About 2 years ago I purchased a Samsung J1 ace in Grand Cay (They couldn't get my US cell phone
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.