For most communications while I'm in Turkey, I use my mobile phone, tablet and computer on free Wifi, which is readily available in virtually all hotels, some restaurants, intercity buses, and even some public locations.
Using Skype, Facetime, iOS Messages, WhatsApp and similar programs provide clearer connections than the mobile or landline telephone network in most cases, and cost very little, or nothing at all. More...
The three Turkish
mobile phone companies have
prepaid calling plans: you buy a SIM
card for your mobile
device, register for service, and start
International roaming using your home mobile phone company's plan can be expensive, but there are alternatives. More...
Usage Units (Kontör)
If you do succeed in buying a Turkish SIM, your calls are tracked based on usage
The cost of a call depends upon your
what you paid for your usage
In general, the more usage
units you buy at one time, and the
more you use,
the lower your per-minute charges can
Starter packets are offered by Turkey's
phone companies. The mobile
phone companies are always offering
new and modified starter packets, and
the marketing programs can be complex
and impenetrable. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan