About half of all Turks in Turkey
have a mobile (cell, cellular)
but it really
as though every Turk has two
mobile phones and talks on them
all the time.
It's very handy to have a mobile/cell
phone (cep telefonu,
JEHP teh-leh-foh-noo, 'pocket phone')
in Turkey. There are
several ways you can:
If you have a GSM-standard phone
operating on the 900Mhz and/or 1800Mhz
you can probably
roaming" in Turkey, at least for a few weeks before you must register your phone. This is the most
way to make calls, but the easiest.
If your 900 Mhz/1800 Mhz GSM phone
is "unlocked," you can buy
a prepaid Turkish
SIM card and call
at local rates, just as though you
were a Turk. More...
||Works in Turkey, too...
Companies will mail you a new
GSM phone before you leave home,
and when you switch it on in Turkey,
you can make and receive calls immediately.
Some handsets are even dual-SIM devices,
meaning that you can purchase a Turkish
SIM and use it to bring your calling
costs down. More...
It doesn't seem easy to find
a rental phone in Turkey these days.
Other options are probably better. More...
5. Buy a Mobile in Turkey
Buying a GSM mobile handset in Turkey
may make sense if you plan to stay
a longer time and make lots of calls,
or long calls. It also solves the
problem of registration,
but it's a pretty expensive solution.
The cheapest phones start at TL80
but most cost substantially more, and smartphones are very expensive in Turkey.
Three companies have
GSM mobile phone networks in Turkey.
Mhz) is the largest, with 60%
of the market. Vodaphone
(formerly Telsim) (900
Mhz) is next-largest (24%), and Avea
(1800 Mhz) has
16% of the market. All three companies
have nearly complete signal coverage
of the country. More...
Here are details on some of the main
card) plans you may use
in Turkey. More...
It's pretty easy. Here
are some tips. Don't
expect the mobile
phone companies to
regulation requiring that all
mobile phones in Turkey be registered
with the Turkish government seems
to have been relaxed. More...
Here's what to do to protect yourself
against a lost or stolen mobile
phone in Turkey. More...