Can I get a cellular phone?
There are 2 ways to have access to a cellphone while staying at the Balboa Inn. You can buy one at one of the many stores in the Albrook Mall. For $ 25-45 you have a decent prepaid phone and about 5 minutes of use. If you plan to return to Panama regularly, this is the best option.
Depending on your phone (must be GSM) you can also buy a SIM card for about $5-$10 and use your own phone with a local number.
If you bring your own phone and plan to use it intensively, remember the roaming charges will be higher than the cost of private health insurance in Iraq. And make sure you get PRINTED info from your carrier on how to make your phone work in Panama.