Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Bermuda Guide

Bermuda is an expensive place to visit. Mostly because it is an isolated territory in the Atlantic Ocean. This makes the cost of living expensive – even getting there will not be cheap.

When speaking of expensive things, SIM cards and mobile data rates are also expensive in Bermuda.

You can get a Bermudian SIM card for as low as 20 BMD (20 USD). Getting 1 GB of data will cost you at least 30 BMD (30 USD).

Depending on what definition you use of regions and continents in the world, SIM card and mobile data prices in Bermuda are much higher than the North American and the Caribbean average.

In fact, Bermuda is the 4th most expensive place to get 1 GB of data.

Do not let that discourage you, though. If you plan on using data while in Bermuda, you should get yourself a local SIM card. International roaming will certainly not be cheaper than what the local operators, One Communications and Digicel Bermuda, will charge you.

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 One Communications & Digicel)

Original publication: 12th of March 2020. Last updated: 20th of November 2020.

Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Bermuda?

Everyone living in or visiting Bermuda is allowed to buy a SIM card from both One Communications and Digicel Bermuda.

You do have to meet the following requirements when wanting to buy and use a Bermudian SIM card:

Can You Use Your Phone in Bermuda?

GSM technology is used for mobile communications in the Bahamas. The 4G/LTE frequencies used in the Bahamas are used mainly in the Americas (North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2).

However, these frequencies are not used in other regions in the world (Africa, Asia – including the Middle East, Europe, and Oceania – ITU Regions 1 & 3 – often called European Frequencies).

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this fileOpens in a new tab. by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5Opens in a new tab.

If you bought your phone in the Americas (ITU region 2) or have a high-end phone, then you can generally use your cellphone in Bermuda.

If you purchased your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3) and it is not a high-end device (Tri-Band or Quad-Band) supporting the Bermudian frequencies, then you cannot use your phone in the Bermuda.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Bermuda

Bermuda has two mobile operators:

The following frequencies are used in Bermuda:

  • 2G: 1900 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 1900 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 12, Band 13 & Band 17)

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.

Best SIM Card Bermuda

If you want to buy a SIM card in Bermuda, I recommend going with Digicel. Although both One Communications and Digicel have great coverage throughout Bermuda, Digicel's offer (much) more than One Communications for the same price or even less.

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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 Government License Fee

A Government License Fee of 0.40 BMD a day for those with a prepaid SIM card, which translates to 12 BMD a month.

The Government License Fee for postpaid customers or those on a plan/subscription is 9.50 BMD.

Bermuda Internet Prices & Insights

Bermuda Flag

(Mobile) internet on island nations is, generally, more expensive than in countries on land.

Bermuda lies more than 1000 kilometers (or more than 620 miles) from the US coast (Cape Hatteras, North Carolina), making it a remote British Overseas Territory.

Cable.co.ukOpens in a new tab. found that Bermuda is one of the most expensive places where you can get 1 GB of data in the world.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Bermuda is 28.75 USD.

Bermuda Mobile Internet Prices Compared

Cable.co.ukOpens in a new tab. groups Bermuda with other North American countries. The North American average for 1 GB of data, which consists of Bermuda, Canada, Greenland, and the United States, according to Cable.co.uk's definition, is 14.71 USD. The world average is 5.03 USD.

Only Saint Helena, the Falkland Islands, and Nauru are more expensive than Bermuda. All those island nations use satellites for mobile data, which is much more costly than submarine cables (which 99% of the internet uses).

Bermuda does have submarine cable landing points on the territory (four of them). Yet, internet prices are criminally high, even after Digicel entered the market to end One Communication's monopoly.

Speeds, however, are quite decent in Bermuda. Still, you should keep your expectations at a reasonable level (mostly because of latency – data has to travel at least 1000 kilometers from the request to you. There are barely, or if any, CDNs in Bermuda).

While SIM cards are expensive, and mobile data rates may be considered criminal, the rates charged by One Communications and Digicel Bermuda will be nothing compared to the standard roaming rates your operator may charge you when roaming in Bermuda.

Currency in Bermuda

Bermuda uses the Bermudian Dollar as its currency with the symbol BMD (which will be used in this guide). BMD is pegged 1:1 to the US Dollar (USD), meaning that 1 BMD is 1 USD, 10 BMD is 10 USD, 100 BMD is 100 USD, etc.

USD is widely accepted in Bermuda. You may get your change back in USD instead of BMD when paying in USD.

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Bermuda Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through the Bermudian operators, One & Digicel Bermuda, 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.

One Communications

One Logo

One CommunicationsOpens in a new tab., just One, is the incumbent operator in Bermuda. They held a monopoly in Bermuda until Digicel entered Bermuda in 2005.

This is what you will learn about One:

* Coverage
* How to Get a One SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Plans
* APN Settings

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

Jump to Digicel

One Communications Coverage

One has extensive coverage throughout Bermuda.

You will have coverage almost everywhere with One.

One Communications Coverage Map

Getting a One Communications SIM Card & Price

One SIM cards are sold for 25 BMD in One storesOpens in a new tab. (in Hamilton, Heron Bay & St. George's).

You have two base plans to choose from when you go with One. The Pay Per Use plan and the Daily Talk & Text plan. Below is an overview of the two plans:

PlanPriceLocal Minutes PeakLocal Minutes Off-PeakLong Distance Minutes (Outgoing)Local SMS (Outgoing)International SMS (Outgoing)Government Licence Fee
Pay Per Use Basic Talk 0.00 BMD0.350.20.75 BMD0.05 BMD 0.25 BMD0.40 BMD/day
Daily Talk & Text 2.50 BMD/day Unlimited Unlimited 0.75 BMDUnlimited 0.25 BMD0.40 BMD/day

1. One charges you for taking incoming calls (both local and international calls). Incoming SMS are free of charge.
2. Peak hours: 7:00 – 19:00 (7 AM – 7 PM). Off-peak hours: 19:00 – 7:00 (7 PM – 7 AM) + all weekends and holidays.

