Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Turks go to Georgia to buy mobile phones

Ankara, 27 December. The number of Turkish “tourists” crossing the main border with Georgia increased by 293% in November compared to the same month in 2021, and continues to rise in the last weeks of this year, which is much higher than the number of smartphones sold in Turkey. are cheap. ,

It was reported today by Turkish newspaper Hürriyet, according to which 94,147 Turks were registered in November at the Sarp border crossing next to neighboring Georgia.

According to experts cited by the newspaper, in 2022 the number of mobile phones brought from abroad by Turkish “tourists” will already exceed one and a half million.

An iPhone 14 Pro Max model with a capacity of 128 GB will cost around 44,000 Turkish Lira (about 2,207 euros/$2,351) in Turkey, while it can be bought in Georgia for about 28,300 lira (1,420 euros/$1,5112). Could

Flows by road to Georgia, where Turks do not require a visa, have accelerated in recent weeks, driven by a desire to obtain the aforementioned equipment before the entry into force of a 123% increase in tariffs on January 1. They need to be registered and used in Turkey.

According to the Association of Entrepreneurs of Mobile Communication Tools and Information Technology, about 10 million mobile phones have been sold in Turkey so far in 2022.

At the same time, 3.5 million of these devices would have been “illegally cloned” in the Eurasian country, while the telephones brought by Turkish “tourists” would exceed one and a half million, according to the above union calculations.

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