Staying connected is one of the biggest issues while you are on a vacation in Turkey. Using your mobile in Turkey might be very expensive if you have no specific agreement with your network provider. If you do not have roaming services activated on your sim card, you might find it difficult to get in touch with your family back home. In such cases, you may consider any of these three options to use your mobile in Turkey.
Purchase a Tourist Sim Card to Use your Mobile in Turkey
You can purchase a prepaid tourist sim card in Turkey. This sim card is valid throughout your vacation period and you can stay in touch with your family. The maximum period that you can use your phone in Turkey as a tourist is 120 days (4 months) and the maximum validity of a tourist visa is 90 days. So, the maximum usage time is enough for you while you’re on a tourist visa.
There are 3 GSM operators in Turkey – Vodafone, Turkcell and Turk Telekom. You can see Vodafone and Turkcell retailers in every district, street, and neighborhood. To purchase a prepaid tourist sim, you can visit any one of these companies along with your passport. A tourist sim card is a prepaid line with a GSM package including 6/8/10/20 GB internet, and 500/750/1.000 local minutes for a month. You can choose a package depending on your usage requirements. Your sim card will be registered to your passport within 30 minutes.
Rent a Mobile Hotspot
To use your mobile in Turkey, it is not necessary that you get a sim card for each family member or friends as it might be expensive. There’s a cheaper solution as well – renting a mobile hotspot. A mobile hotspot, also known as Pocket WiFi, is a portable hotspot that provides you high speed and unlimited internet. Companies offering this service provide a seamless experience. You can order the device online, and representatives from the company will deliver the device to you and also pick it up from you at the end of the rental period. You can share the internet with 8 or 10 people without an additional charge. All you have to do is carry the device with you and stay in its coverage area. Here are some companies from where you can rent this device:
Cheaper Options to Use your Mobile in Turkey
Are you visiting the country for a week only and do not want to spend on purchasing a sim or renting an internet device? Don’t worry! You can still be connected to the internet for free. There’s a huge possibility that your hotel or motel will provide you with an internet connection. Besides your accommodation, every restaurant and cafe will have an internet connection. In Istanbul, all touristic areas like Beşiktaş, Kadıköy, Taksim, Levent, Sultanahmet, Beyazıt, Aksaray, etc offer free internet connections. Additionally, the Municipality of Istanbul offers several hotspot connections in all of these touristic areas in the city. However, the downside is the speed of the internet. You are allowed to use 1 GB per day for free. You need to register with your e-mail to be able to use these free of charge internet connections. These are also available on official buses and metro buses.