Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Big increase in mobile tariffs: 65 percent increase

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We are on the verge of a major increase in costs for mobile phone users in Turkey. According to the news of BT Dünyası, with the latest statement made by the Information Technologies and Communication Authority (BTK), an important update was made in the maximum fee tariff for mobile communication services. According to the new tariff plan that came into force as of April 1, 2024, prices in mobile phone tariffs increased by an average of 65 percent on an annual basis. This rate was recorded as one of the highest increases in the sector in the last few years.

Details of the increase in mobile tariffs

This update will cause a significant increase in consumers' mobile phone bills. With the new regulation, domestic call charges were increased to 3 lira and 12 cents per minute, while the per minute fee for international calls was determined as 31 lira and 35 cents. These increases indicate a significant cost increase that directly affects both individual and corporate users.

Fees for transactions such as line transfer fees and name or title changes have also increased with the new tariff. For example, for a line transfer transaction, 59.83 TL will now have to be paid, and for a name or title change, 40.86 TL will have to be paid. Similar price increases are observed for services such as number change and SIM card change. A fee of 136.52 TL will be charged for SIM card changes due to loss, theft or user error.

Another important update that is of great concern to postpaid line users was the detailed billing fees. For detailed invoice requests, 4 lira and 9 kurus will now be paid for each page. Domestic SMS fees were increased to 2 lira 23 kuruş, and international SMS fees were increased to 5 lira 51 kuruş.

Frequency of mobile tariff updates

The mobile maximum fee tariff determined by BTK is updated every year in April and October. This regulation ensures that mobile operators Turkcell, Türk Telekom Mobile and Vodafone cannot charge more than the set fees. However, significant increases in this tariff can complicate users' access to mobile communications services and significantly increase their costs.

These price hikes may reflect the financial pressures operators are facing, given recent economic fluctuations and increased operational costs. However, this large increase raises important questions in terms of consumer rights and accessible mobile communication services.

Users and consumer rights organizations argue that such significant increases should be directly proportional to increases in service quality. Moreover, in today's world where mobile communication services have become a basic need, there is a broad consensus that such price increases should be balanced with consumer-friendly policies.

As a result, this significant increase in mobile tariffs will bring significant changes and challenges for both industry professionals and end users. This shows that dialogue and negotiations between mobile operators and consumers will become even more important in the future. We will continue to closely follow these important developments in the world of technology and communication, their effects and possible solutions for consumers.

Danish Kapoor