If your trip to Turkey lasts only a week or two, you probably don't have to register your mobile phone, but if you plan to stay several months, especially if you have a residence permit (İkamet Tezkeresi) you will probably have to register your phone and pay TL115 in tax, or purchase a mobile phone from a shop in Turkey (thus also paying the tax) despite this page on the website of the Turkish Consulate-General in London which states that "There is no charge levied for this registration."
According to Maria V., a TTP traveler, Turkcell also charges TL50 for the registration, making your out-of-pocket total TL165—just to use your own phone in Turkey.
mobile phone may operate
in Turkey on a Turkish
mobile phone company's network, either
roaming or with a Turkish
SIM card, for
a period from several weeks to one or two months before being excluded
from the network as an "unregistered"
When it is excluded, it can be
difficult and/or time-consuming to
have it reactivated on a Turkish network.
Here's how to register your mobile phone:
1.Turn on your mobile phone and press *#06# on the keypad to reveal your handset's 15-digit IMEI (International Mobile
Equipment Identity) number. Copy the number onto a piece of paper.
2. Take your phone, passport, residence permit and IMEI to a Turkish government tax office, a bank, or a PTT (post office) and request a Certificate of Registration. You will have to pay TL115 for the certificate.
3. Take your mobile phone and your passport to
a shop of a Turkish
Network Operator (Avea, Turkcell
or Vodafone). Buy a SIM
card, and the clerk will register
the SIM card's mobile phone number
with your handset's IMEI
number, and with your personal
There is supposedly a system in
place for registering
a foreign mobile phone with a Turkish
mobile phone operator after entering
Turkey, but the
system does not appear to work predictably, and
there may be a backlog of Turkish and
foreign mobile-phone users waiting
to register. So registering, at the
moment, may be a long,