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On The Road / Re: Help with car rental in Jerusalem for succos
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:52:13 PM »
I have rented from avis countless times with world mastercard.... only saves 14 NIS a day

keep in mind after insurance ur rental price will double or even close to triple

I am always puzzled when I see Dan or others discussing World Mastercards for Israel rentals. It barely saves anything.

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Tech Talk / Re: Verizon 4G/LTE Smartphones
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:45:53 PM »
"The size of the screen has been calculated to be 4.6 inches--bigger than anything offered in the United States thus far"

Bit concerned about this. It sounds like it will be gigantic.

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On The Road / Re: Help with car rental in Jerusalem for succos
« on: October 03, 2011, 02:42:31 PM »
Wait till you see what the final price is with damage and theft protection. You're in for a rude surprise.

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Credit Cards / Re: World MasterCards That Do/Don't Cover CDW In Israel
« on: September 16, 2011, 05:52:22 PM »
I have the Travelocity AmEx (issued by Barclays) which states in Guide to Benefits "As an eligible Insured, you may receive reimbursement for repair or
replacement of the Rented Automobile as a result of Damage or Loss to the Rented
Automobile anywhere in the world."
https://www.mytravelocityrewards.com/app/ccsite/benefits/guide/F03-G514-9_Travelocity_AMEX_GTB_WebLO_0110.pdf

I called Barclays they confirmed every country is covered including Israel, but declined to provide a letter, saying it was unnecessary since the guide clearly states "anywhere in the world."

I am still unclear though how this helps save much? For example Thrifty Israel's T&Cs states:

To decline LDW & TPC, the renter must have a US issued World Master Card or Canadian issued Gold/Platinum Visa/MasterCard and provide WRITTEN PROOF that the card has relevant coverage for car rentals in Israel.
Nevertheless,if LDW & TPC are declined,Third Party Liability is mandatory in Israel as a minimum coverage to cover items that are not covered by the credit card company such as Blowouts, Tire/Trim damage not caused by Theft/Vandalism or
is not a result of vehicle collision.
Only US issued World Master Card or Canadian issued Gold/Platinum Visa/MasterCard can be used to waive LDW & TPC These cards will only be accepted for coverage for rental periods of less than 28 days in any calendar year.
If a relevant card and cover letter are not produced at time of commencement of rental, then LDW & TPC must be purchased.
Customers who choose to rely on their credit card for coverage are subject to an Administration Fee of USD15.00. This fee is to cover communication costs with the card holder company to establish cover for the processing of
claims and the supply of relevant information on rentals in case of damage.
If the LDW & TPC protection's are declined, a minimum security deposit of USD5000 will be required through the clients credit card to cover possible damage to the Thrifty and 3rd party vehicles, in addition to rental charges.
Maximum Security Deposit is up to the full value of the vehicle if the LDW & TPC protection's are declined.

The forced 3rd Party Liabilty + $15 Admin. fee mean you will very likely pay more by using a CCs coverage. I have glanced at other rental companies it seemed their terms are similar. Any thoughts?

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Tech Talk / Re: Verizon 4G/LTE Smartphones
« on: September 09, 2011, 12:10:23 PM »
Dan I'm surprised, with your extensive overseas travel isn't a global-ready phone a necessity for you? iPhone 5 and Nexus Prime are both rumored to be global-ready so that makes the decision for me.

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Tech Talk / Re: Cheapest internet connection in Israel
« on: September 07, 2011, 10:19:45 PM »
Don't know if you travel often, but I can get you the following plan:
100 shekel for the SIM (can be paid upfront or over 36mos @ ~2.9 per month)
25 NIS per month. NO CONTRACT
.29 per minute for the first minute of a phone call
.19 per minute after the first minute
.18 per text

Data
Blackberry unlimited data (optional) 75NIS per month
Iphone unlimited data (optional) 70 NIS per month

In addition new sign ups are eligible for the following "Extra Plan"
50 shekel upfront (cash only). No monthly payment.
Extra plan goes as follows: for every month in which the bill total is 100 NIS or more, you get a rebate of 25 NIS the first 6 months, and 45 after 6 months.
Data plan fee counts toward 100NIS for extra plan, so you only need to talk/text 25/30 NIS more to qualify for the rebate

What carrier is this on? Is it a soldier plan or a regular one?

