Turkey's GSM mobile (cell)
phone companies are Turkcell (900
Mhz, the largest), Vodaphone (900
Mhz, next largest), and Avea (1800
Mhz, the smallest).
coverage (map) is
the best in Turkey, pretty much everywhere,
relatively small dead
spots in a few remote and/or mountainous
areas in the eastern region of the
with 22% of the mobile phone customers
in Turkey, has fairly good coverage (map)
in towns and cities larger than 10,000
population, but the least complete coverage
of the three companies.
with 17% of Turkey's mobile phone customers,
has extensive coverage of
the country (map).
You probably won't find significant
areas in your travels that have no
service. (Avea was formed when two
mobile phone companies, Aycell and
Here's a coverage
map showing Turkcell's
coverage; note the few white spots (no
coverage) in remote areas of the east:
Although the Turkcell website has an English-language section about roaming with Turkcell, it is minimally useful. Avea is
much better, but still lacking. For the
you must know Turkish.
The variety and number of
mobile phone pricing plans and services demands
an intuitive, well-designed interface
with full translations that none of
these websites has. They have lots
of moving, flashing colored graphics,
but no way to help you choose a pricing
plan easily (sigh...)
mobile phone companies.