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Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

The embassy had to register my wife's phone, and we had to deal with the slow Turkish bureaucracy (remember that today's 'Byzantine bureaucracy' is Turkish in origin), but we haven't had any issues. - Oct 19, 2017
It would be very expensive to keep your home country plan as international plans don't typically cover Turkey. Phone service is very cheap here. I pay 50TL a month for 6 gigs of data and I talk to my family back home using WhatsApp which does voice calls and text over data. - Sep 21, 2017
If you need a personal cell phone, bring an unlocked one from the US. They are available here but 25% - 50% more expensive. Service is very cheap. I'm paying 60TL ($20) for 6gb of data and more minutes than I can use. - Jun 8, 2017
I love the international plan for vodafone. As others have mentioned, buy your phone elsewhere and then register it in Turkey. It can take a bit of time, but phones here are more expensive. - Sep 27, 2016
All phones have to be registered with the local authority, and you have 60 days from the entry date stamped on your passport to do so. Bring an unlocked phone or get a basic one here. Phones are expensive in the local market. - Jun 14, 2016
TurkCell is easily available, pre-paid is easy to do. - Aug 2, 2015
Bring one unlocked. You will have to pay to register it for a number here within 30 days of arrival or you won't be able to use it. You can buy a local phone but the cost is high. Vodafone and Turkcell are two vendors that you can buy a sim chip for and pay by the call/text. - Feb 14, 2015
No, I got a cell phone here. - Jun 10, 2014
Vodafone. - Apr 4, 2014
TurkCell pay as you go. - Mar 31, 2014
Turkcell and Avea seem used by many. - Mar 30, 2014
There are 3 major carriers in Turkey. Avea, Turk cell, and Vodaphone. There is not a lot of difference between them. - Jul 28, 2013
Several companies to choose from -- no major problems that I'm aware of with any of them. - Aug 4, 2011
The embassy supplies cell phones to the staff. But families can get cell phone service at the local market at reasonable prices. TurkCell and VodaPhone are the big names here. If you bring a phone into the country you must register it with the Turkish government. - Jul 14, 2010