As you’ve probably found out by now, Super Bono is back, full of gifts. Starting August 26 until August 31, all mobile recharges sent to Cubacel get extra minutes, texts and CUCs.

Here are the values for which the bonus scheme applies:

The terms and conditions governing this promo are pretty much the same as usual:

  • Promotional balance can be used for local and International calls and SMS (Including SMS entumóvil), but it cannot be used for Email (Bolsa Correo), MMS and Mobile Data
  • Main balance will keep same validity as previous promotions (330 days from recharge date).
  • Promotional bonus will expire on September 17th, 2019 at 23:59 Cuba time. If a customer still has balance (Dinero Bonus) from previous promotion, expiration date will be September 17th, 2019
  • From August 26 – 29 all customers with active Bonus Dinero will have 50% off on international calls (any destination). Once Bono Dinero is over, customers will return to regular rates and main balance will be discounted.

Cubacel main balance can also be used for 3G Data packages

As internet usage expands in Cuba and keeping in touch has become much easier thanks to different communication apps, it’s good to keep in mind that Cubacel main balance can also be used for 3G Data packages:

  • 600 MB for 7 CUC
  • 1 GB for 10 CUC
  • 2.5 GB for 20 CUC
  • 4 GB for 30 CUC

Caution, caution, caution

Starting August, all Cubans can have Wi-Fi in their homes, as the island’s government extends internet access even while trying to maintain control over its version of the “truth” and to defend its legitimacy, a top official tells AFP.
“Cubans support and defend the revolution in every domain, both in the real and the virtual worlds,” Ernesto Rodriguez Hernandez, vice minister of communications, said in an interview. In his eyes, the internet and social media are tools to “position the truth of Cuba, not to manipulate things,” giving them a key role in the political and ideological battles being fought at a time of sharp diplomatic tensions with the United States.
On the other hand, the prices remain highly prohibiting: $1 an hour, an exorbitant amount in a country where the average monthly salary is $50.
Besides that, according to France24, Only a small percentage of the Cuban population can access the global internet, as opposed to the government-controlled national internet, according to the NGO Freedom House. Blogs and websites critical of the government are frequently blocked.
So things are changing, but the progress is rather slow.