Packet switched data like EDGE or GPRS would probably not work on your prepaid SIM, I'm thinking that's what they were trying to tell you.
However, you might want to try CSD mode which is essentially a point-to-point call just like a voice call, except in data mode.
It's circuit switched rather than packet switched. And even though I've never tried it in the bahamas
, I'd be surprised if it did not work.
The catch? Well... there's two of them: First, as I said it's essentially like making a voice call, so that means you need a number to call, more specifically, an access number to an ISP. A local one would probably help conserve your minutes but a nice free one (based in New England) is freedialup.org
The second catch is that CSD GSM connections are 9600bps, prepare to be waiting around for whatever it is you access (and of course, your minutes are ticking away while you wait).
Originally Posted by s/v 'Faith'
I did not try it, I DID ask at the Batelco office though and was told it would not work.
Frankly I probably would have tried it anyway had I ever had trouble finding internet access but I did not so I never tried it. I suspect it would burn through minutes quickly though....
Let us know when you try it.