Worldwide direct-dial phone, fax, and cable service is available at the Cable & Wireless Office, 12 Burnaby St., Hamilton (tel. 441/497-7000; www.cwbda.com). Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Prepaid phone cards may be purchased and used island-wide, and calling cards may be used from selected call boxes.
Cash-card phone booths are available at numerous locations around the island. Making international calls with cash cards can be a lot cheaper than using the phone at your hotel, which might impose stiff surcharges. To make a local call, deposit 20¢ in either Bermudian or U.S. coins. Hotels often charge between 20¢ and $1 for local calls.
Special phones at passenger piers in the City of Hamilton, St. George, and the dockyard will connect you directly with an AT&T, Sprint, or MCI operator in the United States, permitting you to make collect or calling-card calls.
To call Bermuda:
1. Dial the international access code: 00 from the U.K., Ireland, or New Zealand; or 0011 from Australia. From North America, no international access code is necessary; just dial 1.
2. Dial country code 441.
3. Dial the local number.
To make international calls: To make international calls from Bermuda to North America, simply dial 1. For countries besides the U.S. and Canada, first dial 00 and then the country code (U.K. 44, Ireland 353, Australia 61, New Zealand 64). Next, dial the city or area code and local number.
For directory assistance: Dial 411 if you're looking for a number inside Bermuda, and dial 0 for numbers to all other countries.
For operator assistance: If you need operator assistance in making a call, dial 0.
Toll-free numbers: There are no toll-free numbers in Bermuda. Calling an 800 or 888 number in North America from Bermuda costs the same as an overseas call.
The three letters that define much of the world's wireless capabilities are GSM (Global System for Mobiles), a big seamless network that makes for easy cross-border cellphone use in dozens of countries, including Bermuda.
The best cellphone connections in Bermuda are arranged through rangeRoamer (www.rangeroamer.com), which provides short-term cellphone service for travelers to Bermuda. You can purchase a Bermuda-compatible worldphone, rent a phone in Bermuda, or in some cases use your own cellphone while traveling on island.
You can use your own phone if it uses GSM, if it is "world capable" (dual band international), or "unlocked" to accept any SIM card from another carrier. GSM phones have a SIM card slot, which lets you put the rangeRoamer SIM card in it. All phones from AT&T and T-mobile have this slot, but only 4 percent of phones from Verizon or Sprint do.
Incoming calls to Bermuda cost $1.99 a minute; calls from Bermuda to the U.S. are charged $2.99 a minute.
Most of the larger hotels in Bermuda have some Internet service. If your hotel does not, there are a few places where you can go. The following places will allow you to log on for a fee: Logic Internet Cafe, 10-12 Burnaby St. in Hamilton (tel. 441/296-9600), provides fresh coffee for Internet users who pay $5 per half-hour. Open Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm. TeleBermuda International Custom Centre, at the corner of Reid Street and Queen Street in Hamilton (tel. 441/296-9000), allows you to surf the Web for $2.50 per 15 minutes. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.