The short answer is yes. And now for the long answer.
When you enter Turkey for the first time, you will receive a text message from the Department of Communications stating that you have 120 days (the length of a standard tourist visa) to register your phone.
So here’s a list of things you need to keep you phone working:
- A passport with your date of entry stamped into it.
- A bank account
- A working sim card from a Turkish carrier
- A bank account from Deniz Bank, Garanti Bank, or Türkiye İş Bank with online bank access
- 149,20 Turkish Lira in your bank account
- A password from e-devlet (which you can get with your residence/work permit)
After you have acquired these (and you have 120 days to do it), here is what you need to do:
Warning, you can only register a phone every two years.
- Sign on to e-devlet (e-devlet is an online portal where you can get get stuff like this done). USE THIS LINK : https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/btk-imei-kaydet?asama=1
- After you click continue, you will be taken to a page where you can select which bank you will pay with.
- After you select your bank, you will be taken to your bank’s homepage. Sign onto your bank account. After your sign in, the transfer page with all the information will come up. In the “Notes” section, enter your IMEI number.
- After you have completed your transfer, keep clicking continue until you are done.
- It’s always a good idea to ask for help.