It is necessary to register the mobile phones in order to use them with SIM card bought from a Turkish network operator. (In order to use such a mobile phone with a SIM card bought in Turkey from a Turkish network operator, the mobile phone number assigned to the SIM card needs to be correlated with the IMEI number of the mobile phone. The handset can only be registered with one line. Phones not registered in this way will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls or SMS)
Unregistered phones will be blocked after 30 days ("officially" although there are reports of phones getting blocked within 14 days)
Unregistered phones will be blocked after 60 days of entry into Turkey, after 60 days you will not be able to register or unblock the phone.
Unregistered phones will be blocked after 120 days of entry into Turkey, after 120 days you will not be able to register or unblock the phone. (source)
HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR PHONE IS REGISTERED
2. Input your 15 character IMEI number, you can get this by typing #06# on your phone
3. Press the "Sorgula" (search) button
HOW TO REGISTER YOUR FOREIGN MOBILE OR CELLPHONE
Mobile phones to be brought into Turkey are to be registered with the Telecommunication Institution or with the mobile phone shops of Turkish Network Operators (Avea, Turkcell or Telsim).
WHAT YOU NEED
- Phones IMEI number (dial #06# on your phone to obtain)
- Passport (Identity details indicated on the passport)
- Copies of all Turkish entry/exit stamps in the passport
- Tax payment reciept
A tax must be paid at the local tax office (vergi dairesi) before taking the phone to be registered. Go to your local tax office and enquire as to the desk for Cep Vergi (Mobile Phone Tax, pronounced Jep Vergee) you will be given a form to fill in (with English labelling also), hand over 115TL and the form to get your Tax reciept, dont lose this!
AT THE PHONE SHOP
Hand over all your documents and another 50TL and any mobile phone shop can register your phone, of course you will need a Turkish SIM card and Kontor now, good job youre in a mobile phone shop! Foreigners can obtain mobile phone contracts but you will have to pay a hefty deposit amounting to thousands of lira before being allowed, these vary between providers.
.: NEW :. ONLINE REGISTRATION
As an alternative to visiting the phone shop you can now register your phone online if youre feeling brave.
You can visit http://www.mcks.gov.tr/tr/index.php
You will have to submit information from the Tax reciept and your ID details and you should be able to regsiter your phone online, IGTT havent yet tried this new system so please comment blow if you do and let us know how you get on?