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I've recently purchased (on line from a U.S. company) an unlocked cell phone, including prepaid SIM card, for use on my upcoming Greece/Turkey trip. I have no particular concern about the phone working (maybe I should have?), but a friend who has been to Turkey said that even if the phone works, the government will not permit calls unless a tax is paid, so I may end up unable to use the phone in Turkey. Do you know anything about this?

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