Cell phones in Bahamas

Nowadays staying connected is a must for most travelers and you will be able to use your cellphone in a decent way in Bahamas. Just do not expect the same reliability as in the US. You may have to move a little bit in the house or out of the house to find a good signal. We suggest that you download a Wi-Fi enabled app such as WhatsApp so that you have a full guarantee to stay connected even while at the beach . WhatsApp does not function all the time in most instances you will need to be connected to the Wi-Fi. Harbour Island is very well connected and the largest majority of hotels, restaurants, vacation rentals are properly equipped. You will also notice that your batteries get depleted rather rapidly.

It is advised to check that before traveling you check with your provider to make sure that your roaming rate is not excessive . Most US carriers have a special package to let you connect on the cheap. All major carriers from the US or Europe offer a good cell signal.


If you absolutely need to have reliable cell service 100% of the time you should purchase a BTC SIM card. Batelco (BTC) is the cell phone carrier in the Bahamas. Their SIM cards will work in most unlocked cell phones. If you don’t have an unlocked phone and are planning to stay for more than a few days you may want to purchase a BTC cell phone for as low as $50. You can also rent a cell phone at the Batelco store which is located on Colbrook Street in Harbour Island.

Colbrook Street in Harbour Island
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm