Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Green Cove Springs, Fl
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Re: Keeping in touch in the Bahamas
Spent two winters in Bahamas, about to start our third and here is what we do.
-Have a GSM phone that is unlocked and we have a BATELCO SIM card which gives us a Bahamian phone number. This can be expensive calliing back to US & Canada, but allows cheaper calls within the Bahamas and a emergancy phone number for family back home.
-Some people buy from BATELCO data plan, not sure on cost, but the do have some plans available. BATELCO is the Bahamain telephone company and they have towers on almost every settlement throughout the Bahamas so lots of wireless avail, just can be pricey.
-Wifi is avail in most major centers, not so much at smaller settlements. We have a wifi marine bridge, which is essentially a powered antenna (they run about $300) which extends your range. Wifi is readily available at major marinas and throughout the Sea of Abaco Cays. Many cafes, restaurants and bars have wifi, just be ready to pay for them. Some settlements have wifi avail at local church as well.
-We have a Spot Messenger which we use every time we move, and this gives family/friends our location and the knowledge all is well. The cost ~$100 and the service is ~$100/year.
-In areas with good wifi skype works well (voice only mode) and calls are typically $0.02/min
-For weather we typically rely on our SSB which gives us Caribean Wx (Chris Parker) and NOAA weather forcasts.