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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Bermuda: Buying Guide

Bermuda – probably infamous for its Bermuda triangle that scared us when we were young.

But the island nation is also known for its stunning beaches, especially the pink sand beaches.

While there are plenty of beaches, you may want to visit the Crystal and Fantasy Caves, which are stunning.

Or perhaps the Gibb's Hill Lighthouse for a change. What about the National Museum of Bermuda?

So you do not have to sit at the beach being baked by the sun all day if you do not want to (but… we both know that is what you will be doing most of the time).

Or enjoying the excellent nightlife.

But… Bermuda is EXPENSIVE. The cost of travel to the island and being there is incredible.

I kind of pity the locals because the cost of living is crazy too.

But these high prices can be seen when looking at the cost of SIM cards and mobile data rates in the country.

So, how expensive are SIM cards in Bermuda?

You can get a Bermudian SIM card for 20 BMD (20 USD) from Digicel or 25 BMD (25 USD) from One in their stores or select partner stores. It is, however, not possible to get a SIM card at L.F. Wade International Airport (Bermuda International Airport).

20 or 25 BMD/USD for just the SIM card? Even Canada and the United States do not charge that much – insane!

What is even worse is that you will pay AT LEAST 30 BMD/USD for a data-featured plan with 1 GB of data.

I told you things were expensive here!

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Bermuda. Let's get started, shall we?

Buying a SIM Card in Bermuda Guide (logos of Digicle & One Communications Bermuda)

Original publication: 12th of March 2020. Last updated: 8th of October 2021.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Bermuda?

You can buy a Bermudian SIM card from Digicel or One as a tourist. There is nothing preventing travelers from buying a SIM card in Bermuda.

Your phone has to support the frequencies used in Bermuda.

Furthermore, your phone needs to be unlocked (SIM-lock free) to use a Bermudian SIM card.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Bermuda?

You can get a Bermudian SIM card in the official stores of Digicel and One and select third-party stores.

It is not possible to buy SIM cards at L.F. Wade International Airport (Bermuda International Airport).

You can expect to pay the following for Bermudian SIM cards:

  • Digicel Bermuda: 20 BMD
  • One Communications Bermuda: 25 BMD
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Can You Use Your Phone in Bermuda?

Bermuda uses GSM technology for mobile communications primarily. CDMA phones will not work in Bermuda. However, almost all phones use GSM anyway.

You also need to be aware of the ITU regions to determine whether your phone will work in other parts of the world.

Although there are three ITU regions, you only need to know these two terms: American Frequencies and European Frequencies.

Bermuda uses American Frequencies, which are used in the Americas (North-, Central, and South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2).

Phones sold in the Americas typically have no issues when using their phone in other ITU Region 2 countries.

In Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe, and Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3), they typically use European Frequencies, meaning phones bought in those regions can be used in countries using European Frequencies without issues.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Bermuda.

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3) and have a low/medium-end device without Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Bermudas or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Bermuda (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Bermuda

The Bermuda has two mobile operators:

  • Digicel Bermuda
  • One Communications Bermuda

The following frequencies are used in Bermuda:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12 & Band 13)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Bermuda, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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A Note About The Government License Fee (Cellular Telephone Fee)

All mobile plans are subject to the 0.40 BMD/day or 12 BMD/month Government License Fee, also known as the Cellular License Fee in Bermuda.

This fee will be directly charged from any plan you purchase – you do not have to pay this yourself to the government.

A Note About Paradise Mobile

Paradise Mobile, Bermuda's upcoming third mobile operator, was granted an operating license in August 2020.

Since the announcement of Paradise Mobile obtaining its license, no further updates from the mobile operator have been given.

You can sign up for its mailing list on its website, but I doubt you will get (m)any updates through that medium.

Especially because its social media channels are ghost towns as well.

For now, you only have two options if you wish to buy a prepaid SIM card in Bermuda.

5G NR in Bermuda

5G NR is not available in Bermuda as of 2021, and the Bermudian government has not made any indications of when it will auction 5G licenses.

However, the regulator, Regulatory Authority of Bermuda (RAB), put a stop on 5G NR trials and developments back in August 2020 “pending the completion of a Radio Frequency Study (RF Study) and the issuance of a final determination”.

