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Northern Cyprus mobile internet

Updated: 3 weeks ago

Let us contemplate the tariffs offered by the principal mobile operators of Northern Cyprus, and compare the velocity of internet access along with the cost of their service packages.

The expenses related to calls, SMS, and particularly internet usage while roaming are exorbitant. Hence, it would be prudent to procure a local SIM card, often referred to as a "tourist" card, without delay.

In Northern Cyprus, two cellular network providers operate:

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Kuzey Kibris Turkcell (KKTCELL)

The prominent cellular provider in Northern Cyprus, Kuzey Kibris Turkcell, is an affiliate of the Turkish operator Turkcell.

A "tourist" SIM card can be obtained from any of the mobile operator's outlets or regular supermarkets. KKTCELL has over 1000 sales points in Northern Cyprus. Information regarding prepaid tariffs and 'Pay As You Go' internet packages can be found on the official website of Turkcell Kuzey Kibris.

Based on our observations, the most advantageous package for tourists is the "Bitmeten super paket". It encompasses 6 GB of internet data and 300 minutes of talk time. All this can be availed for the price of 379 Turkish Lira per month.

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The prepaid tourist SIM card does not necessitate registration. Simply insert the card into your phone, recharge the balance as per the accompanying instructions (or the seller can effortlessly activate the card for you at the counter), and your phone is now ready for use. Balance top-ups can be performed at the operator's outlets or terminals.

Turkcell offers a wide array of packages, typically accessible through the operator's application. However, this option is unavailable for tourists.

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Telsim Vodafone (KKTC Telsim)

The second major cellular network provider in Northern Cyprus is Telsim Vodafone (KKTC Telsim). Starter packages can be acquired from Vodafone stores, where an employee can also assist in activating and configuring the card.

The SIM card's envelope contains instructions for its activation. For self-activation, dial the USSD code *123# and make a call. To connect a data package, enter the command *2121# and make a call.

You can find Telsim's tariffs on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the velocity of mobile internet in Northern Cyprus?

Since 4G technology has not yet reached Northern Cyprus, the average speed of mobile internet typically ranges between 3-7 Mbps, with a ping of 20-30ms (according to data from www.speedtest.net).

  1. How can one download the mobile operator applications for Android in Northern Cyprus?

Officially, only users from Turkey or Northern Cyprus can download the applications. However, you can obtain the installation files:

You can purchase packages from both operators and determine through experience which one suits you best, as well as which SIM card provides a more stable signal in your area of residence.

Additional information regarding mobile communication in Northern Cyprus:

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