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Roaming on U.S. carriers
Verizon: $25 per each 100MB when Gobal Data feature is activated. Exorbitant calling rates.
AT&T:
T-Mobile: Simple Choice plans (postpaid-only which requires credit pull, but you can cancel anytime) include unlimited data roaming at 2G speeds in 120+ countries. Calls between any of these countries are $.20 /min.
Sprint: - For some reason its a bit complicated - https://www.sprint.com/landings/openworld/index.html - http://www.sprint.com/landings/international-value-roaming/ - http://support.sprint.com/global/pdf/support/BizMultiCountryDataPack.pdf
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International SIM cards

Toggle Mobile:
Covers the U.S., many European countries (though not Italy or Belgium), and Australia. Rates from these countries are .03 to all USA and UK phones both mobile and landline, .03 to landlines and .09 to mobiles in many other countries, .06 to Israel landlines and .15 to Israel mobiles. SMS to most (looks like all) countries is .07. Data bundles start at 5 for 500 MB in the UK and 20 for 1GB in the other Toggle countries. Incoming calls are free in 20+ countries.

SIMs can be ordered online and shipped free to many countries. You automatically receive a free permanent U.K. number. Before each trip you must register online for a local incoming number in the countries you are travelling to, which activates the roaming plan and lasts 30 days at no cost. You can pay 5 a year to keep numbers permanently.

Golan Telecom:
The 99₪ unlimited talk/text/internet/international calling plan, which also gives you up to 2 virtual foreign numbers, also includes for many countries (not all have launched yet) unlimited global data roaming (6GB high-speed), incoming calls & texts, and calls & texts to Israel.

Alternatively, Golan also offers a ₪29 per day data-only roaming plan which gives 100MB a day in these countries (all have been launched). These roaming options can be very useful for foreigners regardless of whether they need Golan for Israel.


VOIP calling apps

Vonage Mobile: Free calls to US/CA, very cheap int'l rates (see link). Uses your real number for outgoing caller ID, and also for incoming calls if you are a tmobile/AT&T customer and activate ReachMe roaming in the app.

Google Hangouts: Uses your Google Voice number over VOIP. Free calls to US/CA, very cheap int'l rates (see link).


Local SIM cards

Israel: See wiki on this thread.

Global MiFi
FreedomPop $10/500mb
https://www.freedompop.com/worldwide
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #30 on: May 20, 2010, 04:02:31 PM »
dan arent you in israel? do you hold one day?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #31 on: May 20, 2010, 06:09:20 PM »
dan arent you in israel? do you hold one day?

Good point, lubavitchers keep 1  day in israel.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2010, 06:29:24 PM »
thats interesting.

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Israel- Sim Card
« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2010, 05:20:48 PM »
Anyone ever got a sim card for a short visit to israel? Ive seen they have prepaid ones? Any suggestions?

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Re: Israel- Sim Card
« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2010, 05:27:03 PM »
cheapest willl be to rent here the pre paid are crazy expensive

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Re: Israel- Sim Card
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2010, 05:24:39 PM »
rent where? how about phone rentals, anyone have any sugges.?

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Re: Israel- Sim Card
« Reply #36 on: July 02, 2010, 12:23:57 PM »
I have used the travelcell type phones and the pre-paid(orange sim). The Orange works out pretty good price wise. I have an unlocked phone, you have to make sure it has the right frequency, (900/1800 I think). You can buy the orange sim card in the us and then buy "big talk" to add time in israel. This way I also keep the same phone number every time I go.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #37 on: July 04, 2010, 04:14:41 AM »
900/1800 is correct, to add usa capability to it add 1900. I believe 850 is for good parts of brazil.

Having those 4 frequencies (quadband), you are basically covered in all countries, except japan, where 3g is needed.

(Other countries have 3g too, such as pelefon in Israel, but there are alternative networks).

If going in the wilderness, those won't suffice, you will want to buy/rent a satellite phone, such as thuraya, and others.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #38 on: July 04, 2010, 05:44:50 AM »
850  is also used in america. I'm not sure if it's by T-mobile, AT&T or both.
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #39 on: July 04, 2010, 06:37:00 AM »
I was mentioning (as mashma in my post) that I only brought up the basic ones needed, in a lot of european countries, you could manage with single bands. Believe it or not, some fancy Bmw and Rolls Royce have an internal phone that only works with 900, meaning that they have to stick to some operators.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2010, 04:37:52 PM »
850  is also used in america. I'm not sure if it's by T-mobile, AT&T or both.

Its only used by ATT TMobile uses 1900 for voice  1700 and 2100 AWS bands for data
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #41 on: July 06, 2010, 04:44:49 PM »
Those aren't even GSM bands. They're AWS, which as far as I am aware, are currently only being used for data
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #42 on: August 20, 2010, 08:13:30 PM »
I have a cellcom sim card and im looking to buy an att phone which i will unlock does anyone know what band cellcom in israel uses? Is it 900/1800 like orange or do they use a different band? I dont need data just calls and text messaging.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #43 on: August 21, 2010, 01:59:26 PM »
1800 only
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #44 on: August 21, 2010, 06:51:59 PM »
Shouldn't be too much of a worry, as rarely will you find modern phones with only one of the two.