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Istanbul Coders Message Board › 3G in Turkey - How's a visiting geek to survive?

3G in Turkey - How's a visiting geek to survive?

Henare D.
Sydney, AU
Post #: 4
Hi all,

Apologies for the slightly more off-topic post but I've just spent the last few days getting my head around the fact that I can't use my mobile phone in Turkey thanks to the IMEI blocking that seems unique to the country :(

I'm planning on staying in Turkey for up to 3 months and the prospect of no 3G or even calls on my mobile is unthinkable! As fellow hackers I'm sure you'll understand and hope you might have a solution for me :)

It seems my only options are:

  • Pay the $60 fee and hope to get through the bureaucracy of registering my phone (sounds like a pain, potentially won't work & the $60 is probably more than my old smart phone is worth!)
  • Buy a new phone (possible but the phone I'd like to buy doesn't seem available here and phones seem expensive in Turkey)
  • Go without a phone or mobile internet

Is there any way around this that I'm missing?

Thanks for any tips.


Selim Ö.
user 86322382
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2
IMEI registration looks like the best option. And other than the idiotic $60 fee, it's quite an effortless process. Our colleagues at work, coming to Turkey for long periods done it before without a problem.
Henare D.
Sydney, AU
Post #: 5
Thanks Selim and nice to meet you tonight!


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