Sep 16, 2012 9:46 PM
1Do you mean calling from Cuba or to Cuba from UK?
Here's a range of top-up providers all of whom have various special deals at various times (e.g. see thread just below here)
Sep 16, 2012 11:34 PM
Sep 17, 2012 1:43 AM
Sep 17, 2012 6:51 AM
5The question was "to" Cuba. Skype as a phone line works to Cuba, my question mark was rather whether in the UK it is less expensive than Labara.
Sep 17, 2012 9:33 AM
6I use Rebtel, which can either be used from preregistered lines or via the internet. When it works, it is usually clear. One disadvantage is that they charge whole minutes. Also a few times I have been charged when the call did not connect. Their rate is currently 55.5 p / min to landlines, 62 p / min to mobiles. (Though there is effectively a 15% VAT charge on top of that).
Skype quotes their rates as - Price exc. VAT: 65 p Price incl. VAT: 74.8 p with a connection fee in addition.
Sep 17, 2012 1:46 PM
7The company I have been using for years from the US says you can use it to call anywhere from anywhere so I'm guessing that would include the UK as well as the US. About 75¢/min from the US where $1/minute is "a good price". Rates from the UK are apparently the same.
KEKU (formerly Stanacard)
The best price I have found and terrific performance as well. Good support, too. I have had zero issues with them. They don't even charge you for calls of under 1 minute that do not connect which is occurs frequently in calling Cuba.
I have tried a dozen cards and they were all problematic as hell.
BTW, if you sign up with keku, they have a promotional "first-time" offer that will give you an additional $10 if you use another user's referral code, mine is 418633. You sign up for $10 and get $20 in credit. I also get a $10 credit so it's a win-win.
Edited by: cuidate
Sep 17, 2012 5:12 PM
Sep 17, 2012 5:29 PM
9I just noticed that keku lets you call a landline phone in Cuba from the UK for 48¢/minute. I did not know that. Thanks, B.
I also note that calls are FREE between phones which both have a keku account. I'm going to dig a little deeper but I'm imagining Cuba's non-existent or too-pricey internet connectivity will wipe that option out.
As expected, Cuba is not among the countries but this free calling between phones that have the free keku app is certainly worth mentioning. Your phone doesn't even need an internet connection!
Should I set pride aside and mention my referral number again?
Sep 19, 2012 8:41 AM
10Thanks gents and Sayeh been using lots of different phone cards over the years,,,, recently been using Safari , 2 for a fiver from the UK get about 6 mins per card with no problems,,, however my wife and son went back last week,, and my wife met other cubans on the flight who mentioned another card ,,, with una pila de minutos,,,, but did,nt get the name of the card,,,,Cuidate thanks have signed up with Keku but have problems with an Amex card with a bit of luck should be sorted soon,,,used your referral number, so hope you get yours,,,,,,,, thanks again all mickey
Sep 20, 2012 11:04 AM
11Thanks for that, mickey. I haven't seen it yet but I am sure it will appear once your Amex thing is straightened out. They have been great for me over several years and, as I said, I have tried a dozen cards and 3-4 other services and keku is the clear winner (pun intended).
I want to mention that if you have specific numbers in Cuba that you call frequently, you can choose to assign them to a local area numbers keku provides from a pool of local numbers for wherever you are. Once you've done that, dialing that local number automatically enters all the various codes and numbers for you and connects you directly to the Cuba number you have assigned to it without needing to enter anything else. A huge time saver.
Sep 20, 2012 3:03 PM
Sep 20, 2012 7:48 PM
13Damn, B! My shill salary from Caribbean Transfers is down to a trickle and now you want to steal my phone card referral millions as well ?!?!?
LMAO. As is always the case, I can't help but over-tease..............jejeje
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