According to information shared in the Official Gazette, the IMEI registration fee for devices brought from abroad has been increased greatly. In November of last year, we told you that the IMEI registration fee increased from 170 TL to 500TL. In June, 500 TL to 618TL, the IMEI registration fee again came up with a big increase.
According to information published in the Official Gazette, the IMEI registration fee has risen from 618 TL to 1500 TL. In short, the IMEI registration fee has been increased more than twice. With the increase applied, it has become much more difficult to bring smartphones from abroad.
Smartphone prices in our country are very high due to taxes. That’s why bringing in smartphones from abroad was a more affordable solution. However, with the IMEI registration fee increased to 1500 TL, there seems to be no point in bringing a smartphone from abroad.
Let us also remind you that this is not the only decision that makes it difficult to bring smartphones from abroad. Last May, we told you that the deadline for bringing smartphones from abroad increased to 3 years and that the era of registering IMEI on someone else’s passport was over.
It is a fact that smartphone prices are quite high due to taxes in our country. People who want to own a smartphone for less than prices buy phones from abroad. But in order to use these phones in our country, you need to register them in a passport.
This is where the IMEI registration fee comes in. In order for this registration to take place, a passport and IMEI registration fee, which have not exceeded 120 days to return from abroad, must be paid. If this registration is not carried out, the smartphone will be switched off within 120 days. Below you can find the decision published in the Official Gazette.