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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)
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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.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1480 on: January 22, 2013, 01:37:52 PM »
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.

Going back to my original questions,
1) Can anyone confirm Hot Talpiyot sells SIMs and plans w/o TZ?
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.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1481 on: January 22, 2013, 01:54:56 PM »
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.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1482 on: January 22, 2013, 02:00:04 PM »
Going back to my original questions,
1) Can anyone confirm Hot Talpiyot sells SIMs and plans w/o TZ?
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.
question no. 1 was answered in the quote, that you quoted.
Whats question no. 2? That some should update the wiki? I'll do that later if I remember bln.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1483 on: January 22, 2013, 02:10:28 PM »
question no. 1 was answered in the quote, that you quoted.
Whats question no. 2? That some should update the wiki? I'll do that later if I remember bln.

Q 1 wasn't answered. It's been reported on the thread that Tachana Hot Mobile stopped TZ-less signups, but it hasn't yet been confirmed that Talpiyot stopped. On January 1, @MEIR613 said he would go to Talpiyot and update the thread. He never did.
Q 2 - I just want to confirm that the freezing policy for Hot that you mentioned is accurate. If it is, then A) It's misleading to say you can sign up and then freeze when you leave Israel, and B) it totally removes Hot from the discussion for Americans looking for unlimited service in Israel for a few weeks/yr. I was about to ask someone in Israel to go buy it for me but first I spent 45 min reading through the whole thread where I dug up this crucial piece of information!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1484 on: January 22, 2013, 02:26:20 PM »
Q 1 wasn't answered. It's been reported on the thread that Tachana Hot Mobile stopped TZ-less signups, but it hasn't yet been confirmed that Talpiyot stopped. On January 1, @MEIR613 said he would go to Talpiyot and update the thread. He never did.
Q 2 - I just want to confirm that the freezing policy for Hot that you mentioned is accurate. If it is, then A) It's misleading to say you can sign up and then freeze when you leave Israel, and B) it totally removes Hot from the discussion for Americans looking for unlimited service in Israel for a few weeks/yr. I was about to ask someone in Israel to go buy it for me but first I spent 45 min reading through the whole thread where I dug up this crucial piece of information!
Im not sure if with talpiyot they mean the malcha booth, but if yes than they would not allow me.
Question 2- if someone does not want to pay the $2.50 per month, than there is indeed not an option for him. And not just Hot, golan does not let freeze at all. (last time I checked over a month ago) so indeed, FREE, is hardly an option. (though, still better than any other country)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1485 on: January 22, 2013, 02:27:41 PM »
Im not sure if with talpiyot they mean the malcha booth, but if yes than they would not allow me.
Question 2- if someone does not want to pay the $2.50 per month, than there is indeed not an option for him. And not just Hot, golan does not let freeze at all. (last time I checked over a month ago) so indeed, FREE, is hardly an option. (though, still better than any other country)

Thanks very much. That's exactly what I was looking for!

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Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1486 on: January 22, 2013, 02:33:42 PM »
Unlimited Israel is offering Iphone rentals for Israel.
Our prices are all inclusive. $40 a week!
What you get is - an iPhone which you can call unlimited minutes (to national and international), unlimited text messaging in Israel and unlimited Internet data!
Reserve now by emailing us at unlimitedisrael@travelziip.com
If you would like to see what our costumers are saying about this service
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We also offer SIM card for iphone rentals, unlimited everything $30 a week.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1487 on: January 22, 2013, 02:56:33 PM »
Im not sure if with talpiyot they mean the malcha booth, but if yes than they would not allow me.
Question 2- if someone does not want to pay the $2.50 per month, than there is indeed not an option for him. And not just Hot, golan does not let freeze at all. (last time I checked over a month ago) so indeed, FREE, is hardly an option. (though, still better than any other country)
i understand, but what about canceling the plan? Is that possible or is there a fee for that?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1488 on: January 22, 2013, 03:00:41 PM »
i understand, but what about canceling the plan? Is that possible or is there a fee for that?
no fee for cancelling.

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1489 on: January 22, 2013, 03:12:17 PM »
Unlimited Israel is offering Iphone rentals for Israel.
Our prices are all inclusive. $40 a week!
What you get is - an iPhone which you can call unlimited minutes (to national and international), unlimited text messaging in Israel and unlimited Internet data!
Reserve now by emailing us at unlimitedisrael@travelziip.com
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Check out Facebook.com/Israelunlimited and look for recent posts by others.
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We also offer SIM card for iphone rentals, unlimited everything $30 a week.

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oh, and it's in the wrong thread

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1490 on: January 22, 2013, 03:14:10 PM »
You know how these nOObs work...

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1491 on: January 22, 2013, 03:14:57 PM »
And you can get a sim for 70ag per day from 012
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Re: Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1492 on: January 22, 2013, 03:19:02 PM »
And you can get a sim for 70ag per day from 012
what's that? I'll be in Israel from Feb 11 to the 17th what's the best to get?

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1493 on: January 22, 2013, 03:34:21 PM »
what's that? I'll be in Israel from Feb 11 to the 17th what's the best to get?
If you have a friend/relative that's Israeli, tell him to go into a Yellow store and pick up a sim for you (33 NIS (~$9)I think) and then you can activate and cancel anytime you want online. Currently it's about 70ag (~19 cents) per day for 3GB data, unlimited calling/texting in Israel and unlimited calling to US/Canada.
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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1494 on: January 22, 2013, 03:39:19 PM »
And you can get a sim for 70ag per day from 012
Whats included in that plan?

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1496 on: January 22, 2013, 04:07:01 PM »
If you have a friend/relative that's Israeli, tell him to go into a Yellow store and pick up a sim for you (33 NIS (~$9)I think) and then you can activate and cancel anytime you want online. Currently it's about 70ag (~19 cents) per day for 3GB data, unlimited calling/texting in Israel and unlimited calling to US/Canada.
what do you meant by a Yellow store?

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1497 on: January 22, 2013, 04:09:00 PM »
If you have a friend/relative that's Israeli, tell him to go into a Yellow store and pick up a sim for you (33 NIS (~$9)I think) and then you can activate and cancel anytime you want online. Currently it's about 70ag (~19 cents) per day for 3GB data, unlimited calling/texting in Israel and unlimited calling to US/Canada.
So its $6 a month for unlimited talk and txt?

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1498 on: January 22, 2013, 04:09:10 PM »
what do you meant by a Yellow store?
It's the convenience store in Paz gas stations
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1499 on: January 22, 2013, 04:09:14 PM »
no fee for cancelling.
so then whats the issue about yes or not being able to freeze service? Is it just for keeping the phone number?
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