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Old 30th May 2017, 16:14   #1 (permalink)
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Help - UK phone with Turkcell sim?

Hello, any help appreciated.
I've just read an article saying that since October 2015 you can now use a UK mobile with a turkish sim card for up to 120 days without having to register it?
Can anybody confirm if this is true please?
I've been under the impression that you could only use your UK mobile with a turkish sim for a few days before it got blocked?
Also if this is true, does it "carry over" to the following year? eg if I use it for say 90 days this year would I only have 30 days next year before the phone is blocked, assuming you don't register it?
Thanks for any help.

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Re: UK phone with Turkcell sim

Also any ideas on registering costs?
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Re: UK phone with Turkcell sim

The law changed quite a while ago giving foreigners 120 days to register their mobiles (when using a Turkish sim) before the IMEI number would be blocked by the Turkish authorities. Technically you have 120 days to do this from your last entry stamp into Turkey. However some people have reported that their phones have been blocked in far less timescales - some as little as 30 days...and often counted fro the date the phone was switched on and tracked on the Turkish systems. The matter is further complicated by the fact that in the past you were able to register them either against a tourist visa (with the phone restricted to the mobile number its registered against) or a Residence Permit (where any Turkish sims could be used). There have been reports this month that you can no longer register them against a tourist visa and they must be registered against a RP (or at least a 99***** yabanci kimlik number if your previous RP has expired).
The bottom line is that the safest option if you are wanting to avoid the phone being blocked is to register it pretty soon after entering Turkey - or just use it for UK sims or wi-fi.
The tax cost of registering an imported phone is currently 149TL. There is also a charge from the Turkish service provider (Turkcell etc etc) which can vary between 50TL and 120TL unless you do the whole process yourself through the e-devlet site for which you will need a password issued by the PTT at around 2TL and can guide yourself through the Turkish site. That negates the service provider charge but you still have to pay the 149TL tax.
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