It's handy to have a mobile/cell
phone (cep telefonu,
JEHP teh-leh-foh-noo, 'pocket phone') or othermobile device, such as a tablet computer,
Over 67 million Turks in Turkey
have a mobile (cell, cellular)
but it really
as though all 78 million Turks have two
mobile phones each and talk on them
all the time.
If your mobile device can operate on the GSM 900Mhz and/or 1800Mhz
3G/EDGE 2100 Mhz band, you can
roaming (also called global roaming) for up to 60 days in Turkey without having to register your device.
||Works in Turkey, too...
Companies will mail you a new
multi-band phone before you leave home,
and when you switch it on in Turkey,
you can make and receive calls immediately via international roaming.
Some handsets are even dual-SIM devices,
meaning that you can use two SIMs in the same device. More...
If your 900 Mhz/1800 Mhz GSM, 3G/EDGE device
is "unlocked," you can buy
a prepaid Turkish
SIM card and call
at local rates for up to 60 days. After 60 days your device will be blocked from the network unless you pay a government tax and register it, then pay for the SIM. You can only register a mobile device if you are a legal resident of Turkey. More...
Buy a Mobile in Turkey
Buying a 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 as all phones sold legally in Turkey have been registered,
but it's a pretty expensive solution.
The cheapest phones start at TL100,
but most cost substantially more, and smartphones are very expensive in Turkey.
Three companies have
mobile phone networks in Turkey.
Turkcell (GSM 900
Mhz) is the largest, with 60%
of the market. Vodaphone
(formerly Telsim) (GSM 900
Mhz) is next-largest (24%), and Avea
(GSM 1800 Mhz) has
16% of the market. All three companies
have nearly complete signal coverage
of the country. More...
Phones: which one
is the newer model?
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
Here's what to do to protect yourself
against a lost or stolen mobile
phone in Turkey. More...