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Tech Talk / Re: blackberry sim or phone to use in israel?
« on: August 24, 2011, 05:38:10 PM »
Orange gave me a no commitment plan with a 36 NIS monthly fee, local calls .59/min, U.S. calls .39/min, and BIS Blackberry data 78 NIS monthly which can be added/removed at will with charges prorated according to number of days used. SIM card cost 100NIS at purchase.

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Tech Talk / Re: best blackberry for verizon
« on: August 09, 2011, 04:06:08 PM »
9930 *drool*

RIM will need a miracle to catch up, they might be too late with QNX...

http://www.bgr.com/2011/08/08/rims-first-qnx-phone-revealed-blackberry-colt-to-launch-in-q1-2012/

Seems like they will be. Releasing a single-core "super-smartphone" in 2012 is a joke.

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Tech Talk / Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« on: August 09, 2011, 03:59:47 PM »
@sky121

Not sure if its for any phone but prob.
You can keep the line open for the 25sheq and add/remove the data at ur will (rotten cust. Serv)

Not sure about Cellcom but with Orange I simply email them through their website to add/remove the data package. Funny how when its in writing they are oh-so-polite ::)

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There are 2 sides to every argument. In Delta's view, this will increase award availability by preventing Diamonds and Platinums from  making several bookings for each trip and cancelling the ones that they don't end up using with no penalty. As many posters on FT are openly admitting, this practice is widespread.

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Tech Talk / Re: best blackberry for verizon
« on: August 04, 2011, 08:42:46 PM »
I know you asked about current BBs, but if you can hold out till the new ones are out (Sept./Oct.) it will be well worth it

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904292504576484440516349116.html


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Tech Talk / Re: Android GPS for Israel
« on: August 04, 2011, 08:39:02 PM »
You should not use Ruming
My recommendation to anyone who comes to Israel
Sim Card take two hundred shekels, he gets:
Unlimited data
1000 calls every where
1000 sms every where
( Israel only )
3500 min to Cellcom


When u leave isreal , u just calling cellcom and canceling the plan

One can get this directly from Cellcom? What is the plan called?

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Tech Talk / Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« on: August 01, 2011, 01:01:42 AM »
Cellcoms "chaylim" plan is as follows,
25 sheq month voice, .29 first min, .19 second (prorated)
.18 sms
75 sheq BB + unlimited data @5mbps I believe
No contract
BB service can be added and removed as needed (a drop of a pain, like all customer service in israel)

Slight problem is that I am not a Chayal and in no way deserve rates which are offered specifically to soldiers.

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Tech Talk / Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« on: July 31, 2011, 04:42:27 PM »
Need advice please on a good plan with BB data for frequent travel to Israel.

Orange store in Geula offered a no commitment plan with a 36 NIS monthly fee, local calls .59/min, U.S. calls .39/min, and BIS Blackberry data 78 NIS monthly which can be added/removed at will with charges prorated according to number of days used. SIM card cost 100NIS at purchase. I went for it as I had no time to research, but can switch plans at any time.

Anyone know of anything better (and legitimate)? Would a contract plan make more sense?

Thanks in advance!

(P.S. I see on my online bill that of the 36 NIS monthly fee, 18 is listed as "monthly charge for rate program" and 18 as "surfing package 30MB." Shouldn't I be able to call and remove the surfing package and only pay 18?)

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Tech Talk / Re: insurance on new verizon smartphone?
« on: July 10, 2011, 03:14:38 PM »
IMHO insurance is not worth it in most cases. Many don't know this but Verizon allows you to buy a certified preowned phone if your phone is lost or damaged. The price is not much higher than the insurance deductible, and if you account for the $7 smartphone monthly premium you will probably come out ahead by declining insurance and using this option if the situation arises. Insurance is anyway capped at 2 claims per year.

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