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  1. Sorry I haven't visited for so long, I hope you are all OK. Just wondering whether anyone has ever tried BIMCELL ? I've been using Turkcell for 3+ years & certainly not dissatisfied with their service or anything. They keep putting their rates up but I just recently noticed Bimcell & amazed at their low rates, they seem too good to be true. I searched but found no mention of Bimcell on this site. If anyone has ever used it or knows someone who has, I'd love to hear your opinions before switching..... otherwise I'll go ahead & then let you all know my rating on it. Can alw
  2. Hi everybody, I want take four phones from US to Turkey and after one week staying taking them to my homeland. Is that a matter? Thank you for your time.
  3. So as you all know the mobile phone registration fee has increased to 1500 Lira which is a lot and I honestly can't afford that yet and I don't think I will in 90 days and besides it's not even worth it since my phone costs 1500 lira in Turkey. So My question is that can I switch my sim slots( in one of them is my home country sim and the other holds a turk telekom) to reset the 120 days period? If not can someone tell me where can I sell an unlocked phone? Or give me other options which do not contain paying 1500 liras
  4. I hope everything is going okay for everyone. I have some questions about turkish domestic cell phone. If I buy a basic domestic phone, do I still need a residence permit or just a passport is enough? Another one is if I buy one, can I buy a prepaid sim card and a prepaid plan and pop up whenever needed? For this case, is 120 days rule still applied?
  5. According to a recent article in the Daily Sabah, the fee for registration of foreign mobile phones has increased to 1,500 TL. According to the new law, foreigners can bring in one personal device to Turkey and use it for up to 120 days before it is cut off, unless they register it. You can learn how to register your foreign mobile device here:
  6. My wife and I have been indecisive about where to live in Turkey so we would like to get residence permits using a hotel address. Is there a possibility that the hotel would refuse to write a letter stating that we live there? Is there a minimum term we have to stay at the hotel? Can we use the hotel address to do other things like opening a bank account or getting a mobile phone contract? Regards.
  7. My Indian friend purchased a cellphone from aliexpress. It is kept in custom in Turkey for around 50 days. The do not turn it back and he can't understand why?! The due date for turning back is also over and even if they turn back he does not know whether the seller refund or not around 1000 $ ! Does anybody hav same experience. He is disappointed! It seems that custom keeps it forever!
  8. Hello guys, I just have a question no related to this forum and would be really grateful to reply me if you know it. Please let me know how much is the rate to register mobile phones in Turkey? Since they said After 120 days, you must register your device and pay the registration fee or your device will be blocked. Many thanks in advance for your help.
  9. If you use a foreign mobile phone, with a Turkish SIM card, it will work for 120 days. Within that time, you must pay a tax and register it or it will be cut off. Turkish mobile phone systems work on either the 900 Megahertz (Mhz) or the 1800 Mhz band. Your mobile phone must be able to operate on one of these. A UK and European models will work, but not a US models, unless it has multi-band capability. The iPhone and other smart phones will work in Turkey. The three leading mobile service providers in Turkey work on one of two different frequencies. Your phone must be a GSM phone wor
  10. Hello First of all, how long could we use our phone without registering it? I remembered it was 90 days on 2015 maybe! Also, does it mean after that day, we just get the call but could not call, right? I mean it would be one-sided call, right? How about, SMS? Could we use it? Also, what is your idea about buying an obsolete phone in Turkey and use that cellphone just for calling and message? In that way we do not need to register. Or you suggest for me to register my phone? How much does it cost? Finally, Which one is better? Vodafone or Turkcell? I had AVEA, which seems to
  11. On the page It states "You must also register your mobile phone, if you brought one, within 30 days." Where would I register a US-based Sprint Cell phone?
  12. I had worked for about 10 months with my phone while I was in Turkey. However, I did not register it. I just could call for 3 months and then just could get calls. As you know the phone should be registered. Now could I use that number after a year and half interval? Just getting call!
  13. Learning Your Mobile Phone's IMEI Number There are three ways to learn your mobile phone's IMEI number: Enter the following numbers and characters on the keypad of your phone: * # 06 #. A 15-digit number will appear. That is your phone's IMEI number. Turn off your phone, remove the battery cover and the battery. Under the battery you will also see the IMEI number. Look on the box or in the documentation that came with your mobile phone. Keep this number separate from your mobile phone, and not in anything which might also be lost or stolen with your phone. Re
  14. Their prices range from 25 to 200 TL, with a small amount added to pay for the issue of the card itself. You can buy them in various shops or anywhere you see the company logos. Adding Call Credit with a Pre-paid Telephone Card Follow the instructions on the back of the card. They are in Turkish, so if you don't understand them, ask the clerk to show you how to add calling credit. Here is an example of how to add credits if you are using the Turkcell system (Avea and Vodafone will be similar): Remove the scratch-off strip which covers a 14-digit code you will need.
