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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 freeprorated.(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).

Freedomhot.com - 2/19/2023 - They have local pickup in lots of major frum areas and delivery too. They accept US CC. Runs on Hot Mobile. Copying and pasting from their website.
All monthly plans include: Unlimited Calls & Texts to Israeli phone numbers Unlimited outgoing calls to USA and Canada and landlines to 33 additional countries.
Unlimited incoming calls and texts from anywhere in the world. Prices include all taxes.
59 Shekels - 70GB LTE Internet Data
79 shekels - 150GB LTE Internet Data
KOSHER - Voice Only - 64 Shekels
One-time SIM card fee: 49 Shekels
Optional: add a virtual USA number for $15 per month

Misc. Info
APN settings

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 SIM card or eSIM with calling and data. Also you can get SIMs for Israel Kosher phones!
Contact at Israelrentacell@gmail.com or WhatsApp 972-55-333-1234
Overnight or standard delivery in USA/delivery in Israel! Pickup locations in Lakewood and Israel.
* Unlimited calls and texts in Israel
* Unlimited calls to USA, Canada and landlines in 35 countries
* Unlimited incoming calls
* 70 GB of data (can add an extra 80GB of data)
* eSIMs available!
* Free voicemail
Student discount available, $29.97 monthly, including tax! Never surprise charges or hidden fees!

3) Cellular Israel - 072-224-3300 or 718-289-0195 Full Service - short term and long term, rent phones, Kosher phones, SIM cards, mifi devices, Waze by the day or month. American Customer Service!
info@cellularisrael.com

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
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #140 on: February 08, 2012, 09:12:25 PM »
well the cheapest for week... i know kosher etc the cheapest...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #141 on: February 08, 2012, 09:16:43 PM »
Kosher won't have BB sims. If you just need a sim for 1 week than its easy to rent one. Not sure where u live but u can pickup the phone to save on shipping

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #142 on: February 08, 2012, 09:20:19 PM »
right gotya thanx  but lets say i jus want reg sim not for bb...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #143 on: February 08, 2012, 09:24:39 PM »
I only know the rental game. travelcell can rent you the sim without data service for 0.49 per day then yóu pay for the calls

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #144 on: May 15, 2012, 03:08:30 PM »
Israel is undergoing a revolution in the cell phone service market. Here's a brief summary of the fantastic new plans (no-contract):

Golan Telecom

9 NIS Plan
Shipping and handling: 39 NIS
Monthly fee: 10 NIS - includes: 60 min, 60 SMS, and 10 MB
Additional minutes: .18 NIS each
Additional SMS: .01 NIS each
Additional data: .09 NIS per MB

Golan Telecom Plan
Shipping and handling: 39 NIS
Monthly fee: 99 NIS - includes: unlimited calls, SMS, and data (throttled after 3 GB), Unlimited calls to 29 Countries (Only by dialing "00" or "+")

Countries included (landlines only):
England, Sweden,Spain, Portugal, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Germany, France,
Belgium, Austria, Hong Kong, China, ,Singapore, Turkey, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand, Ireland,
Ireland, Luxembourg, Australia, Vatican, Hawaii, Argentina, Taiwan

Countries included (landlines and cell phones): U.S.A., Canada


HOT Mobile

10 Agurot Plan
Shipping and handling: Free
Monthly fee: None
Call minutes: .10 NIS each
SMS: .10 NIS each
Data: .10 NIS per MB

Unlimited Plan
Monthly fee: 89 NIS - includes: unlimited calls, SMS, and data (throttled after 3 GB)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #145 on: May 15, 2012, 04:33:50 PM »
Can these phones be picked up ans were.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #146 on: May 15, 2012, 04:49:49 PM »
Hot is only begining service tomorrow at 8 am
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #147 on: May 15, 2012, 04:54:08 PM »
Israel is undergoing a revolution in the cell phone service market.
That's putting it mildly. Its in the front page of the newspapers and news cycles.

It appears the new companies don't have BIS though.

HOT has its own network complimented by Pelephones, whereas Golan is a virtual operator on Cellcoms. Pelephone is way faster data.


Btw, it is also possible to call abroad for a flat rate of 5 agurot by dialling 015. No registration is required. (Hallo.co.Il)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #148 on: May 15, 2012, 05:01:00 PM »
Btw, it is also possible to call abroad for a flat rate of 5 agurot by dialling 015. No registration is required. (Hallo.co.Il)
not from a cellphone, add on a few agurot.
But these new plans are indeed very very exciting, wonder if connection will be very bad with golan, and I have not yet found a phone number to contact them, so thats not yet the best sign.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #149 on: May 15, 2012, 05:02:48 PM »
not from a cellphone, add on a few agurot.
But these new plans are indeed very very exciting, wonder if connection will be very bad with golan, and I have not yet found a phone number to contact them, so thats not yet the best sign.

http://www.golantelecom.co.il/web/

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #150 on: May 15, 2012, 05:05:19 PM »
not from a cellphone, add on a few agurot.
But these new plans are indeed very very exciting, wonder if connection will be very bad with golan, and I have not yet found a phone number to contact them, so thats not yet the best sign.
Service should be the exact same as Cellcom, being as they lease their network.

Golan has 150 employees, and 500,000 people are waiting to get their service...
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #151 on: May 15, 2012, 05:09:56 PM »
and I have not yet found a phone number to contact them, so thats not yet the best sign.

Found a phone number after a bit of poking around their site....

How do I dial Golan Telecom's Customer Service Center from aborad? (their spelling mistake, not mine)

+972-58-5555858

The call to Golan Telecom's Customer Service Center from a Golan Telecom handsets only  is FREE

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #153 on: May 16, 2012, 01:51:33 AM »
so nothing with blackberry internet service?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #154 on: May 16, 2012, 05:37:43 AM »
so nothing with blackberry internet service?
A hot rep I called claimed they do have BIS. They are in the taachna mercazit until 22:00. DO anyone?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #155 on: May 16, 2012, 07:48:33 AM »
Newspapers have mentioned that a 1000 people could lose jobs in Israel in the phone industry due to the new pricing.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #156 on: May 16, 2012, 02:08:53 PM »
so nothing with blackberry internet service?
what do you looking for to rent or buy ?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #157 on: May 16, 2012, 04:04:47 PM »
Thanks guys!
I didn't know it was already discussed here.

I tried applying but I'm not Israeli and a תעודת זהות is a must... :(

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #158 on: May 16, 2012, 04:05:44 PM »
תעודת זהות = Israeli ID

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #159 on: May 16, 2012, 06:12:36 PM »
You sure you need an Israeli number? I got my Orange plan in a store last year I just gave them my American passport number without a problem, could have even made one up.