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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 difficult. 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

 On Hot Mobile you can check how much data was consumed either by downloading the app or by texting גלישה  to phone number 530 from your hot mobile phone,you can as well try calling this number *6733.

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) Israel Rent-a-cell. Only 4 dollars a day for unlimited data! Other great deals are also available for students and monthly rentals!  Contact  atIsraelrentacell@gmail.com. Or call 914-336-4760 ( free delivery in U.S! Also last second pickup and delivery options available)

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

Author Topic: Cell Phones in Israel  (Read 928181 times)

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Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #120 on: January 24, 2012, 03:06:42 PM »
Ill have to try again next time Im there. Wish they had better customer service.

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I know everyone always complains about their customer service, but I have honestly had only very positive experiences in the past year, whether by phone, email, or in-store.
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Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #121 on: January 25, 2012, 12:33:22 AM »
So I'm going to Israel for 2 weeks (starting the end of february) I do not really need the minutes just for emergency but I would like unlimited data what's the best price I can get for that? (I already have a phone I just need a sim)
Hitech in Boropark located @13-47 has great int'l plans, they offered me $10 per day unlimited data, or $30 per week.
If you don't live in BP, then call them up they might b able to ship it to u.

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Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #122 on: January 25, 2012, 08:47:55 AM »
Hitech in Boropark located @13-47 has great int'l plans, they offered me $10 per day unlimited data, or $30 per week.
If you don't live in BP, then call them up they might b able to ship it to u.
It seems like the Orange Big Talk would be cheaper. And then you would own the Sim Card.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #123 on: January 25, 2012, 05:04:16 PM »
It seems like the Orange Big Talk would be cheaper. And then you would own the Sim Card.

That's ridiculously overpriced for just Israel. I'm assuming he means international that it works all over the world
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Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #124 on: January 26, 2012, 01:04:56 AM »
It seems like the Orange Big Talk would be cheaper. And then you would own the Sim Card.


I guess its because calling on this plan is very cheap like 10 cents all dest... Including incoming USA number.
Do you know how much orange charges for Web/talk local and USA?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #125 on: January 26, 2012, 08:36:12 PM »
So I'm going to Israel for 2 weeks (starting the end of february) I do not really need the minutes just for emergency but I would like unlimited data what's the best price I can get for that? (I already have a phone I just need a sim)
Travelcell has unlimited data sim cards for $5 a day and they can ship via ups

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #126 on: February 03, 2012, 12:05:00 AM »
....so what would be good option for SIM for blackberry for week in israel and UK? 

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #127 on: February 03, 2012, 10:21:05 AM »
....so what would be good option for SIM for blackberry for week in israel and UK?
in order to get the best calling rates in both places you are best off with 2 sims. an israel bb sim wont have free data outside of israel but a UK bb sim may have free roaming data. how long will you be in each place?

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Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #128 on: February 04, 2012, 07:37:00 PM »
Travelcell has unlimited data sim cards for $5 a day and they can ship via ups
I have a full day stop in Amsterdam on the way there and Paris the way back will this give me unlimited data in those places fire the same $5

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #129 on: February 04, 2012, 07:51:54 PM »
....so what would be good option for SIM for blackberry for week in israel and UK? 

travelcell in ny?

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Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #130 on: February 04, 2012, 08:05:18 PM »
I have a full day stop in Amsterdam on the way there and Paris the way back will this give me unlimited data in those places fire the same $5

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The UK bb sim will give you unlimted data in both places but you wouldn't want to use it for calls in israel
Its probably best to take a sim for a bb with unlimited data and take a separate israel phones for calls while in israel.


travelcell in ny?
Yes Travelcell in ny.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #131 on: February 06, 2012, 11:26:32 PM »
in order to get the best calling rates in both places you are best off with 2 sims. an israel bb sim wont have free data outside of israel but a UK bb sim may have free roaming data. how long will you be in each place?
thanx  but isnt that lil complicated? where to get each?
stop over in UK only for the day so i guess not that important although would be nice to have internet

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #132 on: February 07, 2012, 10:26:24 AM »
thanx  but isnt that lil complicated? where to get each?
stop over in UK only for the day so i guess not that important although would be nice to have internet

if you dont need to make calls in the UK than just get an israel BB sim and avoid using in the UK. im not sure if im supposed to add links here but  you can easily find them.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #133 on: February 07, 2012, 02:58:02 PM »
if you dont need to make calls in the UK than just get an israel BB sim and avoid using in the UK. im not sure if im supposed to add links here but  you can easily find them.
thanx   talknsave?  why do i assume they are the most expensive always taking advantage of naive tourists and students

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #134 on: February 07, 2012, 03:22:25 PM »
i am referring to Travelcell

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #135 on: February 07, 2012, 04:59:28 PM »
thanx   talknsave?  why do i assume they are the most expensive always taking advantage of naive tourists and students
I would avoid Talk n Steal.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #136 on: February 08, 2012, 12:25:18 AM »
oh sorry  travelcell is better??


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #137 on: February 08, 2012, 08:23:27 PM »
I say go with travelcell. Oddly enough their homepage doesn't work at the moment but you can go directly to the Israel page

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #138 on: February 08, 2012, 09:02:31 PM »
and where would cheapest place just for sim and pay as u go?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #139 on: February 08, 2012, 09:06:53 PM »
You mean a prepaid carrier within israel?