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CELL PHONES IN THE BAHAMAS
Cell Phone Service Improving
You can purchase a a "Cybercell" Bahamas Prepaid SIM Card from BTC (The Bahamas Telecommunications Company). The SIM card, together with a tri-band unlocked GSM cell phone, will allow you to have a local cell phone number for the Bahamas while paying local rates - no roaming charges and no service contract. Many shops will unlock your US cell phone for a small fee and without much of a wait
About 75% of US cell phone plans have roaming in Nassau and Grand Bahama. Fewer are operational in the Family Islands. Most other foreign cell phone service plans will not usually work within The Bahamas.
You can conveniently recharge your phone (purchase airtime vouchers) at a wide variety of vendors displaying the Cybercell sign. Ask for the Rockit airtime vouchers at one of these points of sale which include many gas stations, the post office and local shops.
Note: GSM service is available only on Grand Bahama and Nassau/New Providence islands. The following requirements must be met for the phone to work properly: 1900mhz.
How do I make overseas calls from The Bahamas?
You will find that most pay telephones in The Bahamas have discontinued accepting quarters. To use these pay phones you require a prepaid phone card issued by BTC (The Bahamas Telecommunications Company). The cards are readily for sale from vending machines, many stores and restaurants, and from BTC offices. They come in denominations starting at $5.00. If you use a pay phone you can access the following long distance carriers toll free (but you will need the card to initiate the call). To use your service from The Bahamas or you can simply use a regular phone.
AT&T Canada Country Direct 1-8... Canada Direct (Stentor) 1-800-4... MCI Call USA 1-800-888-8000 Sprint Express 1-800-389-2111 USA Direct 1-800-8... (AT&T) U.K. Direct 1-800-389-4444
Blocked phones and prepaid cards: many local phones do not offer long distance service as they lack the ability to dial beyond seven (7) digits. In this case you may not use the above 800 numbers to access your service without first initiating the call using a Bahamas Direct Prepaid Card. These cards differ in appearance and usage and must be purchased from BTC. At the time of purchase you pay the full amount of the card value (you can choose denomination from $10 and up). The card renders a local access number that is only seven (7) digits enabling you to place long distance calls against your Bahamas Prepaid Card or by dialing one of the above services at the numbers listed.
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