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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).

Misc. Info
APN settingsr

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) To rent a phone or sim only on the unlimited everything plan with flat rates, email israelcellrentals@gmail.com or pm jkhein, with the amount of days, for a quote. Shipping is free in the US and Israel!

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) Dovy - 054-848-3077 or 058-488-3077 , usa line - 917-727-3689

4) Simforisrael@gmail.com free delivery to anywhere
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4995 on: March 01, 2017, 06:38:24 AM »
I have a Samsung Galaxy Amp 2 with Cricket (uses AT&T network - GSM).
What can I do to get service in Israel for about 10 days and what would it cost?
Thank you.

Is it unlocked?

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Or you can check out http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=60854.msg1676882#msg1676882 if you just want something for a short term, avoiding the charge for the SIM and saving on shipping.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4996 on: March 01, 2017, 06:48:40 PM »
Currently it's locked but perhaps I can get it unlocked.
Either way, what would you suggest?
Thanks. (Sorry for delay in replying.)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4997 on: March 01, 2017, 06:54:07 PM »
Currently it's locked but perhaps I can get it unlocked.
Either way, what would you suggest?
Thanks. (Sorry for delay in replying.)
If you can get it unlocked, then your in luck  ;)

Just get a SIM card for when you travel, check out this thread.

If you can't get it unlocked, then you also need a phone (try to get something that supports at least 3G), and then you can get a SIM.

I am guessing that renting a phone with a plan will be costlier than buying something unlocked on e-bay and getting a SIM on DDF.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4998 on: March 01, 2017, 07:02:58 PM »
If you can get it unlocked, then your in luck  ;)

Just get a SIM card for when you travel, check out this thread.

If you can't get it unlocked, then you also need a phone (try to get something that supports at least 3G), and then you can get a SIM.

I am guessing that renting a phone with a plan will be costlier than buying something unlocked on e-bay and getting a SIM on DDF.
All I need to do is get it unlocked, pop in a SIM from someone on that thread, and it will work for incoming and outgoing to local (Israel) and USA?
Anything I'm missing?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4999 on: March 01, 2017, 07:32:23 PM »
All I need to do is get it unlocked, pop in a SIM from someone on that thread, and it will work for incoming and outgoing to local (Israel) and USA?
Anything I'm missing?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5000 on: March 02, 2017, 02:01:08 PM »
You get an A+ in reading comprehension!
Thanks. :)
I just don't know anything about this, so I wanted to make sure it was as simple as it sounds.
I don't have to change any settings on my phone, like APN?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5001 on: March 02, 2017, 02:36:06 PM »
Thanks. :)
I just don't know anything about this, so I wanted to make sure it was as simple as it sounds.
I don't have to change any settings on my phone, like APN?
In most cases (with newer phones) you get a message from the carrier the first time you turn it on on their network. Occasionally, you might need to change settings, not too difficult (that's only required for data, voice and text will work right away, though it does take a few minutes to sync to the network, the first time you turn it on).

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5002 on: March 02, 2017, 05:09:31 PM »
Ok, thanks.
How would I know what to change the APN settings to, if necessary?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5003 on: March 02, 2017, 06:05:31 PM »
Ok, thanks.
How would I know what to change the APN settings to, if necessary?
https://www.golantelecom.co.il/web/guides.php

You can also search the Google Play store for "apn israel", there are two apps there that say they will change the setting for you (I haven't tried or tested).

Also some of the companies that rent phones have additional instructions/guides, for example:
http://cellularisrael.com/content.php?cid=16

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5004 on: March 02, 2017, 07:15:42 PM »
Thank you. Very helpful.

By the way, since 2 people here didn't get back (yet) to my PM, what is the going rate to rent a SIM for my unlocked phone for approximately 10 days?
Is $10-$20 realistic?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5005 on: March 02, 2017, 09:58:56 PM »
Thank you. Very helpful.

By the way, since 2 people here didn't get back (yet) to my PM, what is the going rate to rent a SIM for my unlocked phone for approximately 10 days?
Is $10-$20 realistic?
Yes. I don't recall getting a PM from you  ;)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5006 on: March 02, 2017, 11:49:52 PM »
Yes. I don't recall getting a PM from you  ;)
I didn't know to PM you.
2 people PM'd me based on my questions and I replied to them.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5007 on: March 08, 2017, 01:47:57 PM »
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5008 on: March 08, 2017, 05:49:51 PM »
Anyone looking for Kosher phones for Israel. I am looking for anyone that wants to wholesale kosher phones. I have brand new LG phones 3G flip phones fully kosher with kosher sim lock and kosher tac $40USD. Send me a whatsapp if you are interested for pictures and videos.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
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