The country’s telephone
system is in the midst of being modernised and expanded. All cities are
linked by an efficient direct dialing system. Public telephones have two
different systems. Some of them work with cards and some with tokens.
They are both sold at PTTs. Tokens are called “jeton” in Turkish. Small
jetons are only enough for local calls. Phone cards are in 3 different
sizes and can be used more than once depending on the capacity of the
card. All over Turkey, phone numbers consist of two sections; area code
(3 digits) and the number itself (7 digits). During weekdays from 18:00
to 06:00 and on weekends calls are comparatively cheaper than the normal
times as one can speak longer with the same amount of phone credit. The
telephone system in Turkey is good. The total number of the telephone
lines is 7.5 million.
The ISD code
Turkey there are four GSM operators, Turkcell (12 millions), Telsim (5
millions), Aria (1 million) and Aycell (500 thousand) do share the
market. You could use your own cellular by selecting a local net work
(Telsim or Turkcell) or could rent a cellular phone.
postal services are comparatively organized and efficient. All post
offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign (Post, Telephone,
Telegrams) and are open between 9:00 AM to 12:00 and 1:30 to 5:00 PM.in
weekdays. Larger and central offices are open from 08:00-24:00. Letters,
Post cards and open enveloped post cards do have different tariffs. You
could post your cards and letters from the Post offices with machinery
stamps or Euse regular stamps and send them via the reception of your
hotel or post office mail boxes.
The usage of
electronic mail and internet is increasing rapidly in Turkey. The usage
of internet is around 10 millions (1/6 of the population) . You could
use the line in your room for your laptop connection, or use a computers
which has internet access in your hotel. Five and fours stars
properties do have a business center or computers with internet access,
just ask assistance from the reception of your hotel. Another
possibility is the Internet cafes where you would pay a hourly fee to
use internet. Internet cafes are widespread throughout the country.
Therefore, while internet cafes are excellent places for tourists to
check their email and browse the web, long-term residents should arrange
for home internet access.
Internet cafes are popular and common in
Turkey, especially in major cities. They offer cheap internet access at
hourly rates, and usually serve snacks, drinks and coffee as well. These
cafes are especially popular with young people in Turkey, many of whom
use them as meeting points and hangout spots.
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