I have been researching the topic of using a cell phone (or mobile) in Turkey for a few days now and I am still pretty confused. I know it's a very complicated process and I am just trying to figure it out exactly as I am leaving in September to live and work there for 10 months...
So far what I know is that if you bring in a foreign cell phone you have to register it and pay a fee within 30 days of entering the country. On top of that I was told that it is still very expensive to use a foreign phone in Turkey (sim card, calling and texting plans). I have read and been told a lot of information but most of it from other Europeans or people not from the United States and I know that the phones from the United States can sometimes be more difficult to use internationally from my previous experiences living abroad.
The last time I lived abroad it was in Costa Rica and all of the other volunteers from other countries there were able to put a Costa Rican sim card in their iPhone and use it perfectly fine because their phone was unlocked. I am not sure how to unlock my iPhone from the states so what I did was buy a cheap older model Nokia (without internet, wifi, and even without a camera...very basic). I bought a sim card and used my Nokia to talk with other volunteers, friends, and my program down in Costa Rica. Then what I did with my iPhone was simply keep my data and cell service turned off and strictly used it when I had a Wifi connection. I was able to text and call home on my iPhone using wifi without ever unlocking it, buying a costa rican cell phone, etc. Does anyone know if that would work in Turkey as well? I would love to bring both phones, keep my iPhone locked up and cell service off and just use it for pictures and Wifi connections, but would that be okay and would I still have to register it, etc? And would my Nokia work the whole 10 months if I buy a sim card in Turkey??
I hope you all understand and I hope someone can help!
Thank you so very much