If you plan on getting a package, go with the Pay Per Use plan, which has no daily charge. Consider the Daily Talk & Text plan if you plan on calling or testing a lot.

Topping-Up Your One Communications SIM Card

One top-up cards are sold in values of 10 BMD, 15 BMD, 20 BMD, 35 BMD, and 40 BMD in One storesOpens in a new tab. or Direct Top Up LocationsOpens in a new tab., which include supermarkets, cafes, and liquor stores.

To activate your One recharge card, dial *8255# and select option 2.

To check your One balance, dial *8255# and select option 1.

One Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

One sells Prepaid Plans, which are its data only plans.

The following Prepaid Plans are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
2 BMD 20 MB 24 hours *777*11#
3 BMD100 MB24 hours *777*1#
15 BMD 500 MB 14 days *777*2#
45 BMD 1.5 GB 30 days *777*3#
99 BMD 5 GB 30 days *777*4#

Plans can also be activated by dialing *8255#.

If this is your first time purchasing a Prepaid Plan, you have to visit a One store to get it activated (the activation codes will not work), or you can call 700.7000.

One Communications Unlimited Social Media Plan

You also have the daily Unlimited Social Media Plan, with unlimited data for WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook Messenger & iMessenger:

PriceDataAppsValidityActivation Code
2 BMD20 MB high-speed data, unlimited data at 128 Kbps WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook Messenger & iMessenger1 day *777*14#

Do note that you can only use those apps when you have the Unlimited Social Media plan activated. You will have to use WIFI connections to browse the web or use another non-social media app.

One Communications APN Settings

  • Name: One
  • APN: web.c1.bm

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

Digicel Bermuda

Digicel Logo

Digicel Bermuda, just Digicel, entered Bermuda in 2005 to end One Communication's monopoly. Unlike other markets Digicel entered, mobile data prices did not decrease (as much) in Bermuda.

This is what you will learn about Digicel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Flow SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Plans
* APN Settings

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

Jump to One

Digicel Bermuda Coverage

Digicel has extensive coverage on Bermuda.

Unfortunately, Digicel has no (official) coverage map (anymore), nor could a reputable map be found.

Digicel's coverage is on par with One's, so you can check One's coverage map to get an idea of what to expect with Digicel in Bermuda.

Getting a Digicel Bermuda SIM Card & Price

You can get a Digicel SIM card for 20 BMD in the Digicel Retail Flagship Store in HamiltonOpens in a new tab..

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

Topping Up Your Digicel Bermuda SIM Card

Digicel refill cards are sold in denominations of 10 BMD, 15 BMD, 20 BMD, 35 BMD, and 40 BMD in the Digicel Retail Flagship Store in HamiltonOpens in a new tab. or Direct Top Up LocationsOpens in a new tab., which include malls, cafes, and liquor stores. Online top-upOpens in a new tab. with (international) debit and credit cards is possible as well.

To redeem your Digicel recharge card, dial *125*VoucherCode#.

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

Dial *120# to check your Digicel balance.

You can also dial *100# to check your balance, but *120# is the faster method without you having to browse through menus.

Digicel Bermuda Internet Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Digicel offers two types of plans or bundles: the Prime Bundles and Freedom Plans.

Digicel Bermuda Prime Bundles

Digicel has the new Prime Bundles, which are data bundles Any Use Data, unlimited on-net minutes, unlimited minutes to Canada and the US, unlimited local SMS, and data allowances for select apps.

Digicel Trinidad & Tobago Prime Bundles

The following Prime Bundles are available:

PriceBundleAny Use DataSocial Messaging DataListen More (Music) DataListen More (Radio) DataWatch More DataPlay More DataShare More DataKnow More DataStore More DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesInternational Minutes (Canada & US)Local SMSValidity
30 BMD7 Day Digicel Prime Bundle1 GB 5 GB 7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited 7 days
50 BMD 14 Day Digicel Brime Bundle 2 GB5 GB 14 GB 14 GB 14 GB 14 GB 14 GB 14 GB 14 GB UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited 14 days 
90 BMD30 Day Pro Digicel Prime Bundle 3 GB10 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited 30 days 
115 BMD 30 Day Max Digicel Prime Bundle 5 GB 10 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB 30 GB UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited 30 days 

You also get unlimited Do More data, which is for the MyDigicel AppOpens in a new tab.

Prime Bundles can be activated on the MyDigicel appOpens in a new tab. or by dialing *100#.

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

Digicel Prime Bundle Apps
Digicel Bermuda Freedom Plans

The Freedom Plans are combo plans with data, data for select social media apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter), and unlimited local minutes and SMS (Talk & Text).

The following Freedom Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *100#:

PricePlanDataWFIT DataLocal Talk & TextValidity
20 BMD Freedom Weekly 250 MB 5 GB Unlimited7 days 
35 BMD Freedom 14 Days 500 MB 5 GB Unlimited14 days 
70 BMD Freedom Monthly Pro1 GB 10 GB Unlimited30 days 
99 BMD Freedom Monthly Max 2 GB 10 GB Unlimited30 days 
150 BMD Freedom Monthly Elite 5 GB 10 GB Unlimited30 days 

WFIT Data: WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

Dial *100# to check your Freedom Plan balance.

Digicel Bermuda APN Settings

  • Name: Digicel
  • APN: internet.bm

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Bermuda

Besides getting a local SIM card in Bermuda, there are other ways to get online while traveling on the island.

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

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

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 One would do you well when considering a Bermudian SIM card.

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