You gotta love this guy.
Mr. Pragmatic is certainly proving to be pragmatic at making a buck and squeezing blood from a stone. And he said they weren’t magicians.
In the latest “trick” announced by the Cuban regime to better the lives of the long suffering Cubans, it has decided to allow Cubans to have access to cell phones.
That’s just what a captive, hungry and practically homeless audience needs. Cell Phones. Maybe they can now call Miami for some take out.
From the Sun Sentinel’s Ray Sanchez:
Ordinary Cubans will be allowed to buy cell phone service for the first time, Cuba’s phone company announced Friday.
The announcement, which came in a six-paragraph company statement published in the state press, was the latest in a string of modest changes introduced since Raul Castro took formally took over the presidency last month from ailing brother Fidel.
There were few details but the ETECSA statement said that within days it would inform the public about changes in cell phone ownership and service contracts.
So far in raul’s magic show, the promised changes that have materialized have been mostly cosmetic and meaningless in improving the living conditions of the long suffering Cubans while food and freedom continue to disappear. They do however, manage to garner a lot of press coverage and create the illusion for foreign observers that things are indeed changing.
The changes are also clever slight of hand tricks to separate Cubans from what little hard currency they may have and to get their relatives abroad to send some more.
…Cell phone service would involve prepaid cards and be paid for in hard currency, the statement said…
Some like the magic trick, but are questioning the admission price:
…”I could use a cell phone,” said Rodrigo Junco, 58, when informed about the change in cell phone ownership. “Whether I can afford one is a different story. But any change at this point is welcome.”…
Read Sanchez’s report here.