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Phone code: 90

International prefix: 00

Turkey has a nationwide eleven-digit telephone number system. The first four digits indicate the area code or the mobile operator’s index (usually starting with zero), the remaining seven are the subscriber’s number. Toll free or payable call numbers start with 0800.

The telephone system in Turkey is of high quality and relatively low cost. Most of the services are provided by Turk Telekom, whose blue payphones can be found everywhere. They work with prepaid cards, which can be purchased at any post office or kiosk. When buying real estate in Turkey, it is possible to connect a telephone in every apartment or villa.

To call from Russia to Turkey from a landline phone, dial 8 – 10 – 90 – city code – subscriber number, to Russia from Turkey – 0 – 00 – dial tone – 70 – city code – number.

The mobile network covers almost the entire territory of Turkey with the exception of some mountainous regions in the east. There are three mobile operators in Turkey: Turkcell, Vodafone and Türk Telekom. Each network has good coverage and quality of service. You can buy SIM-cards of local operators, as well as recharge cards, in the official sales offices of mobile operators, post offices. To purchase a SIM card, you need a passport. In Turkey, there is no roaming within the country, and you can call one city to another at your own rate. When changing the operator, you can leave the previous number.

* Since July 2005, Turkey has introduced rules according to which phones imported from abroad must be registered (if the phone will be used with a Turkish SIM card). To register your phone, you must pay the local tax state duty 20 000TL, indicating the IMEI code of your phone. Then, along with the receipt of payment, he will go to the office of the mobile operator, taking with him a passport, a residence permit, a receipt for payment of the state duty. (Registration can be done without a residence permit, but then the phone will be active for only 3 months). Registration cost depends on the operator. If the imported phone is used with a Turkish SIM card and is not registered, then the period of its use will be from 1 week to 1 month, after which the phone and SIM card will be blocked. At the same time, other SIM cards used with this phone will also not be detected by the network.

Some rules:

  • only 1 telephone can be registered for one international passport;
  • one telephone can be registered only once within 3 years;
  • You can register your phone no later than 1 month after entering Turkey;
  • a registered phone can be imported and exported from Turkey an unlimited number of times.

Network technologies are widely spread in Turkey. Internet cafes operate in all major cities and resorts in Turkey. Many high-end and mid-range restaurants and hotels have Wi-Fi hotspots. In Turkey, the main ADSL provider is TTNET from Turk Telekom, which provides Turkish landline telephone and Internet access via telephone line and fiber optic technology. Another convenient Internet option in Turkey is Superonline, which provides unlimited access to the network. Also, mobile internet is available throughout Turkey.

Post offices in Turkey are designated by the letters PTT (Posta Telefon ve Telegraf). All PTT branches have exchange offices, money transfers and travel checks. There are also express mail services (APS), with the help of which you can send letters, documents and small parcels to 90 countries of the world. In post offices there are special branches for telephone conversations, where you can use a regular pay phone, or you can order a conversation in advance, with payment after.

Emergency phone numbers:

  • phone code +90
  • police – 155
  • gendarmerie (in the suburbs) – 156
  • ambulance – 112
  • fire protection – 110
  • reference (phones) – 118
  • international operator – 115
  • assistance in case of an accident or road accident – 247-06-99

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