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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: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1520 on: January 22, 2013, 05:44:41 PM »
I don't understand, e/o I know that's been RENTING phones and sims from places in lkwd or brooklyn the past few weeks are paying around $7-9 a day and that's w/o a phone. So this guy is cheaper then the other rental places out there

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1521 on: January 22, 2013, 05:45:08 PM »
Ya, but $30 for just sim
some of the new guys hanging papers in the mir etc charge $4 a day, and he provides it to you in the US already.

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1522 on: January 22, 2013, 05:48:01 PM »
I don't understand, e/o I know that's been RENTING phones and sims from places in lkwd or brooklyn the past few weeks are paying around $7-9 a day and that's w/o a phone. So this guy is cheaper then the other rental places out there
some of the new guys hanging papers in the mir etc charge $4 a day, and he provides it to you in the US already.

Do you now understand.  I will rent u one personally for 30 for the MONTH when u get yr butt down here -  is that ok?!? Am i cheaper now?

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Re: Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1523 on: January 22, 2013, 05:53:58 PM »
Im not buying it. Sorry

There isn't any better choice for the average traveler not willing or able to figure out an Israeli plan.

Do you know any better plans?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1524 on: January 22, 2013, 06:08:34 PM »
I updated wiki with new info on the Hot plans. It has changed. (and no more free monthly plan now from them)
the other networks will be changing soon too, not to the better probably.
thanks! And is this plan also cancelable anytime without a fee? So I can take it just for a month and then stop?

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1525 on: January 22, 2013, 06:11:03 PM »
There isn't any better choice for the average traveler not willing or able to figure out an Israeli plan.

Do you know any better plans?
I will rent u one personally for 30 for the MONTH when u get yr butt down here -  is that ok?!? Am i cheaper now?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1526 on: January 22, 2013, 06:15:05 PM »
thanks! And is this plan also cancelable anytime without a fee? So I can take it just for a month and then stop?
yes.

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1527 on: January 22, 2013, 06:17:21 PM »
Do you now understand.  I will rent u one personally for 30 for the MONTH when u get yr butt down here -  is that ok?!? Am i cheaper now?

@jkhiem 2 more tues btw
Yup i know.
how will you rent one to him for 30 sh a month, you have spare?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1528 on: January 22, 2013, 06:19:24 PM »
Anyone have a spare Israeli number I can port?

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Re: Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1529 on: January 22, 2013, 06:20:30 PM »
Meh. It took me to long to post my reply so I didn't see his response first. Either way, my point is that there are no companies that are conveniently renting out cellphones for a price that's normal. I don't see rots as a big player in this market. 

Sorry rots :-[
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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1530 on: January 22, 2013, 08:50:18 PM »
Im not buying it. Sorry
diff is ur getting it in America, won't be without A phone in airport, and be busy with it once u get there. Not saying it justifies the price, but it's a lil more convienet.

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1531 on: January 22, 2013, 08:51:38 PM »
some of the new guys hanging papers in the mir etc charge $4 a day, and he provides it to you in the US already.
can u hook me up with a guy that will deliver in us?

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1532 on: January 22, 2013, 11:39:29 PM »
I actually used Tani's service recently and I have to say that it was great...its great to have a cell phone right when you land and the iphone had hotspot which connected my laptop and Ipad..In terms of the price, its not cheap, but you have to compare it to what other American companies are charging and not some roundabout method which doesen't include a phone. Don't get me wrong, there are ways to have a phone in israel for cheaper but to the average joe this plan is perfect... just me 2 cents

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1533 on: January 23, 2013, 02:53:42 AM »
A) I didn't realize there was no fee for cancelling. I took it as a given that there was.
B) Now that I think about it, it would be convenient to keep the number, but not crucial. If you have to pay for the actual SIM, it wouldn't be practical to buy a new one every time you travel to Israel. Unless you could use your old SIM over and over.
you can use the old sim over, but you will still have to pay the sim fee when opening the plan.

I tried to get around a sim fee when opening a plan, by supplying them with the sim, bit it didn't work. They said the fee is there regardless.

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1534 on: January 23, 2013, 03:17:45 AM »
I just was talking it over. Tiny, why would anyone rent from u? No offense, i can collect tons of ppls orange cellcom and so on numbers before they leave for good, and tansfer them over to golan and rent out for 12$ a week.... Why u so flipping expensive?!?
or go with Hots current promo- of  9.90 shekels a month!

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1535 on: January 23, 2013, 04:23:16 AM »
instead of arguing over it How about we either start a thread or a wiki with all the rental guys posting their prices and pick location etc. And let the customer decide

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Re: Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1536 on: January 23, 2013, 09:29:29 AM »
or go with Hots current promo- of  9.90 shekels a month!
how can u get this? In going for one week, my mother has a tz? Can I use it? Do u need a photo id to identify me as the tz holder?

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1537 on: January 23, 2013, 10:57:50 AM »
rots5, can you get me an iPhone in America so I have it the instant I land? Or how about a GPS so I can get from TLV to J-lem? Or how about internet so I can immediately reply to the last 12 hours of emails if there's anything pressing? Or how about a hotspot for my laptop so I don't need to pay for wifi at my hotel? Can you do any of that for $30 a month? I can go on and on. For a tourist who does not own an unlocked iPhone and/or a sim card, this is a phenomenal deal.

Granted the $30/mo for a sim is outrageous.
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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1538 on: January 23, 2013, 10:58:56 AM »
rots5, can you get me an iPhone in America so I have it the instant I land? Or how about a GPS so I can get from TLV to J-lem? Or how about internet so I can immediately reply to the last 12 hours of emails if there's anything pressing? Or how about a hotspot for my laptop so I don't need to pay for wifi at my hotel? Can you do any of that for $30 a month? I can go on and on. For a tourist who does not own an unlocked iPhone and/or a sim card, this is a phenomenal deal.

Granted the $30/week for a sim is outrageous.

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Re: Rent an iPhone for Israel $40 a week unlimited everything!
« Reply #1539 on: January 23, 2013, 11:00:05 AM »
Outrageouser.
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