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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 #2100 on: April 14, 2013, 01:33:34 PM »
The site? Yeah.

No, I meant to ask about US credit cards.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2101 on: April 14, 2013, 01:58:07 PM »
No, I meant to ask about US credit cards.

Yes, IME it hadn't worked for months unfortunately. Thankfully I got some accounts in before they changed it but now I need new Golan line and no way to go about it. Might have to open an Israeli cc.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2102 on: April 14, 2013, 02:13:10 PM »
Yes, IME it hadn't worked for months unfortunately. Thankfully I got some accounts in before they changed it but now I need new Golan line and no way to go about it. Might have to open an Israeli cc.

Are you sure its blocking the CC and not the TZ?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2103 on: April 14, 2013, 02:45:41 PM »
It says so in the wiki

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2104 on: April 14, 2013, 02:50:39 PM »
It says so in the wiki

No it doesn't. Note that I did write much of it.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2105 on: April 14, 2013, 03:23:37 PM »
It stopped working?
Company    Price    Sim    Talk/SMS    Web    Free Int'l    Signup Bonus    Israeli CC    Real TZ   Blackerry

Golan.99₪   39₪   Unlimited   Unlimited    53 countries 2 months free*    Yes     No          No


Please explain where I am misunderstanding...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2106 on: April 14, 2013, 03:25:57 PM »
Company    Price    Sim    Talk/SMS    Web    Free Int'l    Signup Bonus    Israeli CC    Real TZ   Blackerry

Golan.99₪   39₪   Unlimited   Unlimited    53 countries 2 months free*    Yes     No          No


Please explain where I am misunderstanding...

Oh that part. That I put in wrong by mistake though it may be correct by now.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2107 on: April 16, 2013, 02:24:08 AM »
i have the bb9650 with hot i use opera mini for web. i started having problums when i use opera then exit and make phone call opera won't work(or anything thar uses the web) till i reset it? anyone have this happen to them and how do you fix it
Does this have anything to do with the fact that I moved to the Mir neighborhood? Does anyone have hot and has problems with internet around the mir?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2108 on: April 16, 2013, 02:32:32 AM »
Does this have anything to do with the fact that I moved to the Mir neighborhood? Does anyone have hot and has problems with internet around the mir?
no, works great.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2109 on: April 16, 2013, 03:54:49 PM »
Does this have anything to do with the fact that I moved to the Mir neighborhood? Does anyone have hot and has problems with internet around the mir?
Back it up and try a reset

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2110 on: April 16, 2013, 04:16:36 PM »
I got a phone from orange. I put the 500 shek deposit on my SP (mistake) and put the contract on my Amex Plat.
 
I never got charged for the contract and I cancelled the plan within 30 days. Orange told me that they will refund the Amex and the credit will show within 2 weeks.

So basically the credit never showed (HUCAed Orange a bunch of times) and it was time to cancel my Amex. So I cancel my Amex and disputed the 500 shek charge with my SP.

Now chase just called me and said the merchant said I never cancelled my plan and the 500 shek is for the services. Chase said the only way i can win, is if I have documentation

that the plan is cancelled and the contract that when I cancel I get back the 500 shek deposit.

I have no documentation at all.

What should I do?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2111 on: April 16, 2013, 04:19:54 PM »
Iirc and afaik you need to be on the plan for 3 months to cancel.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2112 on: April 24, 2013, 03:35:55 AM »
In short my friend ordered a replacement sim from golan for his bb they sent him a nano. Any ideas for a converter piece for the nano into a micro?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2113 on: April 24, 2013, 06:46:00 AM »
In short my friend ordered a replacement sim from golan for his bb they sent him a nano. Any ideas for a converter piece for the nano into a micro?
they have adapters

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2114 on: April 24, 2013, 06:58:42 AM »
That's the word i was looking for. Thanks
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2115 on: April 24, 2013, 08:55:49 AM »
rots - Every davidka store should have them.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2116 on: April 24, 2013, 09:23:56 AM »
rots - Every davidka store should have them.
thanks!!
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2117 on: April 24, 2013, 03:16:02 PM »
they have adapters
Yup actually just got one in the mail today I think I paid .99 on ebay.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2118 on: April 28, 2013, 11:53:22 PM »
will a verizon droid 4 work there? will i need a special app to get data to work?

is there a place i can get a (prepaid) sim card before i go?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2119 on: April 29, 2013, 01:11:17 PM »
I just unlocked my Samsung c 414 (bell) and it shows that it has service from orange (my sim card) but whenever I make a call or try calling my number I get  a busy signal. Can anyone help me with this?