I've used my iPhone
with Verizon in the Abacos a few times. I did have to activate the roaming service
with Verizon for a fee first. (which I could do from the Bahamas or prior to leaving) As Carsten mentioned, the roaming is not cheap
. Also beware of the data usage. Everytime time your phone downloads an email
header or even checks for email
or messages, that's data. Turn data roaming off most of the time and only turn it on to download messages when needed. Consider turning unneeded email accounts off and only use it when you have wifi
Texting was much cheaper for me. 10 cents to receive and 50 cents to send. Very helpful for getting updates on an approaching 45 knot
storm one time...
If you are chartering with either Sunsail or Moorings, expect that required radio
contact may not work when/if rounding Whale Cay, so make the call. I found my phone very helpful in obtaining weather
forecasts when out of radio
range of Marsh Harbour.
Give Verizon a call for further advice and current
(Note about 4 years ago, we could use AT&T but not Verizon for roaming in the Abacos. That's now changed, but might be why you get conflicting information)