  15. Call Another Mobile Phone Dial 0 (zero), a three-digit mobile phone prefix (it always begins with 5) then the rest of the number, for example, 0 536 555 XXXX. Call a Landline Phone (Residential or Business Phone) Dial 0, then the area code, then the number, such as 0 242 555 XXXX. Call an International Number Dial 00, then the country code, then the area code, then the number, such as 001 717 496 XXXX. Send an SMS Message SMS messages work the same way. Just type out your message, then in the "to" block, enter the numbers as above. If the person you're messaging
  16. [Information] Changing Network from Vodafone (very rude and insulting representatives) to Turkcell (helpful and kind) while keeping same phone Hey friends, I am here to give an information to all members. I came 9 month ago and bought a sim card from airport which was on Vodafone; after having used it for 9 months I planned to switch to Turkcell but I wished to keep the same number and didn't want to purchase a new sim instead port my number from Vodafone network to Turkcell network. The process seemed easy as I have already gone through this in my home country as well
  17. Hey Fellas, I hope all are doing good and feeling happy and safe with new year arrival. I have a question. I have brought a cellphone in Turkey in December 2016. I wish to get it registered but I am not sure of what is the procedure and where to go. I did some research on internet but could not find answer to my question. As far as I understood there are two steps; 1st being paying a tax in a tax office or a bank and then going to our network provider (Vodafone, Turkcell or Turk Telekom) and pay a certain amount and show the receipt of tax we paid at the bank and then they will register o
  18. I was wondering if any of you have successfully registered a foreign phone with Avea. I have paid the tax, got my entry document from the foreigners police but I can't find an Avea shop that is able to do the registration. I've been to several shops and they all tell me to try a different branch because they are "not authorized to do it". It seems that not all the branches can do this procedure. I have even tried going to Turkcell - there is a branch in Istiklal where they do registrations – but they can only register mobiles with a Turkcell sim card. Do you know of any Avea branch
  19. Mobile phone update - (Communications Law No. 5809 Turkey's Maritime, Transport and Communications Minister has announced that all holidaymakers coming to Turkey can now use their mobile phones in Turkey for up to 60 days, before it is blocked. (This has been extended from 30 days)
  20. So, I missed a very important SMS from Avea a couple of weeks ago. It said my phone was going to be blocked due to the fact that I had not registered it since I entered Turkey, 3 months ago. I thought It was an ad (türkçe az biliyorum). I'm surprised to read in the forums that usually they don't take this much to block a phone. I now find myself with a blocked phone. Has anyone been through this? Any advice on how to unblock it? Yes, I know -- this was very stupid. I managed to get myself a resident permit, but not to register my phone. Any tips?
  21. Does anyone know if there is any cost for "receiving" SMS, when keeping the phone with Turkcell SIM switched on outside Turkey?Most mobile carriers worldwide allow absolutely free incoming SMS when on international roaming. Of course, there is cost for sending SMS, but receiving is never charged for.Not sure about Turkcell and Avea, in particular (as even their websites are not clear enough on tariffs).Anyone took a Turkish SIM abroad and incurred cost for receiving SMS on it?
  22. Hello! I have already registered my cell phone about a year and a half ago. I just bought a new cell phone here and now I want to sell my old one (iPhone 4 32GB). A few days ago, I went to a shop who buy second hand phones, and he refused buy mine, because it is registered with a foreigner's passport and as he said it only works for me! Later I tried to insert another SIM card (my brother's who is a foreigner here as well) and it didn't work on my old phone. So I think that it only works with the SIM/number it was registered first and with no other sim, right? Then I am unable to sell it to so
  23. Hey all! I have another question, I've been reading this forum and I can't figure out what you're all talking about with sim cards and taxes and things like that for phones. I don't know anything about using a phone in another country. When I lived in Belize we just bought those cards with minutes on them and used payphones. With the age of cellphones, could someone tell me exactly what I need to do to have a cellphone that would work in Turkey? Do I really need to buy a new Turkish one? Or can I just bring in my current one? Thanks! (Of note, I have the most basic phone ever, so the
  24. Hello all, 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 tol
  25. i know this topic has been mentioned at times, though not this specific situation, and i haven't been able to find a recent answer (the laws change so often it may have changed recently). i have a friend coming from the UK in september and she's planning to bring me a used samsung galaxyS3. from what i've been able to figure out, the only way to register it is to show that i've entered the country within the last 30 days (plus the 115TL tax etc). does anyone know how or if it's possible to have it registered in my name without a recent entry stamp on my own passport? would a border run to one
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