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Company  Price  Sim  Talk/SMS  Web  Free Int'l  Signup Bonus  Israeli CC  Real TZBlackerry
Hot99₪49₪Unlimited3GB31 countries49₪/6 months*  Yes*Yes*
Golan99₪49₪UnlimitedUnlimited  53 countries  ₪59 /1st yearYesNoNo
01292₪Unlimited3GB42 countries*44₪/6 months  YesYes29₪
Rami Levy89₪59₪Unlimited1GB  No1₪/3 monthsYesYesNo
PelephoneYes*Yes*Free
Partner129/135₪*0₪*Unlimited  1GB/3GBAdd'l 20₪NoNoNo*39₪
CellcomA lot of $180₪  NoNo75₪

Rule #1- The Israeli cell phone service market is retarded. But cheap.
Rule #2- It is illegal for a company to "lock you in" a contract. ALL plans may be cancelled at any time with no penalty. Though, they do prevent you from opening and closing plans by charging a sim card "fee". This fee must always be paid even if paid for once before, and ranges from 39₪ to 180₪.
Rule #3- For those places that need an Israeli credit card, you may need to get one from an Israeli bank with a passport and income information although YMMV.
Rule #4- It is rarely, if ever, worthwhile to rent a "vacation plan" or prepaid, as the price for a regular unlimted plan for a month is less that a vacation plan for a week. Get a GSM phone that covers 900/1800 bands and save your money
Rule #5- All Israeli plans, whether regular or prepaid, include free incoming calls/texts.

Hot- 99₪ a month - includes unlimited calls, text and data (3 gb, then slow) and unlimited to 32 countries. Free home internet supply included. They currently have an offer if you port a number from a different network, to get the first six months for just 49₪ a month. You can move your package to a 10₪ a month plan, which includes 50 minutes and texts. You can also freeze the line once a year for up to 3 months. Regarding signup- you can use an American CC and fake TZ over the phone as one user has done.

Golan - Service is passable, but can be subpar in certain areas. There are two plans with Golan. There's the 99₪ unlimited talk/text/internet/international calling plan, which also gives you up to 2 virtual foreign numbers. This plan also includes for many countries unlimited global data roaming (6GB high-speed), incoming calls & texts, and calls & texts to Israel. They also offer a ₪29 per day data-roaming plan which gives 100MB a day in these countries. These roaming options can be very useful for foreigners regardless of whether they need Golan for Israel. See their website for details.There's a promo deal to get the 99 plan for ₪59 /month for the 1st year. There's also a ₪10 a month plan, which includes 60 min for domestic/US & CA and landlines in many countries, unlimited SMS and 10 MB of Internet, with add'l mins ₪.18 domestic, ₪.08 to US/CA and landlines in many countries, and data ₪.09 /MB. Its great for those short trips here. SIM should work in an iPad for data; you can also order a car SIM which will allow you to have 2 SIMs which draw from same plan.
[To get the sim in the USA before your trip:  golanusa.net will ship it to you for $14 (more for rush) and the 49 nis for the sim. Golan bills on the 25th of the month.  The days before the first 25th are free.(So for a trip between the 26th and the 24th of the month, you don't pay the 59 nis or 99 nis plan fee.)]

012mobile - Runs on Partner service, you will get an 054 number (unless you ported). Unlimited - 49₪ for the first 6 months and 92₪ from thereon after for unlimited everything too. Includes 3GB Data and 500 minutes to US/CA (any phone) and 40 other countries (landlines only). 9₪ plan includes 60 minutes, 60 SMS, and 100MB data. Additional domestic minutes/SMS are ₪ .09, Int'l calls to to US/CA (any phone) and 40 other countries (landlines only) are ₪ .25 per min. Add'l data bundles are available starting from ₪ 19 for 1 GB. 5GB Laptop/Tablet (data only) is 98₪.

Pelephone - Online, they accept fake TZ and US CC.

Partner - 129₪ a month for unlimited talk, text, and 1GB. 135₪ for 3GB. Family plans are cheaper.Free sim for online orders. Extra 20₪/mo. for 500 min. int'l calling. Extra 39₪ for Blackberry. May need to give 500₪ deposit that you (may) get back when you cancel the plan.  One can freeze line without charges for up to 3 months when not needed (not sure if allowed more than once per 12 months).

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Note by Menucha:
Please note: as of 4/1/13, most carriers reduce period of intro rates and at times increased cost for monthly intro. I suggest we leave the above as is, but please keep in mind new changed, which are not negotiable and based on govt agreements. monthly flat rate is still great and same. (post intro)
Also, while reps wont tell you, typically you will get longer intro rate if you activate account on your own on line, and not via rep (phone or store). confirmed with carrier. Enjoy! flat monthly, even without intro rate is still one of the lowest you will come across in the west!

Israeli cellphone rentals:

1) Talkinisrael.com
Phone: +972587564477
Whatsapp: +972536299365
Email: info@talkinisrael.com 
if you should have any problems feel free to send me a pm and I will try to help you the best I can.
Plans for sale here are primarily for long term rentals.(students and the like.)

