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January 16, 2024

Your BuddySIM guide: Everything about eSIMs in Turkey!


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Hotspot with an eSIM, roaming charges and eSIM activation - we answer the most frequently asked questions to our support team!

Are you planning a trip to Turkey and wondering how to connect to the Internet there with your smartphone? Great, then you've come to the right place! Today, BuddySIM is all about eSIMs and mobile Internet in Turkey. We have collected and answered the most common questions asked by our support staff. Without further ado, let's jump right into the questions!

Is Turkey part of the EU roaming area?

Unfortunately no. While roaming within the EU does not now entail any additional costs, this does not apply to trips to Turkey. There are definitely roaming charges in Turkey and in other European countries that are neither part of the EU nor the EEA, such as Switzerland. This means that you have to reckon with additional costs when using a mobile phone in these countries.

Can I use my German SIM card in Turkey?

Yes, that is possible, but there are a few things to consider. Your German SIM card works in Turkey, but remember the roaming charges, which can be quite high. That's why we recommend our BuddySIM eSIM. Another important point is the IMEI lock: Cell phones that are used in Turkey for more than 120 days must be registered. For short vacations, however, this is no problem.

How much does mobile Internet cost in Turkey?

Mobile Internet costs in Turkey vary depending on the provider. Roaming charges apply, and prices may vary depending on your mobile operator and the plan you choose. It is worthwhile to compare the various offers before you travel.

Which SIM card also works in Turkey?

In Turkey, you can buy a local prepaid SIM card to make calls and surf the mobile network. These cards are usually available at airports, supermarkets and mobile phone stores. If you want to avoid changing your SIM card and remain available on your German number, you can use our eSIM.

How do I activate my eSIM in Turkey?

The eSIM from BuddySim It works just as easily in Turkey as in other countries. The specific setup depends on your smartphone. You can find detailed step-by-step instructions for iPhones, Samsung & Google Phones in our WhatsApp Support.

How does the eSIM work in Turkey?

With an eSIM from BuddySIM in Turkey, you can only use mobile data; it does not include a local phone number for calls or messages. Simply choose the data package that best suits your travel needs.

Which eSIM for traveling to Turkey?

Choosing the right eSIM depends on your needs. Do you only need a small amount of data for messaging and navigation, or more for intensive browsing and streaming? Our clear table will help you choose the perfect package.

Datenvolumen Ideal für Mein Tipp
1 GB Kurztrips, Messaging Perfekt für einen kurzen Städtetrip, wenn Du nur ab und zu online bist.
3 GB Moderates Surfen, Social Media Super für einen aktiven Urlaub, wenn Du regelmäßig Deine Mails checkst oder Fotos postest.
5 GB Viel Surfen, Streaming, Laptop Hotspot Ideal, wenn Du auch mal einen Film streamen oder intensiver im Netz surfen willst.
10 GB Lange Aufenthalte, Arbeit, Laptop Hotspot Top für längere Reisen oder wenn Du auch mal für die Arbeit online sein musst.
20 GB Gruppen, intensive Nutzung Das Rundum-Sorglos-Paket, falls Du mit Freunden reist oder echt viel Datenvolumen brauchst.

Can I give a hotspot in Turkey with an eSIM?

Yes, it is possible. Using an eSIM (embedded SIM card) in Turkey gives you basically the same features as a traditional physical SIM card, including the ability to set up a mobile hotspot. This is particularly useful when you want to connect multiple devices, such as your laptop, at the same time or provide other travelers with an Internet connection.

We hope we were able to answer some of your questions. If you have any further questions, you can also reach our telephone support at +49 223 42190667. Remember that your smartphone is compatible and find out about current offers and rates at BuddySIM!

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