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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 #1460 on: January 21, 2013, 03:06:24 PM »
Hot have updated their plan. Its now ever better for us living here. They now include home internet, plus the unlimited cellphone plan, for 10 shekel first four month (porting) than 100.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1461 on: January 21, 2013, 03:25:31 PM »
Hot have updated their plan. Its now ever better for us living here. They now include home internet, plus the unlimited cellphone plan, for 10 shekel first four month (porting) than 100.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1462 on: January 21, 2013, 03:27:50 PM »
I knw a drop OT but still phones. Bezek is hanging my plan in 7 days from 129₪ to 179₪ for no real reason other than they want to. I called around 7 times the past two days and they keep telling me they will calla me back. Any advice to cancel/get a new plan
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1463 on: January 21, 2013, 03:28:35 PM »
I knw a drop OT but still phones. Bezek is hanging my plan in 7 days from 129₪ to 179₪ for no real reason other than they want to. I called around 7 times the past two days and they keep telling me they will calla me back. Any advice to cancel/get a new plan
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1464 on: January 21, 2013, 03:37:15 PM »
I knw a drop OT but still phones. Bezek is hanging my plan in 7 days from 129₪ to 179₪ for no real reason other than they want to. I called around 7 times the past two days and they keep telling me they will calla me back. Any advice to cancel/get a new plan

Cut them off from whatever method you're paying from.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1465 on: January 21, 2013, 03:51:00 PM »
Cut them off from whatever method you're paying from.
They might have his info... TZ

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1466 on: January 21, 2013, 03:52:44 PM »
They do.  That's why non of this really works for me :-(
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1467 on: January 21, 2013, 03:57:10 PM »
They do.  That's why non of this really works for me :-(

You have a real TZ?  :o
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1468 on: January 21, 2013, 03:59:01 PM »
US passport can also cause issues.

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« Reply #1469 on: January 21, 2013, 03:59:27 PM »
I meant passport and yes i have a tz too
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1470 on: January 21, 2013, 04:17:30 PM »
I meant passport and yes i have a tz too

The customs agents can really see bills left on passport? I figured only with parking tickets  :o
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1471 on: January 21, 2013, 04:20:50 PM »
I meant passport and yes i have a tz too
you dont, your meuchedet or BL is not your TZ.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1472 on: January 21, 2013, 04:39:41 PM »
you dont, your meuchedet or BL is not your TZ.

BL isnt a tz? my wife just got one for her work
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1473 on: January 21, 2013, 05:01:56 PM »
BL isnt a tz? my wife just got one for her work
the 770 number? Is not.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1474 on: January 22, 2013, 12:03:51 PM »
Questions re: Hot Mobile (for my upcoming trip using my famous (infamous?) DD El Al mistake tix!)

(I read through this entire thread and iPhone 5 thread, so please don't send me somewhere else. TIA)
FYI - I don't have TZ or Israeli CC (but from the thread it appears Hot still accepts US CC)

1) Any update on Talpiyot Hot store selling iPhone 5 nano SIMs on unlimited plan without TZ? That was never updated. Is Tachana Hot still not doing TZ-less plans?
2) @Jkhein recently mentioned that Hot only lets you freeze for 3 months, and you only get 1 freeze per year (assuming you downgrade to the 10 shekel plan after signing up for unlimited plan). If that's true, someone should update the wiki. Many people only travel to Israel once or twice a year, or even less, and are expecting that they can freeze their plan indefinitely (ex. I want to freeze for at least 10 months), until their next trip. If I'm misunderstanding, please let me know.
3) Anyone willing to lend their TZ number to make things easier? PM me.


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1475 on: January 22, 2013, 12:17:59 PM »
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1476 on: January 22, 2013, 12:25:58 PM »
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=24176.msg387494#msg387494

I'd rather use a real one from someone who trusts me. Don't want to hit up some random Israeli's TZ and inconvenience them.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1477 on: January 22, 2013, 12:46:23 PM »
I'd rather use a real one from someone who trusts me. Don't want to hit up some random Israeli's TZ and inconvenience them.

Read the thread. There are multiple ways to get a working TZ number.
Meuchedet numbers, for instance.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1478 on: January 22, 2013, 01:23:44 PM »
Read the thread. There are multiple ways to get a working TZ number.
Meuchedet numbers, for instance.

I don't have a Meuchedet number. I also don't want to come up with a random TZ when it could possibly be someone else's.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1479 on: January 22, 2013, 01:32:49 PM »
I don't have a Meuchedet number. I also don't want to come up with a random TZ when it could possibly be someone else's.
you must understand that somebody else would not want to give you theirs, especially if you can get a random.
Hot are getting tougher with giving without TZ, but online should be possible still.