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Frequently Asked Questions about Mobile Phones in Turkey


Ken Grubb

A man uses a mobile phone in Turkey.How much is the tax to register an imported mobile phone or device?

138 TL.

If I buy a mobile phone or device in Turkey, do I have to register it?

No. The registration rules only apply to imported mobile phones or devices.

If I register an imported mobile phone or device, and change the SIM card, will it work?

No. Once an imported mobile phone or device is registered, it will only work with the SIM card it has assigned to it when it is registered. If you buy a mobile phone or device in Turkey, you can change the SIM cards and it will work.

I have several imported 3G / 4G devices, not just one "phone." Can I register all of these in my name?

No. You can only register one device against your name every two years. And it must be registered within 120 days of the last entry stamp in your passport. The only way you can have more than one registered mobile phone or device is to buy the additional ones in Turkey.

What happens if I lose my mobile phone or device? Can I register another imported mobile phone or device then?

No. You can only register one mobile phone or device every two years. You would have to wait until that two years lapses, or buy a replacement mobile phone or device in Turkey.

Can my child register his own imported mobile phone?

Yes. Each individual may register one imported mobile phone or device.


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