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Telephone : The telephone infrastructure is an organized, efficiently working direct dialing system. Turkey's systems are the 6th in Europe and 12th in the world. All residential areas in whole Turkey are linked to this system. The main service provider is the Turk Telekom half privatized telecommunication company. The telephone numbers do have 7 digits in Turkey. Every town/city has its own 3 digits "Area Code". Please click for the area codes in Turkey.
International Access code in Turkey is 00. To call your home town dial:
00 + your country code + your area code + telephone number . You also
can call with operator assistance. By dialing 115 you can reach to Turk Telekom's international
operator. Register the
call details to operator. The operator will provide the connection for you.
The Intercity Access code in turkey is 0. To call some one in another city dial 0 + the area code + telephone number. You also can call with operator assistance. The 3 digit number 131 will take you to Turk Telekom's operator. Register the desired telephone number and other details. Operator will place the call for you and will connect you to the requested number.
Just dial the 7 digit number. The only exception is in Istanbul. The Asian side (216) and the European side (212) do have different area codes and in case you call from the European to the Asişan side of Istanbul (or visa versa) you should dial the area code also .
00-800- Home Country Direct Calls can be made from any private or public telephone.
As the telephone charge would be more expensive from normal , it is not much advised to call from hotels. we advice you to inform about the minute tariff before calling. Specially in deluxe five stars properties these tariffs may be above expectation. Most of the hotels do have direct call system. After a special access number (you could learn this from your reception, concierge or info kit in your room) you should dial the country code, area code and number. Incase there is no direct dial , the operator of the hotel would assist you for telephone calls.
Public telephones are conveniently located throughout the country. They do work with telephone cards of 30,60 and 100 counter. For a short international call one 30 counter card might be enough. You could buy these cards in yellow signed PTT (post) buroes, grocers or street sellers near the telephone and in some hotels from the concierge.
Calling : Lift the telephone, select the requested language using the put-ons on the screen. Some telephones may be locked for that moment, if you read on the screen "only for emergency calls" , than you could not make a call from that telephone, just look for another one. Place the card into the slot to the direction arrow mentioned on the card. When a beeping sound is heard, dial the number. During the conversation if you hear a beep, that is to remind you that your credits are about to run out. You will see the number of remaining units flashing and the message "Change Card" on the display. When you see this message press the "Card change" button and insert the new card. The charge will vary according the length of the call and the distance to the called number. 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.
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. Please contact our assistance department for renting a cellular phone.
These numbers are valid anywhere in Turkey and put you immediately in
contact with the Turkish emergency services. Calling these services are offered free of
charge, 24 hours a day 365
days a year. If you use a card operated public phone, you can directly dial the
emergency number without inserting the card.
Postal service : Turkeys 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. As soon you have an internet accessed computer you could also send mails through Yahoo mail service.
Fax messages can be sent from major post offices, or from the hotel.
Most hotels do use satellite systems to view these channels , also the cable TV of the Turk telekom and Digiturk cable are two main cable systems that are widely used in city centers . There are also some coded pay TV systems like Stardigital Cine5 and Digiturk.