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Citizens bringing in phones from abroad can now register online.

Citizens bringing in phones from abroad can now register online.

Citizens bringing foreign mobile phones into Turkey will soon be able to register them and pay the 100 lira tax online, rather than having to register them at a tax office, Transport Minister Binalı Yıldırım has said.

“Instead of burdening citizens with unnecessary bureaucratic procedures, it is our duty to provide citizens with the option of registering over the Internet,” said Yıldırım. Citizens will be able to receive an e-government password at their local post office (PTT). With the code, once they access the www.turkiye.gov.tr website, they will be able to register their mobile phones.

“Once the registration process goes online, our citizens will be able to register their phones in a shorter amount of time and with more ease,” added Yıldırım.

August/20/2012

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Eric Martin

8/20/2012 11:44:58 PM

This is done to slow down imports. Turkey needs to start developing it's own smart touchphones.

Dweller -

8/20/2012 5:34:34 PM

This is not before time. I brought a mobile in some 7 years ago and the process was so horrendous I eventually bought a phone in Turkey. It appears to have changed little since then so ANY progress will be welcome.
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