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dbohn
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cell phones

Post by dbohn » Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:31 pm

i am from canada and a a unlocked cell and will be taking it to turkey i am planning to get a turkcell sim cad do i have to registure my phone with the goverment or can i just take it to a turkcell outlet and just go from there i thank anyone for the info or any links that are out there on this matter.
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Re: cell phones

Post by davcamp » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:27 pm

Hello,
I have done this many times and the process has changed over the years. Here is how it has worked the last 2 years for me.
1. You will not be able to buy a Turkcell card - usually you must be a Turkish resident or citizen. Usually I have a friend from Turkey acocmpany me and they allow it as long as the card is registered to a Turkish person. When you apply they have to fax in a copy of Turkish person's ID to Turkcell central office. Some places will ignore those conditions but most will not these days. To be safe go with a Turkish person.

2. Unlocked simms for Turkey can be tricky. Until a couple years ago I could use my T-mobile phone (unlocked) for an indefinite amount of time. Last two times I went my unlocked phone worked for just about ten days. Then I had to go to Turkcell store to pay an additional price (IThink 20-40YTL) so they coulld register the phone on thieir system. One time I went thru this process and it took many days (7-10) before I could use the phone.

Each time I go to Turkey I get a differnt scenario. My frinds say the situation is tenuous b/c Turkcell has a sales initiative to sell phones.

Good luck..if you encounter problems/delays...you may want to consider another carrier Avea or Telsim or Vodafone.

Safe travels,
davcamp
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Re: cell phones

Post by Tosun Saral » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:06 pm

Since 10 years we are all living in a huge cell which is getting narrower day by day. :evil:
Don't die before visiting Turkey


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