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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 943044 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1960 on: March 09, 2013, 05:08:51 PM »
working for me now.

Mine's still off, it's probably to limit using too many minutes on toll-free US numbers. It never happened to me before and I never really called toll-free numbers before either...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1961 on: March 09, 2013, 05:10:16 PM »
Mine's still off, it's probably to limit using too many minutes on toll-free US numbers. It never happened to me before and I never really called toll-free numbers before either...
happens to me every so often. ESP when i call my dads biz. So i just called to see if i get thru...
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1962 on: March 09, 2013, 05:12:42 PM »
happens to me every so often. ESP when i call my dads biz. So i just called to see if i get thru...

So maybe because you call a lot, it happens to you more often. Just a guess.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1963 on: March 10, 2013, 12:55:20 AM »
Don't know about golan, but with orange I sometimes am not able to call toll tfree on first attempt, but on second or third try it works.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1964 on: March 10, 2013, 08:12:10 AM »
are these companies are good? no overages?

בשבוע שעבר: מבצע שובר שוק של YouPhone
בשבוע שעבר, חברת הסלולר YouPhone של קבוצת אלון מציעה מבצע לפסח: שיחות והודעות SMS ללא הגבלה וחבילת גלישה המוגבלת בנפחה ל-1 ג'יגה ב-10 שקל לחודש, למשך 3 חודשים למצטרפים דרך אתר האינטרנט של החברה וחודשיים למצטרפים דרך נקודות המכירה במגה ותחנות הדלק דור אלון.
 
הגדלת חבילת הגלישה ל-3 ג'יגה ב-YouPhone, תביא לעלות של 20 שקל בחודש. אחרי 3 חודשים, או חודשיים, המחיר יעלה ל-79 שקל בחודש. בכך, החברה ביטלה את המבצע שהיה לה עד כה למצטרפים חדשים: 39 שקל לחודש, למשך 4 חודשים.
 
המחיר החדש של YouPhone נמוך לעומת המבצע השני הכי טוב בשוק: המבצע של HOT מובייל. ב-HOT מובייל מציעים, בהצטרפות טלפונית בלבד, 29.90 שקל ל-4 חודשים עבור מסלול של שיחות, הודעות SMS ללא הגבלה, שיחות ל-31 יעדים נייחים בחו"ל (ושני יעדים סלולריים: ארה"ב וקנדה), גלישה סלולרית בנפח 3 ג'יגה וספק אינטרנט ביתי חינם: HOTnet. אחרי כן, המחיר מאמיר ל-99 שקל בחודש. קו נוסף: ב-9.90 שקלים בלבד.
 
החברה סיימה להציע את המבצע הקודם שלה, באתר HOT מובייל בלבד - 9.90 שקל לחודש ל-4 חודשים, לסלולר ללא הגבלה וספק אינטרנט ביתי. עקב כך, ב-HOT מובייל המחיר החודשי הממוצע לשנה עומד על 75.96 שקל לחודש במסגרת מבצע זה ואילו ב-YouPhone על 61.75 שקל לחודש (עבור 1 ג'יגה גלישה בהצטרפות דרך האתר) ועד 69.16 שקל בחודש (עבור 3 ג'יגה גלישה בהצטרפות דרך מוקדי המכירות). בנוסף, כרטיס סים עולה YouPhone 39 שקל מחיר חד פעמי שקל וב-HOT מובייל: 49 שקלים.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1965 on: March 10, 2013, 11:08:26 AM »
menucha - what is wrong with the other companies?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1966 on: March 10, 2013, 11:16:43 AM »
menucha - what is wrong with the other companies?

Yeh what's wrong with rots or cellphonesonddf?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1967 on: March 10, 2013, 11:19:07 AM »
menucha - those are not SPs, its a rental.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1968 on: March 10, 2013, 11:45:49 AM »
my post is about plans (rate for first 3 months, see above). not rentals, and can be cancelled anytime.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1969 on: March 12, 2013, 11:20:51 PM »
I need a sim for data while in isreal.
I would prefer if i could get one here in nyc.
Does anyone know where i could rent/buy 1 here?
Thank you very much

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1970 on: March 12, 2013, 11:22:21 PM »
Brit - sim - much cheaper to order there. you can order it now and have it waiting for you.

does anyone have issues with clarity of calls from mispar chinam?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1971 on: March 12, 2013, 11:26:53 PM »
Brit - sim - much cheaper to order there. you can order it now and have it waiting for you.
Details?
Name of company?
Prices?
 >:(

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1972 on: March 12, 2013, 11:30:49 PM »
Hots deal 10nis/4 months is gone now and back at 49nis/6months.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1973 on: March 12, 2013, 11:34:30 PM »
Details?
Name of company?
Prices?
 >:(
I would need the sim by thursday
I'm not familiar with the companies that have quality data in israel i'm looking for something worthy
As for prices that would depend if i rent or buy
Thanks
Brit - sim - much cheaper to order there. you can order it now and have it waiting for you.
I would prefer to have it when i land rather then driving in and picking it up

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1974 on: March 12, 2013, 11:37:50 PM »
I would need the sim by thursday
I'm not familiar with the companies that have quality data in israel i'm looking for something worthy
As for prices that would depend if i rent or buy
ThanksI would prefer to have it when i land rather then driving in and picking it up
I wasn't talking to you. I quoted menucha. S/he constantly posts very useless vague info.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1975 on: March 12, 2013, 11:41:39 PM »
I wasn't talking to you. I quoted menucha. S/he constantly posts very useless vague info.
Sorry
I'm not getting involved ;)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1976 on: March 13, 2013, 01:22:51 PM »
saver, sometimes you need to do your own homework.

smart brit, my suggestion would work only if you could wait till you go to pick it up. if you need it when you land, then pay US prices...

hi tech 2000 is a reliable Brooklyn vendor, can work over the phone and on line.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1977 on: March 13, 2013, 06:38:22 PM »
Thanks.
Would anyone know if orange big talk prepay has a data plan?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1978 on: March 18, 2013, 01:09:38 PM »
Golan Telecom offers NIS 200 if you sign up a friend


http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000830604&fid=1725

 The recommending customer will receive NIS 200 for each new customer for Golan Telecom's all-inclusive plan, and NIS 20 for new customer who joins the NIS 9 plan.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #1979 on: March 18, 2013, 01:20:25 PM »
Golan Telecom offers NIS 200 if you sign up a friend


http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000830604&fid=1725

 The recommending customer will receive NIS 200 for each new customer for Golan Telecom's all-inclusive plan, and NIS 20 for new customer who joins the NIS 9 plan.
must be active untill end of 2013 and you get the money in 2014.