Internet Survival Kit — Turkish ADSL Chronicles #
When Türk Telecom was eventually able to provide ADSL Broadband power down to us around the Aegean Seacoast at 2005, it arrived not a minute too soon — to halt the bleeding of our Web mobile bill, that had jumped suddenly and dangerously in mid-summer to $150 per month to get easy 56kbps dial-up support.
ADSL service arrived to our Western coastal township, even after to us beach-side inhabitants. It’d arrived in Turkey from the century and was fully operational from the large cities (beginning with Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir) since 2002 — and at smaller West-country municipalities because 2004. Nevertheless, it did not reach our small Izmir-province municipality before August 2005.
Actually, we had set up our first Internet mobile lineup in 1994 (annually after the commercial Web became usable in Turkey) as a different analog lineup — to ensure Peri may use our initial lineup for voice… And, back then, our dial-up usage prices was about $20 per month for example a tiny sum of KDV (Katma Değer Vergisi — Value Added Tax) — in the area of 5 percent, if I remember properly.
However, if 18% was not sufficient to meet the new government’s taxation guy, he devised an added one known as ÖİV (Özel İletişim Vergisi — Particular Communications Tax) which socked in at 15% straight off the bat — without warning at 2004.
So, our once absolutely reasonable monthly online phone invoice during 1994-2002 obtained bumped by 33 percent in 2003-4 — not because of greater utilization on the part, however because of call bill taxation .
And there it remained, about $35 per month, before 2005 — if something odd started to occur with Türk Telecom reports of the Internet use. And, our Online bill started to climb steeply — in apparent disagreement with my cost calculations (according to my hitherto impeccably reliable dial-up service pc logs).
And then at July 2005 the lid blew off the bud … We obtained a dial-up service telephone invoice to get a whopping $150+.
That has been totally impossible…
Refusal to pay a disputed phone [or electrical ] invoice isn’t actually a choice in Turkey. In the event you do not pay your invoice in time, they simply disconnect the ceremony — unceremoniously and with no warning. They also charge interest on your outstanding balance until you do cover — and, naturally, you’ve got to pay extra to get the support reconnected.
And we waited patiently to hear the result of the investigation.
It never arrived. The next month, as stated, Türk Telecom delivered the ADSL support — our criticism (and the particulars of the analysis ) got lost in the shuffle.