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Turkey Communications


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.

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Cellular Phones
In 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 service
Turkey’s 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 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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