I guess this is recent. I was in the Bahamas
until October last year. But also it's the same here at home. The new satellites have improved service
greatly but there are still gaps. Global star is good but just be aware there are gaps. I ended up buying
an unblocked android phone off EBay then getting BTC cell service for the Bahamas. I posted other details of this process elsewhere on this Forum. Once you are cruising the Bahamas the BTC service is good, plus you can use data at resonable prices (though is can be slow by US standards).