Using the telephone in Barbados is very simple, so travelers should not encounter any major communication problems.
The international country code for telephone calls placed to the island of Barbados is "1-246." Once on the island, however, outgoing international calls should be prefaced by the access code 011 and the code of the desired country. For example, visitors calling England would begin the call "01144" before dialing the direct telephone number. Calling the United States requires no international prefix, and should be dialed like a regular long-distance call.
Emergencies should be reported to the appropriate agencies, however many of the contact numbers that travelers are familiar with will be different in Barbados. Medical emergencies should be directed to 511, and fire alerts will go to the fire department at "311." The police can be reached at "211." As always, visitors are encouraged to look up numbers in the phone book upon their arrival to make sure they are familiar with any possible discrepancies.
Cellular telephone services for the island are provided on a TDMA network. Travelers from North America should have no problem getting their mobile phones to work, though charges may be assessed based on the individual service provider. Vacationers from regions that use GSM phones will not be able to take advantage of this network. Once on the island, travelers should be able to rent working cellphones for use during their stay.
Many of the more up-scale hotels offer Internet services for guests, but guests staying at a hotel that does not offer the service should not despair; Internet cafes are widely available in Barbados, enabling visitors to send and receive e-mail from almost anywhere on the island that their adventures may take them.
The island of Barbados is fairly well connected, and vacationers should have no trouble staying in touch with friends and loved ones at home.
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