Turkish Mobile Phone Companies

Last Updated on January 20, 2024

If you plan on visiting Turkey, it's important to stay connected with your loved ones and have access to the internet, especially if you're traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations. Your home country's mobile operators might charge excessive fees for international roaming, so it's better to get service through local mobile operators with a local sim card, especially if you're staying for longer durations. This can save you money and help you stay connected while you explore the beauty of Turkey.

Turkey's mobile (cell) phone companies are TurkcellVodaphone, and Türk Telekom (formerly Avea). All of them offer 4G LTE (called 4.5G LTE). The new 5G is expected to be implemented in Turkey in 2024. Let's look into major mobile operators in Turkey in more detail:


Turkcell‘s coverage is the best in Turkey, pretty much everywhere, except for occasional relatively small dead spots in a few remote and/or mountainous areas in the eastern region of the country. Turkcell is the largest operator in Turkey, serving more than 41% of mobile phone customers. 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.


Vodaphone, with 31.6% of the mobile phone customers in Turkey, has fairly good coverage in towns and cities larger than 10,000 people but the least complete coverage of the three companies. In order to compensate for this, Vodaphone tends to offer the most advantageous packages. Also, it offers a good holiday plan for foreign visitors.  So, if you will be visiting a popular destination in Turkey, it might be better to choose Vodafone, Turkey, as your provider.

Turk Telekom

Türk Telekom, with 27.6% of Turkey's mobile phone customers, has extensive coverage of the country. You probably won't find significant areas in your travels that have no service. Turk Telekom offers some of the least expensive roaming plans for foreign visitors.

Company Websites

Although all Turkish mobile provider's websites, TurkcellVodaphone, and Türk Telekom, have an English-language section about roaming with their service, they are minimally useful for getting information on their prepaid SIM cards. Türk Telekom has the most information about current package prices and steps for purchasing a prepaid SIM card. The Vodaphone website and Turkcell website have decent information on their roaming and visitor-SIM services. Keep in mind that you can't order a Turkish SIM card online and will need to get your Turkish SIM card in one of the local shops. There's also an option to get a data-only e-sim from companies such as AirAlo online prior to your arrival.

Among the easiest solutions to the communications problem while traveling in Turkey is either using a Mobile WiFi Hotspot or an eSIM card.

Using eSIM Cards

An eSIM card is a digital SIM card that can be installed on your phone and used to activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need for a physical SIM card. Most modern cell phones can support multiple eSIMs, making it easy to use them while traveling. Many local and international companies offer eSIM card services for travelers who want to take advantage of their advantageous prices. It's a good idea to explore various local and international eSIM providers before traveling to Turkey, as this may be the easiest solution.

For Stays Longer than 180 Days

If you plan to stay in Turkey for more than 180 (previously, it was 120) days, it is necessary to register your mobile phone legally. Failure to do so will result in your phone being blocked from accessing local mobile operators in Turkey, and you will not be able to connect to any network. To register your phone, you will need to provide a set of documents, including your passport with a legal stamp and a Turkish residency permit (students and military personnel may need different documents), and pay a registration fee. For more detailed information on how to register your phone in Turkey, please visit our main page.

Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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