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Roaming in Turkey: is it free or do extra charges apply?

Roaming in Turkey: is it free or do extra charges apply?

Fernando Carrillo

Fernando Carrillo Entry updated on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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Roaming in Turkey is only free on some of Vodafone Xtra Plans, whereas other UK carriers will charge you around £1 for every call, text and MB used. If you want to avoid extra charges on your phone bill, an Holalfy eSIM card may come in handy thanks to its fixed price data plans.

Is roaming in Turkey free?

Roaming in Turkey is not usually free, as most UK carriers charge its customers for any calls, texts or data used during their stay in this country. Keep in mind that Turkey is not included in the European roaming zone, therefore the terms and conditions that phone companies apply when it comes to roaming are different.

However, if you are a Vodafone customer you can enjoy free roaming in Turkey with its unlimited data Max Plan and 4 Xtra benefits. This SIM only deal allows you to access your UK data, text and minutes allowance in more than 80 countries, Turkey included. However, this is one of their most expensive Xtra plans.

If you do not consider yourself a heavy phone user, switching phone carriers or upgrading your contract just to have free roaming in Turkey with Vodafone might not be the best idea. On the long run you will be paying to much on your phone bill for a service that you will only need in some occasions.

Data roaming charges in Turkey: do they apply?

Data roaming charges do apply in Turkey, unless your data plan includes international data usage in this country. Even though the charges for data or minutes vary between carriers, in general they are quite expensive, as you will have to pay at least £1 for every call or 20p per MB. To know what is the cost of these services, we recommend you contact your carrier.

Here are some examples of how much companies charge for data roaming in Turkey, as well as for other services like phone calls or text messages:

Roaming charges in Turkey
Carrier Making a phone call Receiving a phone call Sending a text message Data usage
Three £1.40 per minute £0.99 per minute £0.35 per text £3 per MB
EE £2.05 per minute £2.05 per minute £0.67 per text £6.85 for 500MB
Virgin Media £1 per minute £0 £0.50 per text £0.50 per MB
Giffgaff £1 per minute £1 per minute £0 £0.20 per MB

Best SIM for roaming in Turkey

The best SIM for roaming in Turkey is an Holafly eSIM card, which lets you use high-speed internet during your stay at a lower price and, unlike roaming fees or add-ons, you will avoid surprises on your phone bill at the end of the month as they have a fixed price.

So not only are Holafly eSIM cards better than roaming in Turkey, but they are also better than buying a local SIM once you arrive. First of all, you will get a national Turkish eSIM from Türk Telekom so you will have the best coverage experience and, secondly, you will save a lot of time, as you already have your eSIM with you.

These are the deals available to roam with Holafly in Turkey:

Holafly data plans in Turkey
3GB for 30 days 34€
5GB for 30 days 49€

Wave goodbye to roaming fees in Turkey with Holafly

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Frequently asked questions about roaming in Turkey

How do I activate roaming in Turkey?

Roaming services are usually activated by default in most SIM cards, so you will not have to do anything to activate your roaming in Turkey, your phone will automatically connect to the mobile network available. However, if roaming is disabled, you will not be able to activate it from Turkey as you should have done it before leaving the UK.

Will my phone have to be on roaming in Turkey?

Yes, your phone has to be on roaming in Turkey if you want to send text messages, make or receive phone calls or use data. Keep in mind that if you turn off roaming while in Turkey you will not be able to use your phone at all.

Fernando Carrillo Fernando Carrillo Fernando estudió Administración, Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas. Con más de dos años de experiencia en Roams, Fernando es experto en el asesoramiento sobre telefonía, tarifas de móvil e internet. Además, también es especialista en canales de televisión y las distintas ofertas que tienen los operadores con tv.