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1.       Loveprague
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 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:18 am

Hi everyone,
I want some advice on buying a phone in the U.K. to take and use in Turkey all help please

2.       Aenigma
0 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:29 am

Hello LP! Is the phone for yourself or for Nesrin? If it is for you, it is easy to get your phone "enabled" for use abroad, just phone your mobile company. There is no cost and once it is enabled you don't have to ask them again. The only problem with this is the cost of calls and sms!! You are charged high rates - also if anyone phones you from the UK YOU are charged the additional rate, not them! The UK caller does not have to change country code - they just dial your normal number.

If the phone is for Nesrin, just buy the phone you want and when you are in Turkey she can use her existing Turkish SIM card.

Does this answer your question???

3.       Deli_kizin
6376 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:39 am

Quoting Aenigma:

Hello LP! Is the phone for yourself or for Nesrin? If it is for you, it is easy to get your phone "enabled" for use abroad, just phone your mobile company. There is no cost and once it is enabled you don't have to ask them again. The only problem with this is the cost of calls and sms!! You are charged high rates - also if anyone phones you from the UK YOU are charged the additional rate, not them! The UK caller does not have to change country code - they just dial your normal number.

If the phone is for Nesrin, just buy the phone you want and when you are in Turkey she can use her existing Turkish SIM card.

Does this answer your question???



Make sure there is no sim-lock on the phone in the second case tho

And from what I understood, I'd do it like this: I'd buy a nice phone in the UK without a SIM-lock on it and once I would arrive in Turkey, I would buy a new Turkish sim-card. They are not so expensive and then you egt to choose what is most cheap for your personal use. Also, if it's for you when you are in Turkey, it will be practical to have your own turkish number as you can contact Nesrin with it easily without having high costs.

If it's for Nesrin you might consider just buying it in Turkey.. UK phones haven't got the Turkish characters in their system (usually). They are not that necessary, but I'd find it very annoying if i oculdn't type the ışğ when I'd need them.

Maybe you could be a bit more specific for which goal you'll need/use it.

4.       mltm
3690 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:40 am

I don't get why you'd be charged high. You buy just the phone, and you can put a turkish simcard in it.

5.       Aenigma
0 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:42 am

Quoting Deli_kizin:

UK phones haven't got the Turkish characters in their system (usually). They are not that necessary, but I'd find it very annoying if i oculdn't type the ışğ when I'd need them.



Most phones have a dual 'mode" - if you go to Language in the menu system you can, for example, set Mode 1 for English and Mode 2 for Turkish - which gives you all the Turkish characters.

6.       Deli_kizin
6376 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:43 am

Quoting mltm:

I don't get why you'd be charged high. You buy just the phone, and you can put a turkish simcard in it.



If you use a UK simcard in Turkey, you will pay very high rates. (probably because you have to call from Turkey to UK to the provider and then back to Turkey.. plus just the costs for calling abroad). Indeed, getting a Turkish simcard is a better idea, unless your phone is sim-lock. But you can go to a phonedealer to get it off (you have to pay a little bit of money for that though).

My phone is sim-locked too, but I'm gonna get it off so that I can borrow one of Kadir's simcards when going on holiday in 3 weeks. In that way I can easily call him if he's in Izmir and we're in Çeşme. But when I go live in Turkey, I'll probably just buy a new phone, mine is gettin old and lazy anyway. But money :-S

7.       Aenigma
0 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:48 am

Quoting mltm:

I don't get why you'd be charged high. You buy just the phone, and you can put a turkish simcard in it.



I guess, as DK says, it really depends what it's use will be. If the phone is to be used in Turkey for mainly calling home to UK, then by buying a Turkish SIM card you are just passing the cost onto people who call or sms you!! !

Also, if it is only to use for a week or two at a time, then the extra cost of enabling your phone would still be less than a new SIM card...

8.       Deli_kizin
6376 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:52 am

Quoting Aenigma:

Quoting mltm:

I don't get why you'd be charged high. You buy just the phone, and you can put a turkish simcard in it.



I guess, as DK says, it really depends what it's use will be. If the phone is to be used in Turkey for mainly calling home to UK, then by buying a Turkish SIM card you are just passing the cost onto people who call or sms you!! !

Also, if it is only to use for a week or two at a time, then the extra cost of enabling your phone would still be less than a new SIM card...



Well if it's only for calls back home to UK I advice to use a phonebooth or a callhouse. They are rather cheap compared to the other options we gave you. Or then you could just use Nesrin's phone and pay her back the bills you made.

Anyway just let us know what it is for and we will be more than willing to help. I guess we all love your story

And I'm really gonna go to bed now because I just PM'd Meltem that I was gonna go for real, and otherwise I will start to sound very unreliable

Also goodnight to you Aenigma! Kiss!

9.       mltm
3690 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:53 am

Quoting Deli_kizin:

Quoting mltm:

I don't get why you'd be charged high. You buy just the phone, and you can put a turkish simcard in it.



If you use a UK simcard in Turkey, you will pay very high rates. (probably because you have to call from Turkey to UK to the provider and then back to Turkey.. plus just the costs for calling abroad). Indeed, getting a Turkish simcard is a better idea, unless your phone is sim-lock. But you can go to a phonedealer to get it off (you have to pay a little bit of money for that though).

My phone is sim-locked too, but I'm gonna get it off so that I can borrow one of Kadir's simcards when going on holiday in 3 weeks. In that way I can easily call him if he's in Izmir and we're in Çeşme. But when I go live in Turkey, I'll probably just buy a new phone, mine is gettin old and lazy anyway. But money :-S


Ah, ok, this sim-lock thing. I didn't think of it, but if it's not too much money to unlock it, then ofcourse it's better to get the simcard of the country you go.
I have been using my phone for 3 years, and don't plan to change it. Mine is without a camera or mp3-radio player and the resolution of the colors are not very high, but it still looks cute, and it's enough for me. In fact, I just want to get rid of AVEA!, they don't have an agreement with all the mobile companies in France, and last year it didn't work abroad although I had it opened for abroad and paid for it before going. Anyway, I'll do the same thing this time, buy a french simcard as soon as I get there.

10.       Aenigma
0 posts
 03 Jul 2006 Mon 12:55 am

Quoting Deli_kizin:

Also goodnight to you Aenigma! Kiss!



Goodnight DKTC! Kiss Kiss! I was just about to joke that you will still be here in an hour....but I see you have gone! THIS IS A FIRST! haha lol!

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