Telephone numbers in Turkey
Turkey went from six (2+4) to seven digits (3+4) local phone numbers c.1988, at which time Ankara went from 41 to 4. There used to be more than 5000 local area codes of varying lengths (one to five digits) with correspondingly varying local number lengths (seven to three digits).
The new system is based on 83 three-digit area codes for provinces and seven digit local phone numbers. Istanbul is the exception and it gets two area codes ((212) for the European and (216) for the Asian side).
Calling a cell phone from outside Turkey is the same except the three digit numbers are replaced with the ones of the companies. Like  +  + [cell company id number] + [seven digit number]. The following are the company identification numbers for the major mobile telephone providers: Turkcell (530-539), Vodafone (540-549) and Avea (500-509 and 550-559) .
Local numbers in most areas were also changed in conjunction with the numbering plan that took effect 1 August 1993.
If a former area code is indicated, this is for the major centre in the new area code's district. The new area codes will also replace former area codes other than the primary one mentioned.
The general wiki Instructions say "Be Bold!" So, I will say that I am in Turkey and need this information, but I do not understand much of what is said here. Please help to make it clearer to an ignorant tourist.
I mean no offense at all to all of the knowledge and hard work already here. However, what is a language digit? I see that English is 2. Do I begin with a 2? And about 444 numbers. When I tried to call a 444 number on an earlier visit, I was told that I DID need to use the area code as my Turkish cell phone was from a very different part of Turkey. Perhaps I misunderstood. I know it did not work to just dial the 444-XX-XX number. What is an IVR? What is a stop pulse? And so on.
I mean all of this as a friend. Please forgive my ignorance that sounds like rudeness and help to continue to improve this page. Thanks.
The country calling code of Turkey is 90.
- Language digit[clarification needed]: 0 (Direct Dialing)
- Language digit: 2 (Operator Assistance)
- National (significant) number: 10 Digits.
- Area code: 3 digits
- Local subscriber’s number: 7 digits.
- Only exception in this is the call center numbers which start with 444, the call center numbers cannot be dialed with area code, they must be dialed with 7 digit from any phone (Landlines & Mobiles) in the country. The number format is 444 XX XX. For dialing the Call Center numbers from other countries, the number must be dialed as Country Code + Call Center Number like 90 444 XX XX. If you dial the Call Center number with the area code you will hear an IVR announce saying you must not use area code while dialing the call center number.
- Dialing procedure:
- A call from another country would have the following dialing format:
|International call prefix +||90 +||Area code +||Subscriber’s number|
|(00) or +||90||(3 Digit)||(7 Digit)|
|Example: + 90 312 213 2965|
|International Code||Country Code||Area Code||Subscriber Number|
- Access to automatic telephone service within Turkey:
trunk / inner - city code number : 0
- Access to international telephone service from Turkey:
international code : 00
- Note: After 3-digit area codes, subscriber numbers cannot be prefaced with the number 1. The number 1 is only to be used for certain special services.
- International Switched Digital Service:
Ankara, İstanbul and İzmir DMS-300 International Exchanges Accept:
L/D + area code + subscriber number + ST L /D = language digit : 0 (direct dialing) L /D = language digit : 2 (operator assistance)
- Operator Access Code:
There are two international operator centers in Turkey, Ankara and İstanbul. Each one of these centers provides operator telephone services according ITU/T dialing:
L/D + code11 + ST (Random) L/D + code12 + 312 + ST (Ankara) L/D + code12 + 212 + ST (İstanbul)
L/D: language digit 2 English C11: operator assistance C12: international transits ST: stop pulse
The operators of the international exchanges in Ankara and Istanbul are available under C11 and C12.
- Local Time:
Winter time: UTC + 2 hours Summer time: UTC + 3 hours
List of area codes in Turkey
|ALPHABETICAL LIST OF AREA CODES|
|NAME OF PROVINCE||AREA CODE||NAME OF PROVINCE||AREA CODE|
(*) Northern Cyprus
List of mobile codes in Turkey
Note: These are the codes that wireless operators in Turkey assign to new subscribers. Because of mobile number portability, a subscriber’s telephone number may not accurately reflect their actual operator.
List of other special domestic codes in Turkey
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