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    Recommend Cellphone and Provider for Turkey

    Greetings. I will be spending many months (if not years) abroad; the next 12+ months in Turkey, specifically. I have been using Pay-As-You-Go TracFone (Verizon network) in the U.S. for the last five years, but TracFone isn't available overseas. I am seeking others' recommendations on a cost-effective cellphone/plan setup for my new locale. I don't make many calls or texts, but since I will likely not have internet or WIFI abroad, a low-cost "infinite minutes and texts" plan may be appropriate. I am open to using a satellite phone, if economical.

    Thank you for your assistance.

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    Recommend Cellphone and Provider for Turkey

    I suggest you get used to spelling it Türkiye. The government has asked foreigners not to use the spelling of the Thanksgiving treat.

    When last in Istanbul, there were many plans available at a much better price point than TracFone.

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    So I should wait until I am in Türkiye before switching? This means I will be without cellphone service between leaving the states and whenever I get to finding a new service.

    And handsets? Is a particular form prevalent (GSM vs. CDMA) in eastern Europe? Whichever is the dominant technology, I would prefer to pick one up now unless those prices are also far less in Türkiye than they are here.

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    One thing you will need to do…

    https://turkeytravelplanner.com/deta...in_turkey.html

    Unless you have a smartphone already, a 4G IPhone SE 2020 or IPhone 11 is probably cheaper from Tracfone, wait 61 days then request free unlock, then purchasing in Europe.

    In Turkey, your looking at over 1000USD for the IPhone 11

    https://www.vodafone.com.tr/faturaya...1/p/telefonlar




    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon960 View Post
    So I should wait until I am in Türkiye before switching? This means I will be without cellphone service between leaving the states and whenever I get to finding a new service.

    And handsets? Is a particular form prevalent (GSM vs. CDMA) in eastern Europe? Whichever is the dominant technology, I would prefer to pick one up now unless those prices are also far less in Türkiye than they are here.

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