Topic Wiki

*=More info below
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
« Last edited by shmuelb on August 06, 2023, 12:48:30 PM »

Author Topic: Cell Phones in Israel  (Read 1419369 times)

Offline mmermss

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 4034
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
  • Location: Israel
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1440 on: January 17, 2013, 07:48:19 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?
Yes.
I really don't think so.
It's not about the quantity of your posts.  It's about the quality.

Offline menashe04

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Oct 2012
  • Posts: 203
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: NYC
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1441 on: January 17, 2013, 07:49:25 PM »
Ok. But if I can get a tz, then I guess orange isn't the cheapest choice for me

Online yuneeq

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jan 2013
  • Posts: 8921
  • Total likes: 4117
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 10
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: NJ
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1442 on: January 17, 2013, 08:13:51 PM »
Ok. But if I can get a tz, then I guess orange isn't the cheapest choice for me

Check out this thread.
Visibly Jewish

Offline menashe04

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Oct 2012
  • Posts: 203
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: NYC
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1443 on: January 17, 2013, 08:21:23 PM »
Check out this thread.
my tz isn't the issue, now I just need advice as to which co to use when all I'm going is for 2 weeks. Who's the best service for unlimited everything with data that I won't have an issue stopping after 2 weeks

Offline rots5

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 8000
  • Total likes: 27
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 17
    • View Profile
    • Custom Cakes for Every Occassion
  • Location: Monsey
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1444 on: January 17, 2013, 08:43:12 PM »
my tz isn't the issue, now I just need advice as to which co to use when all I'm going is for 2 weeks. Who's the best service for unlimited everything with data that I won't have an issue stopping after 2 weeks
i would suggest go with orange - even if a bit more. i have heard good things
If you have any questions please search and then ask. PM me for detailed help.

Offline Centurion

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2012
  • Posts: 1310
  • Total likes: 5
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York / Jerusalem
  • Programs: spg plat,avis pres ,hertz plat ,AAexcutime, delta plat,hilton gold, united
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1445 on: January 17, 2013, 08:44:55 PM »
i would suggest go with orange - even if a bit more. i have heard good things
+1
thats what i use as well (054)
you can only make a first impression ONCE

Offline menashe04

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Oct 2012
  • Posts: 203
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: NYC
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1446 on: January 18, 2013, 01:59:15 AM »
i would suggest go with orange - even if a bit more. i have heard good things
any opinions on golan and 012mobile? Also, are any of these companies useful for tethering?

Online yuneeq

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jan 2013
  • Posts: 8921
  • Total likes: 4117
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 10
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: NJ
Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1447 on: January 18, 2013, 03:25:13 AM »
any opinions on golan and 012mobile? Also, are any of these companies useful for tethering?
I am extremely happy with Golan over the past 6 months.
Visibly Jewish

Offline real-brisker

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 2425
  • Total likes: 15
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1448 on: January 18, 2013, 03:47:57 AM »
I am extremely happy with Golan over the past 6 months.
How is their CS?

Online yuneeq

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jan 2013
  • Posts: 8921
  • Total likes: 4117
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 10
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: NJ
Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1449 on: January 18, 2013, 03:54:57 AM »
How is their CS?
Not great, but slowly improving.
Though, I only needed them once, to explain me a feature.

CellCON, I had to call every other week, every time they scammed me out of more money.
Visibly Jewish

Offline MAJ

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: May 2012
  • Posts: 488
  • Total likes: 6
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: NY
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1450 on: January 18, 2013, 05:02:45 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?

Offline Jkhein

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 4612
  • Total likes: 17
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1451 on: January 18, 2013, 05:23:00 AM »
I took some pics of some new offers on kosher phone plans from cellCON (for those interested).
CellCON, I had to call every other week, every time they scammed me out of more money.
It's called Cellcom by the way.

Online yuneeq

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jan 2013
  • Posts: 8921
  • Total likes: 4117
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 10
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: NJ
Re: Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1452 on: January 18, 2013, 05:30:17 AM »
It's called Cellcom by the way.

It is cellCON. I just can't help myself. They stole tons, didn't close my account when they said they would, kept charging me for another couple of months. After an hour on the phone they said they'll return all the money they charged me after I left, they never did. Though they did continue to charge me. I finally cancelled the horaat keva I  was getting charged from so that's the end of all their stealing :(

They are just one big sham company set up to look like a cellular provider.

Best of all, they hang up on your face for no apparent reason after waiting half an hour and waddling through 50 menus.
Visibly Jewish

Offline Jkhein

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 4612
  • Total likes: 17
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
Re: Re: Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1453 on: January 18, 2013, 05:50:17 AM »
It is cellCON. I just can't help myself. They stole tons, didn't close my account when they said they would, kept charging me for another couple of months. After an hour on the phone they said they'll return all the money they charged me after I left, they never did. Though they did continue to charge me. I finally cancelled the horaat keva I  was getting charged from so that's the end of all their stealing :(

They are just one big sham company set up to look like a cellular provider.

Best of all, they hang up on your face for no apparent reason after waiting half an hour and waddling through 50 menus.
Oh I get you now  ;), yup they are the biggest con-men of all.

Offline Flying Fish

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 223
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1454 on: January 18, 2013, 01:00:29 PM »
+1
thats what i use as well (054)
+2, Orange is a bit more expensive but very reliable service and fast data, I never had any issues.

Offline Jkhein

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 4612
  • Total likes: 17
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1455 on: January 19, 2013, 04:23:12 PM »
anybody know any info, of which network gives free sms to international? (there is apparently)

Online yuneeq

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jan 2013
  • Posts: 8921
  • Total likes: 4117
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 10
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: NJ
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1456 on: January 19, 2013, 04:25:24 PM »
anybody know any info, of which network gives free sms to international? (there is apparently)

There are apps that do that. I never heard of any network offering free intl sms.
Visibly Jewish

Offline real-brisker

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 2425
  • Total likes: 15
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1457 on: January 19, 2013, 05:00:10 PM »
J - Why do you assume there is? I never heard of it.

Offline netzih

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2011
  • Posts: 816
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: California
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1458 on: January 20, 2013, 02:55:03 AM »
Not sure where to put this but does anyone know where I can get a sim card in israel from Feb. 11th to the 17th.
I mainly need data (bis is a plus). Though it would be nice to have some minutes too.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanx

Offline juda

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: May 2011
  • Posts: 159
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1459 on: January 20, 2013, 03:20:48 PM »
is anyone able to get me a hot mobile sim card for the 49 nis paln?
i live in NY dont have an israeli CC or ID willing to pay. if this one is working out ill probebly take a few of them

plan im looking to have is unlimited talk in israel and the US and unlimited data ( or a cap ) !