We were in the Bahamas
for 5 weeks in Jan-Feb. of this year. My suggestion is that you should buy an open GSM phone
in the US - it will be cheaper than what BaTelCo has to offer - and then just buy a SIM from BaTelCo and you are in business. You can look on the BaTelCo website and see what frequencies they use to make sure the phone you get will work. You may have to change an ID number - I think it is called the API number - so that the phone will connect with BaTelCo's network. The BaTelCo office in Nassau
did not know how to do this, but I accidently met a consultant from a computer/cell technology company with an office in a shopping
center across the street from Nassau
Harbour Club Marina. He didn't know how to make this switch either but took the time to mess around with the menus on my MIFI device and figured it out.
I had a separate MIFI device to use for internet
access via the cell 3G or 4G network. But if you get an opened smart phone, it may be able to create a hotspot for internet
access. Our phone and MIFI device worked in Nassau, Marsh Harbour, and some of the outlying islands in both the Abacos and Exumas
- anywhere there are enough people to justify BaTelCo's expense of installing and maintaining a cell tower. So the more remote
the area you go to, the less likely that any cellular device is going to work. This little device was a great backup to WIFI
may have WIFI but the quality/reliability is often an issue.