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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: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #200 on: June 02, 2012, 05:31:08 PM »
Orange:

125 Shekel unlimited calls and texts
and data (I think 5 mb) but no international.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #201 on: June 02, 2012, 06:24:04 PM »
do you get a blackberry device with the plan or do you need to buy one?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #202 on: June 03, 2012, 06:38:27 AM »
need to buy one , but do you self a favor and don't buy it in Orange
the data plan on orange is Unlimited for blackberry .

anything can be done, i just matter of $ and the right connections .

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #203 on: June 03, 2012, 02:02:46 PM »
need to buy one , but do you self a favor and don't buy it in Orange
the data plan on orange is Unlimited for blackberry .



so far, is the orange 125 shekel the best deal for blackberry?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #204 on: June 03, 2012, 04:20:46 PM »
so far, is the orange 125 shekel the best deal for blackberry?
Just pointing out that if you use less than 500 combined minutes and SMS, then it's cheaper to go on the orange 25 agurot plan. Unlimited BIS data is another 39 NIS on any plan.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #205 on: June 03, 2012, 04:29:19 PM »
Just pointing out that if you use less than 500 combined minutes and SMS, then it's cheaper to go on the orange 25 agurot plan. Unlimited BIS data is another 39 NIS on any plan.

whats the add on if less than 500 min per month? shouldnt be an issue...but curious..thx for pointing out

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #206 on: June 03, 2012, 04:42:06 PM »
orange 25 agurot plan.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #207 on: June 03, 2012, 05:13:54 PM »
Please elaborate

i think its on their website

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #208 on: June 03, 2012, 11:31:09 PM »
Please elaborate
25 agurot per minute, SMS, and MB (data doesn't count with unlimited BIS add on)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #209 on: June 04, 2012, 07:38:24 AM »
, and MB (data doesn't count with unlimited BIS add on)

As in, unlimited data with BIS or only 1mb even with BIS??

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #210 on: June 04, 2012, 08:36:01 AM »
25 agurot per minute, SMS, and MB (data doesn't count with unlimited BIS add on)
Golan has 10,1(yes 1, not 10),10. No BB. My brother got a sim by ordering online. No TZ required
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #211 on: June 04, 2012, 11:29:26 AM »
I need a pay as you go plan like Orange's Talkman. They chanrge me 1 shekel per minute. HOT is 10 agurot per minute. Anybody get this plan without a teudat zehut?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #212 on: June 04, 2012, 04:34:59 PM »
My brother got a sim by ordering online. No TZ required

Can you ask him how? It says that its a mandatory field...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #213 on: June 04, 2012, 04:38:55 PM »
Can you ask him how? It says that its a mandatory field...
try passport or me'uchedet number

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #214 on: June 04, 2012, 04:45:49 PM »
Tried passport but it includes letters and don't have meuchedet  :(

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #215 on: June 04, 2012, 04:54:02 PM »
Tried passport but it includes letters and don't have meuchedet  :(
make up a number, 9 digits starting with 770  ;)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #216 on: June 07, 2012, 05:19:53 PM »
I am waiting to see someone get a normal bill at the end of the month.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #217 on: June 08, 2012, 04:06:23 AM »
Might not be SUCH a big breakthrough after all...
I heard on the radio today that they have been ordered to stop allowing free international calls untill they get proper licenses etc which they will not be allowed to get.
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000754444&fid=1725

might aswell stay with your old network provider for another 25 shekel a month.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #218 on: June 11, 2012, 06:23:33 AM »
I'm headed ti IL soon.. How do i figure out if I can use my cell with a Golan or Hot sim?

I currently have a Tmobile phone (not unlocked AFAIK).

Thanks.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #219 on: June 11, 2012, 02:13:51 PM »
I'm headed ti IL soon.. How do i figure out if I can use my cell with a Golan or Hot sim?

I currently have a Tmobile phone (not unlocked AFAIK).

Thanks.

You need to unlock your phone -- absent that, it will not work with any other carrier other than T-Mobile.