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Foreign Cell Phones in Turkey (Istanbul)

I am moving to Istanbul in a month and am curious if I should bring my US cell phone with me or if it is better to purchase a phone once I am in Turkey.

I know that Turkey requires you to register outside cell phones with the police, but how difficult (and expensive) is this process? I really do not want to have to purchase a new phone once I am in Turkey, if possible.

(I have already checked the bandwidths and I think my GSM phone should work without a problem as far as that is concerned.)

Thank you!

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