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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 #30 on: July 01, 2008, 04:40:31 PM »
it all depends on how often you go to israel
im not sure what that means since the per minute rate is cheaper please elaborate

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #31 on: July 01, 2008, 05:12:12 PM »
If  you don't go often do what you find easy to deal with. if you go often then what the orange deal is worth it because you go with the israel rate not us dollars and usually the dollar is worth more than it is now so that way you gain
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #32 on: July 02, 2008, 01:54:02 AM »
If  you don't go often do what you find easy to deal with. if you go often then what the orange deal is worth it because you go with the israel rate not us dollars and usually the dollar is worth more than it is now so that way you gain
its been like this for a long time now

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2008, 01:30:14 PM »
im looking for a cell phone for 1 year

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2008, 01:31:06 PM »
do they have the 10$ add on a line to a existing contract like we have here

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2008, 01:03:22 PM »
any one ??? ??? ???

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2008, 03:27:38 AM »
Amigo/Mirs service is crap.
if you're only calling Israel, definitely get an unlocked phone from the States (make sure it's got world phone capabilities) and buy a Cellcom or Orange chip here.
 

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2008, 03:33:26 AM »
Make sure its a triband I believe.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #38 on: August 27, 2008, 03:33:22 PM »
i am interested in a student cellphone for a year -
any suggestions on a good (not too expensive) company
Is it better to get the phone in the US or in Israel?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2008, 09:46:22 AM »
i recommend kol contacts where you pay 13 cents per minute across the board, (all israeli numbers including cellphones and to america) and not part of the dollar versus shekel gamble. since i have my own unlocked phone i pay $5 a month on top for the sim card rental

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2008, 10:03:48 AM »
how can you reach Kol Contacts.
Can you rent the phone from them as well?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #41 on: August 28, 2008, 10:11:22 AM »
you can but im not sure for how much the contact info is Customer Service: office@kolcontacts.co.il
Tel 054-774-4150 and 02-644-7546
US Tel 718-210-3258 and 877-448-1630
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #42 on: August 28, 2008, 05:47:33 PM »
Just go bye an unlocked phone.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2008, 05:47:49 PM »
Buy*
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2008, 11:32:20 AM »
ebay is a good place to get one