2) There's a company that rents regular phones and sims Israelrentacell@gmail.com. Or call 267-388-9359 (they have free delivery in U.S!). Pm yitzshpitz for more about their one low rate for unlimited. There is also an American number option.

3) Cellular Israel - 072-224-3300 or 718-289-0195

4) Simforisrael@gmail.com free delivery to anywhere

5) UnlimitedIsrael (DansDeals Advertiser with many positive reviews on DDMS & DDF) is the leading provider of SIM card & iPhone rentals for Israel in the US.
  • Unlimited calls & texts within Israel
  • Unlimited calling to the US and Canada
  • Lightning Fast 4G Internet Speeds
  • Unlimited 4G data
  • Sim Cards - $5/day
  • iPhones - $45/week
  • Kosher Phone - $4/day
  • Mifi Hotspot - $6/day
Use code SUAVE10 for 10% off any order
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2008, 01:21:54 PM »
what about getting a pre paid cell phone in israel?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2008, 01:32:28 PM »
Thansk folks.  I  need to rent ONE cell phone only.  Will be making/receiving calls to/from Israelis with their own cell phones as well as from landlines.  Hope this clarifies things
so there you have it  in this situation i think kol contact is the best route

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2008, 01:35:16 PM »
i loooked into it everyone wants money
how about unlocking you phone and getting a prepaid sim in israel

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2008, 02:11:32 PM »
prepaid sim cards are rarely worth it, unless you just want a phone for an emergency... especially with the low dollar and that orange prepaid raised their prices a lot about 10 months ago.

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israel cell phone rental
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2008, 01:08:16 AM »
is there a short term cell phone rental that gives you good rates on mobile 2 mobile
@around 2 cents a minute? or that comes with a nextel style walkie talkie?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2008, 12:33:06 PM »
is there a short term cell phone rental that gives you good rates on mobile 2 mobile
@around 2 cents a minute? or that comes with a nextel style walkie talkie?
Amigo rents phones with unlimited walkie-talkie.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2008, 07:34:00 PM »
i am going to israel this week. talk and save has a summer special with a free rental and you just pay for minutes!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2008, 08:23:35 PM »
i am going to israel this week. talk and save has a summer special with a free rental and you just pay for minutes!
  what do they charge per minute

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2008, 11:16:22 AM »
  what do they charge per minute
Go to their website:
http://www.talknsave.net/
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2008, 11:28:04 AM »
i am going to israel this week. talk and save has a summer special with a free rental and you just pay for minutes!
after you see their prices it makes sense that they'll give you a free phone

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2008, 11:50:45 AM »
after you see their prices it makes sense that they'll give you a free phone
Are they expensive?
Who is cheaper?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #26 on: July 01, 2008, 02:54:31 PM »
Are they expensive?
Who is cheaper?
I think so. It's cheaper in the long run to buy a sim card bec you never pay rental fees. this place talk and save has it that you need to have the phone for 4 to 6 weeks. last time i checked you could go into orange and sign up for a plan with no monthly fee just sign a contract say 60 agurat per minute to any where in israel and an additional 15 agura per minute to america and no hidden fees. i did it in the orange store next to kikar shabbat. This is not prepaid.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #27 on: July 01, 2008, 03:10:53 PM »
I think so. It's cheaper in the long run to buy a sim card bec you never pay rental fees. this place talk and save has it that you need to have the phone for 4 to 6 weeks. last time i checked you could go into orange and sign up for a plan with no monthly fee just sign a contract say 60 agurat per minute to any where in israel and an additional 15 agura per minute to america and no hidden fees. i did it in the orange store next to kikar shabbat. This is not prepaid.
with the current exchange rate that comes out to be about 18 cents within israel and 22 cents to america. if you rent a phone from kol contacts its $1 a day and 17 cents a minute across the board, to an israeli landline, cell phone, and america  i would think the latter is the better deal since you dont have to buy anything and you dont have to unlock your phone

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #28 on: July 01, 2008, 03:25:41 PM »
with the current exchange rate that comes out to be about 18 cents within israel and 22 cents to america. if you rent a phone from kol contacts its $1 a day and 17 cents a minute across the board, to an israeli landline, cell phone, and america  i would think the latter is the better deal since you dont have to buy anything and you dont have to unlock your phone
it all depends on how often you go to israel

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2008, 03:31:52 PM »
I think so. It's cheaper in the long run to buy a sim card bec you never pay rental fees. this place talk and save has it that you need to have the phone for 4 to 6 weeks. last time i checked you could go into orange and sign up for a plan with no monthly fee just sign a contract say 60 agurat per minute to any where in israel and an additional 15 agura per minute to america and no hidden fees. i did it in the orange store next to kikar shabbat. This is not prepaid.
You dont have to rent for 4-6 weeks with Talk n Save (maybe for the no rental fee deal).
The regular rental costs $1 per day.
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