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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 retarded. 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 free.(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).

Misc. Info
APN settingsr

 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. Only 4 dollars a day for unlimited data! Other great deals are also available for students and monthly rentals!  Contact  atIsraelrentacell@gmail.com. Or call 914-336-4760 ( free delivery in U.S! Also last second pickup and delivery options available)

3) Cellular Israel - 072-224-3300 or 718-289-0195

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 #1815 on: February 12, 2013, 02:33:11 PM »
Don't worry it will be changed. But people can't just go and change the Wiki one after the other based on what they think. The Wiki should contain information confirmed by more than one person I believe. Hence my point to see if anyone was able to get a CC without having activity on their account as I was not able to. As of now, no one was.
I was, as soon as I started yeshiva. And when I got married I opened in a new bank, also without showing any prior records.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1816 on: February 12, 2013, 02:33:38 PM »
Don't worry it will be changed. But people can't just go and change the Wiki one after the other based on what they think. The Wiki should contain information confirmed by more than one person I believe. Hence my point to see if anyone was able to get a CC without having activity on their account as I was not able to. As of now, no one was.

Agreed. Info should not be put in a wiki if it hasn't been confirmed unless it is marked as such. But there are those that put such unconfirmed info in, without notifying anyone. So feel free to remove any info you don't think is true and update us.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1817 on: February 12, 2013, 02:38:50 PM »
Hence my point to see if anyone was able to get a CC without having activity on their account as I was not able to. As of now, no one was.
I was, as soon as I started yeshiva. And when I got married I opened in a new bank, also without showing any prior records.
I forgot to add that they only gave me a CC after about 2 years.
With a debit card and obviously activity.
I m lost... but that's ok. Nevermind

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1818 on: February 12, 2013, 02:41:11 PM »
I m lost... but that's ok. Nevermind

You're mixing quotes from lchaim and jkhein.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1819 on: February 12, 2013, 02:44:06 PM »
You're mixing quotes from lchaim and jkhein.
Now it makes more sense ;)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1820 on: February 12, 2013, 02:51:48 PM »
FYI most banks offer debit cards that can be used for these things (if it has a 16 digit number).For example I have a MasterCard Direct at the moment.)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1821 on: February 12, 2013, 02:54:09 PM »
FYI most banks offer debit cards that can be used for these things (if it has a 16 digit number).For example I have a MasterCard Direct at the moment.)
That's what I tried to ask them at Poalim but they told me such a thing does not exist... Asked for some king of prepaid debit cards as well and they told me no as well...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1822 on: February 12, 2013, 03:15:48 PM »
FYI most banks offer debit cards that can be used for these things (if it has a 16 digit number).For example I have a MasterCard Direct at the moment.)
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Networks who dont accept US cards, don't accept Debit cards.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1823 on: February 12, 2013, 03:16:38 PM »
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Networks who dont accept US cards, don't accept Debit cards.
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I remember seeing that on Golan or 012 smile website

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1824 on: February 12, 2013, 04:09:39 PM »
3 months in how long?
Not sure, I didn't ask because I don't want them to think I'll constantly freeze it. I'll try again after my next trip and see if they let me.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1825 on: February 13, 2013, 09:35:27 AM »
if I get a text from a 12 digit 972 number and I respond from a USA number, will that be an international text? anyone have experience texting from a US number to an Israeli number?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1826 on: February 13, 2013, 09:45:44 AM »
thetobster12345 - Yes. That is an international test.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1827 on: February 13, 2013, 12:41:46 PM »
Very helpful information on APN configuration. (all networks)

http://prepaidisraelisim.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=7

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1828 on: February 13, 2013, 08:13:48 PM »
thetobster12345 - Yes. That is an international test.

here's the funny thing, I called AT&T to make sure it would be an international text and they told me it wouldn't. I got the representative to promise me that if I got charged any fees for texting it then she'd refund all the charges. Looks like I get free texting to Israel until my statement closes

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1829 on: February 13, 2013, 08:15:32 PM »
thetobster12345 - Have fun fighting for your money back.