Without Your Own Computer
Many hotels and resorts in the TCI feature "libraries" or small business centers where guests have complimentary use of computers with high-speed Internet access. The number of computers available is often limited, however, and you may have to wait your turn to use one.
With Your Own Computer
The wireless world (Wi-Fi) is up and rolling on the Turks and Caicos Islands; most resorts have wireless Internet access. For dial-up access, most business-class hotels offer dataports for laptop modems. In addition, major Internet service providers (ISPs) have local access numbers around the world, allowing you to go online by placing a local call. The iPass network also has dial-up numbers around the world. You'll have to sign up with an iPass provider, who will then tell you how to set up your computer for your destination(s). For a list of iPass providers, go to www.ipass.com and click on "Individuals Buy Now." One solid provider is i2roam (www.i2roam.com; tel. 866/811-6209 or 920/235-0475).
Making international calls from the Turks and Caicos can be costly, in particular if you're dialing direct from your hotel room, where you are charged more than $2 a minute. You cannot access most U.S. toll-free numbers from the TCI; for example, you won't be able to use AT&T prepaid calling cards here. You can use any GSM cellphone if it has international roaming capabilities. One way to avoid the high costs of calling home from your hotel room is to buy a prepaid cellphone in the TCI. You can purchase a cellphone for as low as $60; it comes with a $10 phone card. Additional prepaid phone cards come in $10, $20, $50, and $75 denominations. Phones and cards can be found at the Cable & Wireless offices on Leeward Highway (tel. 649/946-2200) and at the Graceway IGA Supermarket (Cable & Wireless has a small office at the entrance). Another option is to rent a cellphone. TCIonline Internet Café (in the Ports of Call shopping center, Provo; tel. 649/941-4711) offers cellphone rentals ($75 deposit; $7/day; $30/week; phone time is charged to your credit card as you use minutes), as do Grant's Texaco Downtown and Kathleen's 7-Eleven on Leeward Highway.
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.