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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 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

Author Topic: Cell Phones in Israel  (Read 802765 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1935 on: February 26, 2013, 03:42:23 PM »
How easy is it to unlock Lumia? would it work w Golan?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel - Golan phone
« Reply #1936 on: February 26, 2013, 03:50:08 PM »
read thru approx 500 of the posts..

so here is my q:
would like to use Golan, need to buy an unlocked phone that will work w Golan (or buy a locked one and get it unlocked)
1.  I am up to an upgrade of sprint - would sprint iphone 4 work, or since its CDMA and not GSM it will not work for Golan?

2  on Golan sites no listing of models, only makers, hard to decide what would be a good phone. - any listing for phones that would work with Golan? looking for smart and non smart. (3 lines to be used for a trip)

3. when buying ebay or cowboom/ swappa - what warranty do I have? its used phones, and no way to know how good till I get to IL and try. How can be better prepared for no issues?
paypal says only 45 days from pmt (too early to know, wont arrive yet) and only for ebay. not for others.
any credit card would protect from a bad phone if bot used? for how long?
most important, even if get a refund, will not have a phone, in case used is not great.

any thoughts?

4.  What phones does Davidka sell? for how much? can they activate Golan sim? I can send someone over before arriving.

5.  would the following be a good idea?
SVP Q70
Samsung SGH A157
IPRO i318?

6. read posts of issues of phone not rining, US connection issues - still true?

Thanks!
moish, where is best and cost effective to buy reliable quad band phone?
SO how can an ebay phone be tested for working condition while still in the US?

Any way to upgrade sprint w a new iphone 5 (eligible) that would work for Golan?

still hope someone can comment on samsung (new) a157 for Golan.

would a print iphone work with Golan?
concern w ebay: will activate phone only when arrive to EY, and only then can find out if its in great shape. ebay warranty has time limit, which may be before phone is take abroad. anSy suggestions how to get a good ebay phone?

would samsung SGH A157 work in Israel?
what would be customs if ship from ebay directly by mail (so someone can take to Golan and activate)
Thanks Brisker. I wish I went to Brisk...
;-)

in addition to my rental, want to buy aunt in EY a phone she can use with Golan.

Is Samsung C3312 a good option? will she enjoy it, or unless you go for the latest, its a waste?
Would iphone 3 by AT & T work?

Do I need a 4g or a 3g?

Thanks for all comments
She would use internet for news and emails.
cant all AT & T be easily unlocked?

price range? if possible something good in the $100 range would be great.

the $700 range answer I know...
sky, the nokia you included may have a better battery, but all say its not the original battery, and are used. $250 range.

What do you think of this, brand new, with original battery?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2666588&srkey=JEG-0096
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2077097&CatId=5117

$100 for the last one, original, brand new
chff, which network was it used with? how old? unlocked quadband GSM? Asking price?
Brisker, Mr Khine, All mavens - would the above work?
which provider?
so which one should I get? do they seem to have a sim?

which provider would they work with?

Many thanks
972, it worked for 2 days and thats it, not working anymore.

anyone else?
3g question:

3g includes
900/2100
850/1900
850/2100

which of the above does Golan use?
How easy is it to unlock Lumia? would it work w Golan?

I don't know how anyone has the patience to answer you anymore ::)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel - Golan phone
« Reply #1937 on: February 26, 2013, 05:14:23 PM »
I don't know how anyone has the patience to answer you anymore ::)
your catching up fast to our "witi nastiness" but yeah :-)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1938 on: February 26, 2013, 07:14:07 PM »
Yuneeq - I am alol! I wanted to post the same exact thing, along with a couple of PM's but... ;)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1939 on: February 27, 2013, 11:47:33 PM »
can s/o refer me where to rent a hotspot for a pesach trip to israel? Only need about a gig.  TIA

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1940 on: February 28, 2013, 02:24:17 AM »

Don't understand the question...

Mine works
what works? I dont think Golan lets transfer to a different number, CMIIW.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1941 on: February 28, 2013, 12:55:47 PM »
what works? I dont think Golan lets transfer to a different number, CMIIW.

I was saying that my misparchinam number still forwards to my GV number.
I don't understand how/why anyone would forward their Golan# using misparchinam.

ETA: I just became Lubavitch! :P

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1942 on: February 28, 2013, 01:04:32 PM »
Yuneeq - What's the big deal. Why can't one forward their IL mobile # to the MC #, and that to GV?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1943 on: February 28, 2013, 01:28:04 PM »

I was saying that my misparchinam number still forwards to my GV number.
I don't understand how/why anyone would forward their Golan# using misparchinam.

ETA: I just became Lubavitch! :P
I dont understand, what you do, or dont understand by now.
Yuneeq - What's the big deal. Why can't one forward their IL mobile # to the MC #, and that to GV?
as I said, you cannot forward calls from Golan.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1944 on: February 28, 2013, 01:44:36 PM »
Jkhein - 972sg212 said he forwarded his calls with orange.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1945 on: February 28, 2013, 05:32:01 PM »
Jkhein - 972sg212 said he forwarded his calls with orange.

+1 it works

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1946 on: March 03, 2013, 02:36:05 PM »
internet access for a lap top in israel for 2 weeks? best deal? no long term commit.


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1947 on: March 03, 2013, 02:55:16 PM »
internet access for a lap top in israel for 2 weeks? best deal? no long term commit.

Neighbor's WiFi.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1948 on: March 03, 2013, 04:31:07 PM »
Moish, is it usually easy to connect to?

what public places (hotels, terminals ) have free wifi?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1949 on: March 03, 2013, 04:59:14 PM »
Menucha - Wherever you can find it.