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Sim cards and PAYG mobiles

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Sim cards and PAYG mobiles

Sorry, I have looked on the search facilitiy but some posts now closed due to age.

My UK phone I won't be using for any calls only internet when connected to wif-fi. Yes, I will be using the blue pre paid cards and phone boxes for calls to UK. But, I will need the option of phoning people locally within Turkey and they also being able to phone me, without having to drag out to a phone box. So, I was going to take an old phone and buy a PAYG sim and whack that in.

There was a thread April 2010 (now closed) ....stating that you have to register the phone etc......does that still apply ? I don't think I even know the phone number on this old phone ? Would this work or do I buy a cheap PAYG handest and sim once there ? How much do you reckon you can pick one up for......also.....if unsed for say 6 months does it then no longer work ? ....or what do you advise please, cos I haven't a clue, ta :)

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Hi Lara

As far as I know you still have to register a UK phone if you are going to put a Turkish SIM in it, and that costs money. From what I remember, past advice from people on the forum seemed to suggest that you can get very cheap phones in Turkey so it may work out cheaper for you to buy one in Dalyan or Ortaca. Remember also that you are only allowed to register 1 phone every two years; if you lose it or it gets stolen you could be scuppered so be careful with it. As for whether or not you get "dropped" after 6 months, I think it would be best to ask at the shop. Have you got skype on your UK phone? If not, defo worth downloading it. Skyping is free and available to any device with internet (I think). I have it on my netbook and keep in touch with friends and family abroad who have it on their computers and mobile phones. There's also Viber which enables you to call free, and Whatsapp which enables you to send messages free (both through wi-fi). For all these free services, the recipient must also have them on their phones and devices. If you download Viber and Whatsapp onto your UK phone, your contacts list will automatically show which of your friends/ contacts is also on those services. Hope this helps, but it all depends on what type of phone you have. :-)

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Thanks, yep, I've got Facetime and what's app etc (iphone5) so I can bug my kids when away LOL ...... I just thought it would be handy to to have to phone the kennel man, locals I know, shelter volunteers etc once there. Like if we said okay meet at so and so....weather might get in way and they might reschedule but can't contact me etc....plus next summer we were thinking of getting one for the kids (and if I got one this time) .....then they/we can ring rather than me walking down riverpath looking for them at 1am and they weren't picking up my text's etc as they weren't in a wifi spot....that sorta thing.

Okey dokey, I'll have a look in town....they may even do basic ones in Migros as I know they do some electricals........anyone know the best phone shop to set it up etc....think I remember reading one or some not putting credit on properly or some sorta scam was occuring at some point. Thanks

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3. Re: Sim cards and PAYG mobiles

This is probably the topic you remembered;

turkishliving.com/forums/dalyan-forum/60078-…

I've never needed the services of a phone shop in Dalyan so am afraid I can't help you there. Hopefully somebody else with a similar experience will be able to help. :-)

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Hi,

The shop on the same side of the road as Migros...a couple hundred yards along has always done the credits on our Turkish mobile ok. Their english is not good (depending on who's serving)..but a crappy Nokia is OK to buy, and very cheap on calls. It always needs reviving if its not been used for a number (six I think) of months tho.

Cheers, Mx.

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Thanks.....I'll see what the prices are then when I go....cheers

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I will ask mrsman if she remembers the price of the phone when she gets in from work.

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Thanks Murdo :)

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...mrsman has just got home and agreed that it was about fifty lira for the phone (looks like something we would have bought UKside fifteen years ago) but 20TL credit goes a damn long way. Make sure its set up in english tho!

Migros may have something better.

Edited: 15 October 2013, 21:37
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Thanks for the info....well at least if it's ancient I'll have half a chance of being able to use it LOL......I'm fine with Iphone but put a Blackberry in my hand I I wouldn't know where to start. I don't even know how to get up playback programmes on the cable box.

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