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  1. What's on your mind?

  2. The 3 main mobile services in Turkey, Turkcell, Avea and Vodaphone all sell dongles. The cost will depend of course on what package you decide to go for.
  3. Have you tried pressing the OPTS button on the remote and re-installing ?
  4. Sorry, I can't help you with that question. Just look for a big Turkcell shop in the area. Not a small newsagent or a mobile phone shop that sells several different supplier's cards.
  5. Since your last visit to Turkey it has become necessary for foreigned owned mobiles to be registered for use with a Turkish SIM. The main object of this is to stop the illegal import of foreign phones by Turkish citizens. To enable you to use your own unit with a Turkish SIM you need to go to one of the service provider's main outlets, not the corner shops selling credits or cards. All you have to do to register is to show your passport or ID card, and provide the IMEI number of the phone you want to register. You should be charged no more than 5 TL to register the phone and it should be able to operate with the Turkish SIM within 24 hours. You are only allowed to register 1 phone per passport in any 12 month period. As far as I know you can't register online or before entering Turkey. However, somebody else may know different.
  6. Yep, tell him it's a waste of time, effort and money.
  7. I think you might find that these cars have been imported under the Blue Plate scheme. The second car looks as though it's on Dutch plates. To permanently import foreign cars is very expensive and, as with most things in Turkey, involves a huge amount of paperwork. There are no loopholes but plenty of pitfalls. Unless you're 100% certain of what you're doing, my advice is to stay well clear of them.
  8. Cetin,Yes, I have travelled twice to Turkey by road in a UK registered vehicle. I've also travelled out of Turkey in a Turkish registered vehicle. On each occasion I purchased Green Card insurance at the border. It took 20 to 30 minutes and didn't mean losing my place in the queue. I've never tried to buy a Green Card in Serbia so can't help you with that question.
  9. You'll find that many UK insurance companies will only give Green Card cover as far as Istanbul. However, they seem to regard anything East of there as "Bandit Country". Shop around. There are companies that will cover the whole of Turkey on their Green Card scheme. Failing that, you can purchase Green Card insurance at all ports of entry and border crossings. The insurance offices are generally open 24/7. If you turn-up at a port of entry or border crossing without Green Card insurance you'll be directed straight to the insurer's offices before being allowed to proceed any further. You can purchase cover there by the day, week, month or year. Just as a matter of further information you must have the original vehicle ownership document (V5) and if it isn't in the name of the driver, you must also have 3 copies of a notarised letter from the vehicle owner giving permission for the driver to take the vehicle into Turkey
  10. Pepper Spray and CS Gas are both available from gun shops in Turkey.
  11. Again, things like self-raising flour are easy to find, so long as you know exactly what to look for. Don't be put-off because it says "Sade" on the packet. Although Sade means plain, in this case it means that the flour isn't flavoured. They also do self-raising flour with Nut, Chocolate or Lemon flavouring already added.
  12. Almost all the products you mentioned are available down here in the south west. In our local Migros for instance they have 3 or 4 different brands of German and Scandinavian crispbreads. They have fresh cream and fresh, semi-skimmed milk is available, although supplies can be a bit sporadic. I usually buy several bottles at a time and freeze them. We have an excellent local wholesaler in Fethiye that stocks a huge range of "British" products including Campbell's Condensed Soups in Chicken, Tomato, Lentil and Pea & Ham flavours, together with a large range of Chinese and Indian foods from Patak, Amoy etc They've just announced that they'll be adding a supply of Marmite and Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup to their stock. We can even get genuine Cumberland Sausages, Gammon Steaks, Scampi etc in their freezer section if we're desperate for a taste of the "Old Country" In many cases there is a 250% import tax imposed on foreign foodstuffs, that's why they are so expensive.
  13. It doesn't matter whether you intend doing 70mph or 100mph, you've still got to maintain an average speed of at least 55mph to make it within 48 hours.
  14. It depends on what part of Turkey you're talking about. We can get it easily in the South West.
  15. It depends of course, where in the UK you're setting off from. For instance, Manchester to Fethiye can be done in 48 hours non-stop driving if you take the direct route i.e. draw a straightline roughly through from Calais to Istanbul. The average speed you'll need to maintain is around 90 kph / 55 mph. It'll also depend on whether they're experiencing "the wrong kind of air" in the Channel Tunnel or whatever excuse they come up with next. Costs obviously depend on speed and engine size etc but you'll be looking at roughly 550 Euros to cover Channel Tunnel / Ferry fees, Tolls, Taxes and Fuel.
  16. Try sending an email to the Turkish Touring & Automobile Club for information via their websitehttp://www.turing.org.tr/
  17. Yep, I'd definitely cancel the DD. If they kick up a fuss, I'd welcome them taking me to court.(I take it you meant 24 months, not years ? )
  18. There are also a couple of other less expensive gadgets that you can use to stop your adapters dropping out of the socket. The first is a cocktail stick and the other is a sharpened matchstick.
  19. Here are the instructions for setting-up Turkcell - International Roaming
  20. We've never had any problems using our Turkcell phones outside of Turkey. Provided that they're set-up for roaming and you have sufficient kontors, you shouldn't have a problem with them. We buy our kontors through the website Turkcell in English using a credit card.
  21. You may know me, or you may not but I do see some very interesting things as I'll explain.Fethiye Times.com | The Furry Philosopher
  22. Most of the garden centres around the Fethiye area sell them. It is called Defne - pronounced deaf-ney
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