Several companies, including Mobal
and Telestial sell inexpensive GSM mobile
phones for international travel.
cost of the phone is low. The cost
per call can be higher than that for
your home mobile phone, but still quite
reasonable for occasional or emergency
use when traveling.
You order the phone online, it is
mailed to you, you set up your account
and charge your new phone before departing
on your trip, and when you arrive at
your destination your new phone is
ready for use.
The phone is good for most destinations
in the world, and can be used for future
trips as well. You are not charged
a monthly fee. You only pay if and
when you use the phone.
Your new phone will use one of Turkey's
three mobile phone networks. You
should consider the network you want
to use. Some phones can only operate
on certain frequency bands (900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz or 2100 Mhz)—something to know before
you purchase a
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My wife turns off the cellular functions on her Apple iPhone and uses a Mobal
World Phone instead. She
says the Mobal is quite useful on foreign
trips: she can always reach others
traveling with her and—perhaps even
more important—folks at home can
always reach her. Convenience is
high and the overall cost—if you
don't use it a lot, or for long calls—is
An alternative is a Telestial
dual-SIM phone which
allows you to use a local
SIM card at your destination if you wish. Using
SIM can reduce your calling
costs even more. More...
By the way, every mobile phone brought into
Turkey must, in principle, be registered
with the Turkish government after 120 days, but you must be a resident of Turkey to do this. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan