Turkey's mobile (cell)
phone companies are Turkcell (900
Mhz, the largest), Vodaphone (900
Mhz, next largest), and Türk Telekom (1800
Mhz, formerly Avea).
All of them also offer 2G GPRS/EDGE, 3G (W-CDMA, 2100 Mhz) service, and 4G LTE (called 4.5G LTE).
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.
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. TT offers some of the least expensive roaming plans for foreign visitors. 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. Türk Telekom is
better, but still lacking. Tthe
has decent information on its roaming and visitor-SIM services.
Among the easiest solutions to the communications problem is a Mobile Wifi Hotspot:
Turkish mobile phone companies.
—by Tom Brosnahan