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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:
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

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
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #75 on: October 23, 2011, 12:26:47 PM »
I rented from Amigo last time and wouldn't touch the data...they wanted 9 cents a KB!
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #76 on: October 23, 2011, 02:49:29 PM »
I have a DROID 2 Global Cellphone from Verizon.  I think I can unlock and swap the sim card because it is a "global" phone (unlike most other Verizon phones). Has anyone experience with swapping in the Sim card on a verizon global phone? I am going to Israel in December- where can I get a Sim card and how much would it cost? Thanks

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #77 on: October 23, 2011, 02:54:47 PM »
where can I get a Sim card and how much would it cost? Thanks
In Israel all plans don't carry contracts, so just buy a SIM from one of the 3 providers Orange, Pelephone, Cellcom. The problem is they charge an activation fee (they say its for the SIM card) of 100-200 shekel. Than a month of unlimited data cost approx 100 shekel. Pelephone is the fastest internet by far. They have unlimited data for 79/month, but it will take coaxing. They charge more than Orange for the SIM though.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #78 on: October 23, 2011, 03:00:02 PM »
In Israel all plans don't carry contracts, so just buy a SIM from one of the 3 providers Orange, Pelephone, Cellcom. The problem is they charge an activation fee (they say its for the SIM card) of 100-200 shekel. Than a month of unlimited data cost approx 100 shekel. Pelephone is the fastest internet by far. They have unlimited data for 79/month, but it will take coaxing. They charge more than Orange for the SIM though.
i went into an orange store on malchie yisroel, spoke to roy, he wanted to charge me 150 shekel for a sim - only 100 if i sign that day. i said forget it and started walking out out. he said you know what i'll give it to you for free it you sign now.... needless to say... it was free

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« Reply #79 on: October 23, 2011, 03:02:53 PM »
i went into an orange store on malchie yisroel, spoke to roy, he wanted to charge me 150 shekel for a sim - only 100 if i sign that day. i said forget it and started walking out out. he said you know what i'll give it to you for free it you sign now.... needless to say... it was free
Everything is possible! but chances are you'd get charged that fee anyway. I always record conversations like those.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #80 on: October 23, 2011, 05:08:27 PM »
but if your only going for a few days is that still the best and easiest?
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« Reply #81 on: October 23, 2011, 05:14:55 PM »
but if your only going for a few days is that still the best and easiest?
if youb need a lot of data. Otherwise just buy a roaming package
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« Reply #82 on: October 23, 2011, 05:19:17 PM »
I have a DROID 2 Global Cellphone from Verizon.  I think I can unlock and swap the sim card because it is a "global" phone (unlike most other Verizon phones). Has anyone experience with swapping in the Sim card on a verizon global phone? I am going to Israel in December- where can I get a Sim card and how much would it cost? Thanks

You shouldn't have a problem. Call Verizon to make sure it is unlocked. Buy a sim Card anywhere in Israel... approx 80 shekel depending on where/what you are buying.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #83 on: October 23, 2011, 08:12:52 PM »
Thanks everyone for the tips on Sim Cards in Israel.  When referring to a Sim card with unlimited data for 80-100 shekel per month, does that include cellphone calls to USA?  When I travel to Israel this year I will mostly use my phone for international calls, and will be there only for one week.

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« Reply #84 on: October 23, 2011, 08:36:10 PM »
Thanks everyone for the tips on Sim Cards in Israel.  When referring to a Sim card with unlimited data for 80-100 shekel per month, does that include cellphone calls to USA?  When I travel to Israel this year I will mostly use my phone for international calls, and will be there only for one week.
int'l calls are 2.5 shekel per minute, unless u have a specific plan. Or a samrtphone with VOIP
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #85 on: October 23, 2011, 09:17:28 PM »
i had an orange plan and i just lost the sim card and i wanted to give the plan over to someone going there for the year but i need a new sim card.
before i give a call to orange, would anyone know how i can replace a sim card for minimum charge?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #86 on: October 24, 2011, 03:04:34 AM »
i had an orange plan and i just lost the sim card and i wanted to give the plan over to someone going there for the year but i need a new sim card.
before i give a call to orange, would anyone know how i can replace a sim card for minimum charge?
just call them, play it stupid & say u have to close the acct b/c u lost the SIM. Israel has amazing retention departments - they will do anything. BTW what plan do u have?
P.s. - be aware changing ownership is complicated
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Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #87 on: October 24, 2011, 07:45:53 AM »
just call them, play it stupid & say u have to close the acct b/c u lost the SIM. Israel has amazing retention departments - they will do anything. BTW what plan do u have?
P.s. - be aware changing ownership is complicated
Good idea. And I'm not changing ownerships - I'm giving it to my brother and I'm leaving it on my CC and my name

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #88 on: October 24, 2011, 08:36:23 AM »
just call them, play it stupid & say u have to close the acct b/c u lost the SIM. Israel has amazing retention departments - they will do anything. BTW what plan do u have?
P.s. - be aware changing ownership is complicated

I have done that ... I lost my phone and called them that I want to cancel ... They let no problem

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #89 on: October 24, 2011, 08:48:17 AM »
I have done that ... I lost my phone and called them that I want to cancel ... They let no problem
of course they let u cancel. They must by law. What I'm saying is that they'll give u anything to entice u to stay
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