If you have a GSM-standard mobile device capable
of operating on the 900Mhz and/or 1800Mhz
or 3G 2100 Mhz band, you may use international (or global)
roaming in Turkey for up to 120 days. (For longer use, you must be a legal resident of Turkey and register
your phone with the Turkish government.)
Before leaving home, you may have to notify your home mobile company, or activate international
roaming for your mobile
phone account while still in
your home country.
Check on this so that you won't be
disappointed and unable to roam with your device when you arrive.
A foreign visitor may enter Turkey with one personal mobile device and use it for up to 120 days via international roaming or with a Turkish SIM cardwithout having to register it. After 120 days, you must register your device and pay the registration fee or your device will be blocked from the three Turkish mobile phone networks. More...
International roaming in Turkey can be a relatively expensive way
to make calls, as roaming charges can
be high. Basically, you're paying two
phone companies: your home one, which
is billing you for the call, and a
Turkish one, which is connecting the
To set up your phone for roaming in
Turkey, see the User's Manual for
your device on how to select a local network.
You can see from this coverage
map of Turkcell's
network that virtually all
of Turkey has mobile phone service,
except some remote (white) areas in
Remember that Wifi is widely available in Turkey at hotels, restaurants, cafés, airports, bus and train terminals and some public spaces, and that you can use your mobile phone, tablet and laptop via Wifi and Skype, iMessage and other programs and apps to communicate with the world for very little money, or even for free. More...
Australian Bruce Gibson advises:
I’ve done the maths on every breed of travel SIM I can find in Australia and there is only one option:
Woolworths Global Roaming
They use Türk Telekom, Turkcell AND Vodaphone.
You don't have to be Australian to use
Woolworths Global Roaming SIMs. I ordered mine online and had it shipped to me in the USA. Setup was pretty quick and easy, and usage seems hassle-free and moderate in price.
An advantage of using a roaming SIM is that you can order and install it in advance of your trip, and begin using it immediately as soon as you arrive at your destination. No having to find a local phone shop, puzzling over local SIM plans, costs and details, setting up the SIM, etc. You can use your roaming SIM as soon as the plane touches the runway. More...
You can purchase an inexpensive mobile phone designed to operate in nearly 200 countries. Purchase prices are low. Usage rates may be high, but if you just want a phone for occasional short voice calls and text messages, and for emergencies, an international travel phone can be practical and inexpensive. More...
No matter how you access the Internet while traveling, you should consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to prevent hackers from stealing your sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit card and bank account details, etc. VPNs are easy to set up, and basic service is free. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan