Here are a few items we found interesting upon our arrival back in Turkey
. Just wanted to share them:
We found out that our unlocked broadband
(dongle) using a Turkcell sim no longer works in Turkey
. We last used it in May 2012, when it worked just fine, yet when we came back to Turkey this month it refused to work. We went to Turkcell and it seems they changed some internal software
and only their own Turkcell dongle will work now. So we bought one of the Turkcell dongles for 90 TL and yes it works but only on a PC and not on a Mac! After spending 2 hours with their "expert" he was able to get the PC side of my Mac working with the dongle but not the Mac side. Being an IT person myself it was easy to see that the drivers for the Mac are missing on the Mac install but are present on the PC install. Duh! Too bad that Turkcell doesn't have the missing drivers for Mac OS 10.7 or higher.
As I was leaving the store another cruiser came in and was complaining about the same exact problem, so I didn't feel alone. There is a work-around for the Mac but I refuse to tell Turkcell how to do it!
On another subject, it seems that our Turkcell mobile phone
sim expired. So I tried to just get another sim for the phone
. That doesn't work with the same phone they said. The original phone and sim are registered with the government
and you can't re-activate an old phone with a sim that expired by just getting a new sim! If we had a different mobile phone we could register it, at a cost of 120 TL (a new fee of course) and we could use the new phone. We will be able to use the original phone in Turkey in 2 years, when the original registration
expires we were told. I don't have a solution to this problem but if you do please let me know!
So I go to Vodaphone, buy a new sim and the phone still doesn't work. Vodaphone then tells me the same story, blah blah blah, about coming back in 2 years. I ask for my money
back and Vodaphone refuses to give me a refund because they say it is not their problem but my problem with my phone. No refunds!
One last note for those coming to Marmaris, Turkey this season. When we arrived at Marmaris Yacht Marina we were told that the marina is full. Really full. We walked around the docks and there are virtually no berths to be had in the water
and this is only September. Business at the marina has increased this season and they expect hard standing to be full as well. Just a note to the wise.
Also at the marina only the huge 330 ton lift
is currently working. The smaller lift
that services nearly all of the sailboats is non-functional and not working. No date had been given when it will be repaired but we hope it is soon. In the meantime the large lift is being used to haul out