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Old 10th October 2013, 09:50   #1 (permalink)
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Mobile Phones Yet Again!

Hi all, I have been having a conversation [by email] with the editor of the KalkanTurkish Local News who insists that you must be a resident [with Ikamet book] to be able to register a mobile phone in Turkey. I did register my old phone about 2 years ago but does anyone know if the law has changed? He also said that visitors phones will work for up to 6 months before they stop working!
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Old 10th October 2013, 13:27   #2 (permalink)
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I registered an IPad three years ago. I don't have residency or ikamet. The iPad I just go and buy a three month sim card when I come to Turkey.
I should not think that mobile phones will be treated any differently.
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Old 10th October 2013, 16:30   #3 (permalink)
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Every post I have seen on here says that [ no need to hold a residentcy ] anyone visiting Turkey who wants to use a UK mobile [ with a Turkish sim] has to register it 1st and pay around 100 TL . Otherwise if you put a Turkish sim in a unlocked UK mobile they will block it within a matter of weeks .

Not sure what he means by visitors phones stopping working after 6 months ? Surely if you have a UK phone with a UK sim in it & its set up for roaming and has credit on it bought in UK ,why should it stop working in 6 months ?
And it wont last anything like 6 months if you put a Turkish sim in it & you don't pay the 100tl registration .
I think in this case it stops after about 2 to 3 weeks ?

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They are - currrently you need an ıkamet and a passport showing you have entered the country within the last month also pay the tax and register the phone. Even then they sometimes stop working and you need to go back to Turkcell and re-activate. İf you register they will stop working and usually much quicker than six months sometimes only days later. Really not worth the hassle.
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Re: Mobile Phones Yet Again!

I registered a UK mobile last May (2013), with no problem with Turkcell.

I top-it up through online banking with Garanti, every six months when in the UK, and topup via Turkcell shop when in Turkey.

So the six months ban may not be in place, or they have not caught up

Spoke wit a resident yesterday whose mobile was blocked after 4 years thru Turkcell

So it appears that there is no rationale

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They are - currrently you need an ıkamet and a passport showing you have entered the country within the last month also pay the tax and register the phone. Even then they sometimes stop working and you need to go back to Turkcell and re-activate. İf you register they will stop working and usually much quicker than six months sometimes only days later. Really not worth the hassle.
Yes ,but I am talking about visitors mobiles with their own UK sim card . Are you saying they even block them after 6 months ,as I thought they only blocked UK mobiles with Turkish sims in them if unregistered ?
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We have been here nearly 5 years now,& my wifes uk mobile with an o2 sim has never stopped working or been blocked.A very good friend of ours,last week registered a uk handset here in Bodrum,paid the tax,registered it at a service provider with a Turkish sim & had it & had it working in 48hrs.
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We have been here nearly 5 years now,& my wifes uk mobile with an o2 sim has never stopped working or been blocked.A very good friend of ours,last week registered a uk handset here in Bodrum,paid the tax,registered it at a service provider with a Turkish sim & had it & had it working in 48hrs.
This is what I thought as there is no reason to block a uk mob with a UK sim in it .
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Of course there is no block on a Uk phone with a Uk sim but İ do not see where the question asked refers to a Uk phone and sim.
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Of course there is no block on a Uk phone with a Uk sim but İ do not see where the question asked refers to a Uk phone and sim.
See post # 6.
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