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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 #1420 on: January 16, 2013, 01:04:44 PM »
Does anybody know which sprint android phone is unlocked and will work with an israeli sim?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1421 on: January 16, 2013, 01:07:49 PM »
its in my acct that i am using golan, but when i make calls i dial 001

Then that means you're doing everything right. Call 'em up if you're getting charged more.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1422 on: January 16, 2013, 02:23:47 PM »
ok, for Golan, which iphone version would be best? would others NOT work for Golan?

iphone5 versions available: (3 model numbers)

Cellular and Wireless
GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
Wifi: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

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Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1423 on: January 16, 2013, 05:46:04 PM »
ok, for Golan, which iphone version would be best? would others NOT work for Golan?

iphone5 versions available: (3 model numbers)

Cellular and Wireless
GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
Wifi: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1424 on: January 16, 2013, 05:47:27 PM »
Has anyone used a Golan sim in a Verizon GSIII?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1425 on: January 17, 2013, 01:58:07 AM »
i switched from orange cellphone and bezek home to cellcoms 350 unlimited plan with netvision. i conflicting info from them on whether i still need bezek for internet or bezek ben leumi. anyone know these things?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1426 on: January 17, 2013, 06:51:13 AM »
Does anyone know the cheapest now for the kosher phones? no need unlimited!

And would love that i should be able to use an old kosher/non kosher phone

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1427 on: January 17, 2013, 07:06:16 AM »
Does anyone know the cheapest now for the kosher phones? no need unlimited!

And would love that i should be able to use an old kosher/non kosher phone
the cheapest i have found was 49 shekel for 1200 kosher to kosher min and .09 agurot to non kosher

and if you bring ur phone to davidka thye might be able to get your phone working with kosher
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1428 on: January 17, 2013, 07:21:46 AM »
and if you bring ur phone to davidka thye might be able to get your phone working with kosher
it's a restriction on the sim. Try giving the orange guy at the desk a smile and ask if he can give you a sim that will work in any phone.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1429 on: January 17, 2013, 07:23:16 AM »
it's a restriction on the sim. Try giving the orange guy at the desk a smile and ask if he can give you a sim that will work in any phone.

interesting... oops  guess i learn new rhings every day :-)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1430 on: January 17, 2013, 07:43:59 AM »
I took some pics of some new offers on kosher phone plans from cellCON (for those interested).
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1431 on: January 17, 2013, 09:55:12 AM »
Orange has student and Chayal specials..

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1432 on: January 17, 2013, 01:29:08 PM »
Orange has student and Chayal specials..
not for kosher.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1433 on: January 17, 2013, 06:11:28 PM »
I'm getting kinda lost in all these pages. If I'm just traveling to Israel for 2 weeks, would It pay to get any such a plan, or just go with any of the Israel phone rentals?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1434 on: January 17, 2013, 06:14:23 PM »
I'm getting kinda lost in all these pages. If I'm just traveling to Israel for 2 weeks, would It pay to get any such a plan, or just go with any of the Israel phone rentals?

Look at rule #5 in wiki then look at Orange
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1435 on: January 17, 2013, 06:59:40 PM »
mmermss - Orange charges a 500 shek deposit for customers without a TZ.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1436 on: January 17, 2013, 07:02:05 PM »
mmermss - Orange charges a 500 shek deposit for customers without a TZ.

Correct...that you get back when canceling.

Dont need any TZ or Israeli CC...coming for two weeks dont think he has any of those
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1437 on: January 17, 2013, 07:09:05 PM »
mmermss - Or six months.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1438 on: January 17, 2013, 07:12:57 PM »
mmermss - Or six months.


I'm getting kinda lost in all these pages. If I'm just traveling to Israel for 2 weeks, would It pay to get any such a plan, or just go with any of the Israel phone rentals?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1439 on: January 17, 2013, 07:35:48 PM »

indeed don't have any of those, although I have family in Israel, so I can get it on their name. The only diff between with tz or without is the 500nis deposit? And do they ship to the us?