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 Post subject: Registering phone IMEI in Turkey after being blocked on tour
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:29 pm 
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So I just arrived in Istanbul, Turkey about a week ago and will be staying here for the next 8 months. I have a friend who speaks fluent Turkish and English, so he helped me go get a phone plan for my iPhone. I always thought you had to have a permanent residency visa to register your phone here, so I thought I'd just try and get a plan for my phone now, and wait tell it gets blocked. Then once I get my residency visa (december 30th) ill register the phone. But I cant do that because I have to register the phone within 30 days of entering the country. So I got the plan though 2 days ago, and just got a text saying my phone will be shut off in 5 days. My questions for any of you guys are:

1. Can I register the phone on just a tourist 90 day visa? Not a permanent visa.
2. Now that my phone has been put on the block list, can I still go try to register it at a bank, tax office or post office?
3. Do I have to first unblock my phone(how?) then register it?

Thank you guys so much!
P.S. I would just go to a bank today and try to get this sorted out, but its the sacrifice holiday so I dont think anything will be open tell friday (2 days from now).


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 Post subject: Re: Registering phone IMEI in Turkey after being blocked on tour
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:10 pm 
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So you dont need a residency visa, just a tax I.D. that you can get from a tax office free. But the police take a day to verify your stamp into the country. Then, sense I all ready had a line with 30tl still on it, only 7tl transferred to the new line. Then, the 40tl I paid for 4gb of 3g for my first month(which I only used for 1 week) I had to pay again for this new line I had to open up. Then on top of the 115tl I paid for the tax on the phone, turkcell charged me 70tl for them to register the phone. So it really cost 185tl to register a phone here. And I had to pay 63tl extra because I opened a line before I did this whole process.


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