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Internet in Turkey: Mobile Data vs Pocket Wifi

Staying connected is one of the biggest issues when moving to a new country. Internet is essential in this day and age especially if you are leaving a family, business or friends behind in your home country. When you move, you might want a quick fix for internet in Turkey, before you actually go and get a stable internet connection for your home. There are two options in this case; mobile data and pocket wifi. Let’s compare these two options to help you decide which one is the best.

Mobile Data

Average Connection Speed

The average internet speed for a sim card is 35 Mbps download / 20 Mbps upload.

Price

The price of a sim card is somewhere between 160-250 Turkish Liras (available for 3 months, and you have to renew every month if you want to purchase another package)

** If you’re a single traveller mobile data is a better option.

To purchase a sim card, directly head towards one of the GSM branches like Turk Telekom, Vodafone or Turkcell and you can purchase your sim card with 11-20 GBs internet package for only 160-250 TLs. You will be able to use this sim card for 90 days (3 months) only. You will only need your passport to purchase a sim card. The entire process takes 15-30 minutes and your sim card is activated. You can renew your internet package every month by visiting any branch of your GSM company.

Mobile Data is a better option if you’re looking for a long term solution.

Limitation

11-20 GBs each month (available for 3 months only).

Delivery Conditions

To purchase a sim card, you need to visit one of the GSM operators dealerships. The process to activate your sim card is somewhere between 15-30 minutes.

Pocket Wifi

Average Connection Speed

The average internet speed for a Pocket Wifi is 75 Mbps download / 25 Mbps upload.

** Pocket Wifi connection speed is better than mobile data in rural areas.

Price

Price of a Pocket Wifi: 7-10 € for each day. The rental price of a pocket wifi device for a month varies in between 290 € to 400 €.

If you’re a group of people (family, friends, etc.) then consider purchasing a pocket wifi because 8-10 people can connect to a pocket wifi at once. You can easily find companies that rent a pocket wifi device. Most of them accept online payment and will deliver the device at your given address, and will take it back from your address when you are done with it or at the end of rental time.

Pocket Wifi (if you’re a group of people) is a better option in the short term. Let’s suppose that you need internet in Turkey for your family just for a week. You can have an uninterrupted connection just for 65 € – 100 €.

Limitation

Pocket wifi internet connection is mostly unlimited.

Delivery Conditions

You pocket wifi device will be delivered to your address after you requested it online.

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