If you have brought your own cell phone to Turkey you must register it within 120 days (4 months) after your last entry date to Turkey. If not, your phone will be blocked by the end of 120 days.
Cell phone registration fee can be paid at the nearest Tax Office, which is Tuzla Tax Office (Address is Hürriyet Mahallesi Yakacık D-100 Kuzey Yanyol Cad. No:47/A-B Kartal/İSTANBUL) for those living on campus; or Bostancı Tax Office ; You can use the Kadıköy shuttle from campus to there.Address is İçerenköy Mahallesi, Değirmenyolu Sk. Maliye Kompleksi No:18, 34752 İçerenköy/Ataşehir/Ataşehir/İstanbul
Please note that you need a Tax Number, before you can register your cell phone (When you go to get your tax number you can pay the phone registration fee and the same date you can make your phone registration at *Turkcell or **Vodafone which are the only operators for phone registration). After you have paid your cell phone registration fee in the Tax Office, you will get a receipt from them, which you have to submit to a Turkish Operator company branch mentioned above.
If you have a residence permit card; you can register your mobile phone using e-devlet system on online.You should have your residence permit card and get a password from PTT (official postal service in Turkey) to use the e-devlet system.
You will pay cell phone registration fee (approximately 171 TL) at tax Office. The Tax Office requires:
-IMEI number*** (you can find it by calling *#06# in your phone)
Step 2 ( You can pass the step 2 and register your mobile phone on online using the e-devlet system)
You can make your phone registration at *Turkcell or **Vodafone which are the only operators for phone registration.
-Original passport and its copy
-Receipt of cell phone registration fee
-Last entry stamp (it should be visible and readable. If it is not, you need to get an entry document from the airport or at the nearest police station.)
-You will pay the service fee approximately 50TL
-You should buy a Turkish cell phone number (Turkcell 70TL – Vodafone 110TL).Your cell phone will be registered on this phone number and you can use just this phone number with your current cell phone. (If you submit your residence permit card during the cell phone registration, your cell phone will be registered on your residence permit. Thus you can change your Turkish cell phone number whenever you need.)
* Turkcell operator is in Suadiye, the address is Bağdat Caddesi No:404 D:1, Kadıköy/İstanbul or at Akasya shopping mall.
** Vodafone is in Suadiye, Bağdat Caddesi No:395, 34740 Kadıköy/İstanbul or Sabiha Gökçen Airport (this branch complete the registration within 2 weeks)
***(What is an IMEI number?) An IMEI number is a 15 or 17 digit unique number to identify mobile devices, as well as some other devices. It is usually found printed on the phones back under the battery. It can also be displayed on the phones screen by entering *#06# on the phones keypad.
- If you make your cell phone registration without your residence permit card, you can use your cell phone just on one phone number which you buy during the registration.
- Only one cell phone can be registered during 2 years.
- You must make your cell phone registration in person. If you buy a cell phone in Turkey, you do not have to make a cell phone registration.