Turkcell to sell Apple iPhone 3G in Turkey

Turkcell, in an e-mailed statement to customers today, said Monday it will bring Apple’s revolutionary iPhone 3G to Turkey later this year.

Turkcell is the leading wireless provider in Turkey with 35.4 million customers.

The company did not offer a specific date or price for the Turkish launch, but said that the iPhone will be available to customers of both its prepaid plans and recurring subscription services.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Martin” for the heads up.]


  1. When Europeans first encountered turkeys in the Americas they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl (Numida meleagris), also known as a turkey-cock from its importation to Central Europe through Turkey, and the name of that country stuck as the name of the bird. The confusion is also reflected in the scientific name: meleagris is Greek for guinea-fowl.
    The names for M. gallopavo in other languages also frequently reflect its exotic origins, seen from an Old World viewpoint, and add to the confusion about where turkeys actually came from. The many references to India seen in common names go back to a combination of two factors: first, the genuine belief that the newly-discovered Americas were in fact a part of Asia, and second, the tendency during that time to attribute exotic animals and foods to a place that symbolized far-off, exotic lands. The latter is reflected in terms like “Muscovy Duck” (which is from South America, not Muscovy). This was a major reason why the name “turkey-cock” stuck to Meleagris rather than to the guinea fowl (Numida meleagris): the Ottoman Empire represented the exotic East.

    The name given to a group of Turkeys is a rafter, although they are sometimes incorrectly referred to as a gobble or flock.
    Several other birds which are sometimes called “turkeys” are particularly closely related: the Australian brush-turkey is a megapode, and the bird sometimes known as the “Australian turkey” is in fact the Australian Bustard, a gruiform. The bird sometimes called a Water Turkey is actually an Anhinga (Anhinga rufa)

  2. This is a first step for me. I always dream of the day when I can video chat with my girlfriend (she lives in Istanbul, Turkey) a la Dick Tracy with an iPhone. Obviously, it would be so much better if she were here, but…..when is an iPhone with a camera in the front for video chatting coming? I wonder if the stumbling block is actually a more potent battery, more than a camera behind the front panel…technology which I think already exists for the iPhone.

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