Turkey's mobile (cell)
phone companies are Turkcell (900
Mhz, the largest), Vodaphone (900
Mhz, next largest), and Avea (1800
Mhz, the smallest).
All of them also offer 2G and 3G (W-CDMA, 2100 Mhz) service, and 2G GPRS/EDGE and 3G data.
A 4G LTE network is being constructed and may be in service by 2016, by which time it may actually be a 4.5G LTE network.
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
country. Turkcell offers a bewildering variety of usage packages, so consider the amounts of voice minutes, SMS text messages, and Internet Megabytes or Gigabytes you may require before you go to the shop, then ask a clerk for a package that fits your needs. I got one for TL25 that included 200 voice minutes, 1000 SMS text messages, and 2GB of Internet use within 30 days.
with 22% of the mobile phone customers
in Turkey, has fairly good coverage in towns and cities larger than 10,000
population, but the least complete coverage
of the three companies. It offers a good Holiday Plan for foreign visitors. More...
with 17% of Turkey's mobile phone customers,
has extensive coverage of
You probably won't find significant
areas in your travels that have no
service. Avea offers some of the least expensive roaming plans for foreign visitors, such as their Triple Plan, including free Wifi from one of the major public Wifi operators. More...
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
better, but still lacking. Tthe
has decent information on its roaming and visitor-SIM services.
—by Tom Brosnahan