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Basics Edit

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Although usually referred to in the singular, the archipelago consists of 181 islands with a total land area of 53 km2. Eight of the larger islands are populated by around 65,000 inhabitants.

Two operators share the market in Bermuda:

  • CellOne (by Bermuda Digital Comm. Ltd.)
  • Digicel Bermuda

CellOne is the incumbent provider. It comes from the former monopoly of Cable & Wireless which was broken by Digicel in 2005. Nevertheless, prices remained quite high.

2G is on 1900 MHz and 3G on 850 Mhz up to HSPA+ by both carriers. All populated islands are covered and speed is pretty good.

At the end of 2016 the regulator awarded spectrum for 4G/LTE on 700 MHz (bands 13 and 17) to both operators. They started to roll out 4G/LTE in 2017 as they need to cover 99% by the end of the year according to license rules.

Prices are given in Bermudian dollar (symbol: $; code: BMD); also abbreviated BD$; informally called Bermuda dollar. It's linked in ratio 1:1 to the US dollar. Taxes are not charged, but all mobile plans are subject to a 'Government License Fee' which was raised in 2016 to $ 9.50 per month. It's charged as $ 0.32 per day from all plans.

CellOne Edit

Cellone
CellOne by Bermuda Digital Comm. Ltd. has been sold to local KeyTech that has been acquired by US-based ATN.

They offer triple-play products and were the first to launch 3G and 4G services on the islands. They still hold a lead in market shares on a network that is slightly ahead of Digicel's.

Availability Edit

Their prepaid SIM card can be purchased for $ 20 including a $ 10 airtime credit. No activation fee. It's sold at their stores (locator) and other shops on the islands.

You can top-up at many grocery stores, supermarkets and pharmacies (list) on the islands. Or do it online by credit card from $ 1 to $ 200.

To check your balance, enter *120#.

Data feature packages Edit

There are no data without a package added. A Government License Fee of $0.32 per day applies. These packages are offered:

Data Time Price Activation
20 MB 24 hours $ 2 *777*11#
500 MB 14 days $ 15 *777*12#
1.5 GB 30 days $ 45 *777*13#
5 GB 30 days $ 99 *777*4#

Packages don't auto-renew.

For social messaging on WhatsApp, BlackBerry messenger, Facebook Messenger and iMessenger they offer a unlimited Prepaid Social Messaging pack at $ 2 for 24 hours. Activation is by *777*14. Note, that the Social Messaging plan can't be used in conjunction with data package.

More info Edit

Digicel Bermuda Edit

Digicel
Digicel came to Bermuda in 2005 when it acquired Cingular to challenge the monopoly of Cable & Wireless. It's network is not fully on par with CellOne's, but they claim to cover 99% of the population (coverage map).

Availability Edit

Their SIM card is available for $ 20 in their store in Hamilton (locator) and other shops too.

Top-ups can be made online by credit card without surcharges or by vouchers sold all over the islands. Digitel offers CreditU where you can top-up one number by another: dial *125*<receiving mobile no.>*<top-up amount>#. Wait for confirmation and then dial *125*1# to confirm. This service is free.

Dial *120# to check your account balance.

Data feature packages Edit

Default rate without a package is $ 0.50 per MB. These plans are offered:

Data Time Price
50 MB 24 hours $ 2.50
300 MB 14 days $ 10
600 MB 14 days $ 20
1 GB 30 days $ 40
5 GB 30 days $ 99

To activate, dial *100# and choose plan.

For unlimited Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp use, they offer 'Go Social' plans that can be combine with data packages:

  • for 7 days: $ 10
  • for 14 days: $ 20
  • for 30 days: $ 35

More info Edit

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