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Old 11th October 2013, 15:28   #1 (permalink)
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Best UK mobile providers/tariffs for roaming in Turkey

Hi everyone,

I'm currently on a Vodafone Sim-only deal - 30 day contract - for my Blackberry mobile phone. The deal itself is pretty uncompetitive [300m, 3000T and 250MB - 13], so I want to switch, only I'd like a provider that gives me the best rate when I go visit Turkey. Currently this is what Vodafone offer

1.65 make, 1.30 rec, 35p text, plus 3 per MB

I'm thinking to switch to Virgin Media [UK - 15 unlimited everything], but for roaming while calling is cheaper (95p to make, 65p to rec.), data in Turkey looks to be a bit more expensive, at a 5 per MB

The calling is relatively unimportant to me, it's the data I'd need most when abroad, for sending emails and using messaging applications. It's been a while since i've changed providers, and there now seem to be a wealth of companies offering all manner of price plans and tariffs, so I thought it best to start a new topic on it. Does anyone else use Virgin Mobile here - how's the service in Turkey, Bodrum in particular? Do any offer some nice data packs for Turkey, or include Turkey in Europe, as opposed to international?

Much obliged.

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Re: Best UK mobile providers/tariffs for roaming in Turkey

and as soon as you switch on roaming to make a call/text the auto updates start and the cash register gets hot.
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I have been with Virgin mobile for about ten years now and have always found their Customer Service to be excellent. Their rolling contracts are good value. I have unlimited texts, 500 mins and 1GB of data for just over 10 a month, but that is because I have been with them so long.
Their calls and texts from abroad seem to be the cheapest as well, compared to any of the bigger providers.
Coverage and reception in the Alanya area is excellent - better than I get at home.
I would be wary of using the internet abroad though. Any time I have used it, I have received an email saying I have spent 35 within a couple of days. And that has not been heavy usage.
I would recommend using free wi-fi. Most bars and restaurants are happy to give you their password to allow you to use it.
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Try 3. Currently on 30 day 18 rolling sim only contract. Think it's called the 'One plan'. Amazing amount of minutes and texts; with most importantly: unlimited tethered internet, so I can use any old phone as a wireless hotspot and use the laptop. Hope that makes sense. No idea what the roaming charges are, but obviously you can use a cafes wifi and buy a drink.
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The most important question is within your contacts which provider are they on, if you use the passport system on the phone the calls are 79c esp with vodafone. I used to take my laptop and my modem and request a monthly fee rather than daily and turned off newsfeeds and all extra stuff and remember to turn it all off when finished and it was fine. Now I use a local turkish modem and just top it up when I go and watch tv live or on player when I am in Alanya away from Ireland. Vodafone now ofer a daily rate for downloads etc under Vodafone Red. Some of the providers want you to let them know before your next bill date as they want to charge in advance/ If you are going for long time it would be worth it to get turkish system. Get info from your provider as to how to adjust your settings when in Turkey and which Turkish provider they would chose you to use.
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