Cuba, GMail, and Internet
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 22, 2012 10:03 AM Last Post By: trapisondista
Dec 21, 2012 3:15 PM
Dec 21, 2012 3:22 PM
1Internet is fairly easy in Havana and around most tourist centres, but if you get off the beaten path it can be a hassle. For a country that receives so many foreign tourists Cuba still suffers from some the worst internet access on the planet.
Gmail is not blocked, but configure it before you go so it loads with minimal trouble. Lose all the graphics.
Dec 21, 2012 3:36 PM
2"but configure it before you go so it loads with minimal trouble"
Yes I forget the actual button now but it is something like "basic" otherwise even opening a simple message takes aeons (and will still take a long time) On our last trip I and others couldn't access hotmail for some reason so had to re-set our Hotmail account so it all mesages were forwarded via Gmail.
Dec 21, 2012 3:46 PM
3gmail is much more reliable and easier to access in Cuba than either yahoo or hotmail. You will have no difficulty at all at the bigger hotels or in the Etecsa offices, where it is 6 CUC per hour. You will be using the basic gmail, but that's no hassle.
I should say that you will have little difficulty rather than no difficulty - sometimes some computers in Etecsa are not functioning, and sometimes the hotels around Parque Central in Havana don't have internet tarjetas for their computers, so it can be a bit of a struggle. The Etecsa office on Obispo should be ok. Or the business centres in places like Hotel Parque Central - but they charge like wounded bulls.
You will have no difficulty downloading documents - but they should be in .doc rather than .docx
You need to brush up on your basic computer skills that you left behind years ago, you will be dealing with old computers. But don't worry, you'll be fine :-)
Dec 22, 2012 4:52 AM
Dec 22, 2012 10:03 AM
5I've noticed that the speed of the computer is greater after 9 pm. During the day hours computers at
the Hotel Plaza for example are very slow. You are sitting there with your minutes dwindling and nothing is happening. I don't know if the situation is any better at the other hotels. The Parque Central seems to
have more sophisoto equipment, but they charge $10/hr, as opposed to the $6 at the Plaza.