Calling To Turkey
If you're not using Skype, Apple iOS Messages, Google Voice, WhatsApp, or some other communications app to communicate with Turkey, and want to use a telephone, enter the international
prefix (in North America it's
011) to connect to the international
network, then enter 90 for Turkey, then
the city code (212 or 213 for Istanbul,
312 for Ankara,
232 for İzmir,
etc.) and the seven-digit local number.
Remember the time
difference (an hour or two from Europe,
seven to 10 hours from North America) and Daylight Saving Time (Summer Time) which may begin and end differently in your country and Turkey.
Turkish telephone numbers are sometimes shown
as in this example:
212 555 1212
The plus sign (+) stands for whatever
international prefix you need to dial
in order to connect the call (011 in
North America, 00 in Europe, etc.)
Within Turkey, they may be written 0212 555 1212 because that's what you'd dial to call from withn Turkey, but when calling from outside of Turkey, it would be +90
212 555 1212.
So if you were calling from North America,
you would enter:
011 90 212 555 1212
Or from anywhere you can enter:
+90 212 555 1212
Calling From Turkey
calls are far cheaper than traditional landline calls—only pennies
per minute, or even free if
you use Skype, Apple Messages, Google Voice, WhatsApp, or any of the other Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) systems.
Traditional landline calls to foreign countries can be surprisingly expensive, especially if you use hotel telephone systems.
If you must call from your hotel,
make a quick call, give those at
home the hotel's phone number and your room number and tell
them to call you back at a
Phone charges from home are probably
lower, and are certainly lower
than what you have to pay calling
from a hotel room.
Turkish Landline Telephones
phones operated by Türk
Telekom have pictograph instructions
and operate on either credit
cards (Visa, Mastercard,
American Express) or on phone
cards (TT Kart) that you buy from
post offices, street kiosks and other
places advertising Telekart
Satılır (Telekarts for Sale).
sometimes easier to use a kontürlü telefon, one
with a usage-unit meter attached:
you make a call and pay in cash for
units used. These are found (though ever more rare) at street
kiosks and other small businesses.
Be sure to ask the rate per unit before
you call. Rates vary: shop around,
(in-city) call: Şehiriçi ara (sheh-HEER-ee-chee
call: Şehirlerarası ara (sheh-heer-LEHR-ah-rah-suh
call: Milletlerarası ara (mee-leht-LEHR-ah-rah-suh
—by Tom Brosnahan