This moratorium was listed in May 2021. But there is no update on when the mobile operators will continue with their 5G NR developments.

Best SIM Card in Bermuda

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Bermuda, I recommend going with Digicel. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Moreover, its packages offer much more value than One's.

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SIM Card Registration in Bermuda

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Bermuda. It will be done at the point of purchase.

Bermuda Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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Earlier, I said that everything is expensive in Bermuda.

I am surprised you are not being charged for breathing… yet.

The cost of a SIM card is high, but what about mobile data rates?

They are high too.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Bermuda is 19.80 USD, far above the North American average of 8.21 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Now, you may claim that Bermuda is not in Northern America and is part of the Caribbean.

I would agree, but I am just using the definition used by Cable.co.uk – so I can North America begrudgingly.

Either way, Bermuda is the 10th most expensive country for mobile data worldwide.

The data allowances are minuscule, but mobile data speeds are decent.

You may want to consider not being online at all in Bermuda, but we both know that that is not an option ;)

With expensive SIM cards, high mobile download rates, reasonable mobile data speeds, but great nationwide coverage, you should have a smooth network experience in Bermuda.

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Currency in Bermuda

Bermuda uses the Bermudian Dollar, also known as the Bermuda Dollar, with the symbol BMB (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just $. For example, 25 BMD = $25.

BMD is pegged 1:1 to the USD (US Dollar), meaning that 1 BMD = 1 USD.

Moreover, both currencies are used interchangeably in the country, which means that you can pay USD without any issues.

If you pay in USD, you may get your change back in BMD in some situations.

If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.

Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Wise account FREE!

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Bermudian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Digicel Bermuda & One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne), and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what Bermuda has to offer to us.


Digicel Bermuda

Digicel Logo
© Digicel

Digicel Bermuda, just Digicel, is the largest mobile operator in Bermuda.

It is also the mobile operator with the fastest speeds.

Digicel, as a company, is active in many other Caribbean nations, Central America & Oceania.

Digicel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 13)

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Digicel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Digicel Bermuda

Digicel has the best coverage in Bermuda.

4G/LTE reception is basically everywhere in the country.

Below is Digicel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Digicel Bermuda

You can buy a Digicel SIM Card for 20 BMD in Digicel stores.

You may have to dial *122# to activate your SIM card if your SIM card does not work upon purchase.

Digicel SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 120 days (no top-up for 120 days or no activity for 120 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digicel Bermuda

Digicel top-up vouchers are sold in Digicel stores and Top Up Locations, such as kiosks, gas stations, & grocery stores.

To top up your Digicel SIM card, dial *125*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123455, you would dial *125*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100#, *120#, or *141# to check your Digicel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Digicel app (Android/iOS).

Digicel App
© Digicel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digicel Bermuda

Digicel has two data-featured plans: Prepaid Prime Bundles (combo) & Digicel Prime Bundles Plus (combo).

Prepaid Prime Bundles – Digicel Bermuda

The Prepaid Prime Bundles are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Digicel Prime Bundle Apps

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing *141#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataKnow More DataLocal MinutesCanada/US MinutesLocal SMSValidity
5 BMD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle256 MB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/A1 day
30 BMD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
50 BMD14 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GB14 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited14 days
90 BMD30 Day Pro Digicel Prime Bundle3 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
115 BMD30 Day Max Digicel Prime Bundle5 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
150 BMD30 Day Elite Digicel Prime Bundle8 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

You can download any Prime Bundle app by visiting the links below:

Prepaid Prime Bundles auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *100# or *141#.

Digicel Bermuda Prepaid Bundles
Prepaid Prime Bundles Plus – Digicel Bermuda

The Prepaid Prime Bundles Plus are combo plans with data, data for select Digicel apps, minutes & SMS.

Unlike the Prepaid Prime Bundles, Prepaid Prime Bundles Plus includes TikTok and YouTube data allowances as well.

