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Old 06-07-2020, 05:17   #1
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Bahamas Cell Phone

About 2 years ago I purchased a Samsung J1 ace in Grand Cay (They couldn't get my US cell phone to work with their SIM card). I was told that the cell phone was unlocked and usable in the US with any carrier. They said since I was purchasing the cell phone outright and buying a prepaid cell plan for voice and data there was no need to lock it (still makes sense to me). I kept the phone in anticipation of returning to the islands, but since it doesn't look like it will be this year and I needed a new phone I went about placing a AT&T SIM care in the phone. What could go wrong AT&T is BTC's US partner.

Well, I found that phone was locked,
1) BTC refused to supply the unlock code,
2) I tried a number of unlock services (even the one Skip suggested since he was able to unlock his BTC Galaxy J1) But mine must be a newer model as three different companies were unable to unlock it.
3) Wasted 3 weeks, wasted the money purchasing the BTC phone.

WARNING: Do not purchase a cell phone from BTC in the Bahamas regardless of what they say. I often wonder if the failure of BTC SIM cards to work in unlocked US GSM phones is nothing but a rouse to sell more phones. We are a captive audience once we arrive.
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Old 06-07-2020, 05:57   #2
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Re: Bahamas Cell Phone

Your first mistake was dealing with BTC. Horrible dishonest outfit! Alive is great! They give you a free SIM card and all you have to do is top up, either online or at any local store. Your minutes never expire and you keep your number.
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