Digicel Bermuda Prime Bundle Apps
© Digicel Bermuda

The following Prepaid Prime Bundles Plus are available, which can be activated by dialing *141#:

PricePlanAny Use DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataTikTok DataYouTube DataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
6 BMD1 Day Digicel Prime Bundle256 MB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/A1 day
33 BMD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GB3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
55 BMD14 Day Digicel Prime Bundle2 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited14 days
95 BMD30 Day Pro Digicel Prime Bundle3 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB45 GB45 GBUnlimited150 minutesUnlimited30 days
120 BMD30 Day Max Digicel Prime Bundle5 GB 130 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB45 GB45 GBUnlimited250 minutesUnlimited30 days
155 BMD30 Day Elite Digicel Prime Bundle8 GB 130 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB30 GB45 GB45 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days

1 +150 MB roaming data

Prepaid Prime Bundles Plus auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *100# or *141#.

Digicel Bermuda Prepaid Prime Bundles Plus

APN/Internet Settings – Digicel Bermuda

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: internet.bm

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne)

One Communications Bermuda Logo
© One Communications Bermuda

One Communications Bermuda, just One and formerly CellOne, not to be confused with One Telecommunications in Albania, is the oldest mobile operator in Bermuda.

Like Digicel Bermuda, it offers fixed broadband plans as well.

One uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12)

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Digicel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne)

One has extensive coverage throughout Bermuda.

However, its 4G/LTE reception is seriously lacking compared to Digicel Bermuda.

Below is One's coverage map:

One Communications Bermuda Coverage Map
Source

SIM Card Price – One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne)

You can buy a One SIM card for 25 BMD in One stores.

One Communications Bermuda SIM Card
© One Communications Bermuda

Be aware that you need to select a base plan to use One, even if you wish to purchase a plan.

You have the Pay Per Use Basic Talk plan with no daily charge and the Daily Talk & Text plan for 2.50 BMD/day with unlimited local minutes and SMS.

I recommend going with the Pay Per Use Basic Plan to save on costs.

One SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 90 days (no top-up for 90 days or no activity for 90 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – One Communications Bermuda

One top-up vouchers, in values between 10 BMD to 40 BMD, are sold in One stores and Top Up Locations, such as kiosks, gas stations, & grocery stores.

To top up your One SIM card, dial #8255 and select option 2.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial #8255 and select option 1 to check your One balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My One app (Android – no iOS app… yet).

One Communications Bermuda My One App
© One Communications Bermuda

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – One Communications Bermuda

One has three data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Voice & Data Plans – One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne)

The Voice & Data Plans are, as the name implies, combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS.

The following Voice & Data Plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
20 BMDDouble 300600 MBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days*777*22#
30 BMDDouble 5001000 MBUnlimitedUnlimited14 days*777*23#
One Communications Bermuda Voice & Data Plans
Data Only Plans – One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne)

The Data Only Plans are, as the name suggests, data-only bundles.

The following Data Only Plans are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
2 BMD20 MB24 hours*777*11#
15 BMD500 MB14 days*777*12#
45 BMD1.5 GB30 days*777*13#
99 BMD5 GB30 days*777*4#
One Communications Bermuda Data Plans
Unlimited Social 24 Hours – One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne)

The Unlimited Social 24 Hours plan is an unlimited social media data-only bundle for Blackberry Messenger, Facebook Messenger, iMessenger & WhatsApp, costing 2 BMD for 24 hours (activation: *777*14#).

While you do get unlimited data, the first 20 MB are at full speeds before it gets throttled to 128 Kbps.

Moreover, this plan cannot be combined with any Voice & Data Plans or Data Only Plans.

You are forced to use WIFI connections if you want to browse the regular web or use another app besides the four selected ones.

PriceDataAppsValidityActivation Code
2 BMD“Unlimited”, 20 MB high-speed data, then unlimited data @ 128 KbpsBlackberry Messenger, Facebook Messenger, iMessenger & WhatsApp24 hours*777*14#
One Communications Bermuda Unlimited Social 24 Hours Plan

APN/Internet Settings – One Communications Bermuda (formerly CellOne)

  • Name: One
  • APN: web.c1.bm

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Bermuda

I would highly encourage anyone visiting Bermuda to get themselves a Bermudian SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Bermudian SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in Bermuda, but they may not be cheap.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local mobile operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Bermuda here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind.

Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Bermuda.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Bermuda

Getting a SIM card from Digicel would do you well when considering a Bermudian SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Caribbean Countries

Visiting other countries in the Caribbean? Check out my Caribbean SIM card buying guide, covering other Caribbean nations, such as:

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