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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 #4800 on: June 20, 2016, 08:09:19 AM »
If Golan charges on 25, and I activate the plan on 28 on June and then cancel it on July 15 - does it means that I do not need to pay for the 2 weeks that I have used?  :D

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4801 on: June 20, 2016, 08:15:51 AM »
You will only pay fifty for the SIM

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4802 on: June 20, 2016, 09:31:32 AM »
You will only pay fifty for the SIM
Is it true for any plan I signed up? even if I get unlimited calls/messages/data?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4803 on: June 20, 2016, 09:40:34 AM »
all golan line
golan always charges on the 25 for the upcoming month,

bythe why i wanted the sim working when i get off the plan so i ordered it from golanusa.net

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4804 on: June 23, 2016, 11:31:53 AM »
Golan Update
First of all Golan has signed a deal with Hot that they will be using their towers
Billing date change, From this month on Golan will no longer be billing prepaid but postpaid
This means in practice:

1. Near billing cycle - starting from the nearest Saturday -25/6 - goes to invoice customers with a fixed charge over the period from parts of the -25/6 until -15/7

For example, a customer track all inclusive premium will be charged in 66 ₪ incl provided instead ₪ 99 others.

2. In -15/7 extra charge cycle will begin using Fostfiid. At that time not charged regular customer

3. In -15/7 outgoing invoice exceptional charges - Uses beyond the package. These fees also are charged in -30/7

4. In -14/8 closed billing cycle may be charged to customers this month was + applications across package

5. If the client logs out period between -15/7 to -15/8 must apply for permanent relations debit

** And so on starting -15/7 month
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4805 on: June 23, 2016, 01:47:57 PM »
Golan Update
First of all Golan has signed a deal with Hot that they will be using their towers
Billing date change, From this month on Golan will no longer be billing prepaid but postpaid
This means in practice:

1. Near billing cycle - starting from the nearest Saturday -25/6 - goes to invoice customers with a fixed charge over the period from parts of the -25/6 until -15/7

For example, a customer track all inclusive premium will be charged in 66 ₪ incl provided instead ₪ 99 others.

2. In -15/7 extra charge cycle will begin using Fostfiid. At that time not charged regular customer

3. In -15/7 outgoing invoice exceptional charges - Uses beyond the package. These fees also are charged in -30/7

4. In -14/8 closed billing cycle may be charged to customers this month was + applications across package

5. If the client logs out period between -15/7 to -15/8 must apply for permanent relations debit

** And so on starting -15/7 month
Can you post this either in Hebrew or English.

I find it hard to understand what you wrote.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4806 on: June 23, 2016, 02:25:01 PM »
Can you post this either in Hebrew or English.

I find it hard to understand what you wrote.

+1
I would appreciate it, as well.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4807 on: June 23, 2016, 02:45:32 PM »
Can you post this either in Hebrew or English.

I find it hard to understand what you wrote.
thats google translate , sorry no time to translate properly
המשמעות בפועל:
1.      במחזור החיוב הקרוב החל מיום שבת הקרובה ה-25/6 יוצאת אל הלקוחות חשבונית ובה חיוב קבוע חלקי על התקופה שבין ה-25/6 ועד ה-15/7

לדוגמא לקוח במסלול הכל כלול פרימיום יחויב ב-66 ₪ כולל מע"מ בלבד במקום 99 ₪  וכד'.

2.      ב-15/7 יחל מחזור חיוב נוסף בשיטת פוסטפייד . במועד זה לא יחול חיוב קבוע על הלקוח

3.      ב-15/7 יוצאת חשבונית על חיובי חריגות שימושים מעבר לחבילה . חיובים אלו כן יחוייבו ב-30/7

4.      ב-14/8 ייסגר מחזור חיוב בו יחוייבו לקוחות על החודש שהיה + שימושים מעבר לחבילה

5.      ב
[/pre]מידה ולקוח יתנתק בתקופה שבין ה-15/7 ל-15/8 יחול עליו חיוב יחסי בעבור הקבוע

**וכך הלאה החל מה-15/7 חודש בחודשו

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4808 on: June 23, 2016, 05:28:52 PM »
https://golantelecom.co.il/web/news5.php

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לידיעת כלל הלקוחות, בהתאם לדרישת משרד התקשורת , החל מהחודש הקרוב (יולי 2016) גביית דמי המנוי משתנה ותעשה בסוף מחזור החיוב. מחזורי החיוב החודשיים שלנו יחלו ב-15 לכל חודש (במקום ב- 25 לחודש כיום), החשבון החודשי ישלח ב-15 לחודש שלאחר מכן ובסיום אותו החודש ייגבה התשלום. יתר תנאי ההתקשרות הינם ללא שינוי.
 
לאור זאת, באופן חד פעמי, מחזור החיוב שיחל ביום 25.6.16 יהיה מחזור חיוב מקוצר ויסתיים ביום 14.7.16.
בהתאם, החיוב בגין מחזור חיוב זה יהיה חיוב יחסי בלבד. החל מה-15.7 (מחזור החיוב הבא) החיוב יחזור להיות חיוב מלא במחזור חיוב חדש.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4809 on: June 23, 2016, 06:33:25 PM »
thats google translate , sorry no time to translate properly

Not sure where forum rules are, and if it's there, but posting Google Translate output should result in a temporary suspension IMHO  ;)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4810 on: June 26, 2016, 12:34:20 AM »
anyone have experience with using sprint free global roaming in israel? what network does it roam on? is the 2g internet fast enough for gps? thanks in advance!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4811 on: June 26, 2016, 01:21:18 AM »


is the 2g internet fast enough for gps?
Yes.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4812 on: June 28, 2016, 01:19:38 PM »
My Golan lines were blocked for Int'l calls due to what they claimed was a problem with my CC.

I called them, and they said they NO LONGER ACCEPT non-Israeli credit cards.

However, there is a workaround to set the recurring billing by PayPal, where you can use other Credit Cards.

I did that, and will share some points:

1. By default, PayPal will charge you PayPal balance, then linked bank account. You can choose manually a different funding method such as a linked Credit Card.
2. If you set Golan to do recurring billing using PayPal, you might want to control the future funding method as well as the currency conversion method. To do that take the following steps:
  • Log into your PayPal account from a browser (I don't think this can be done from a PayPal app)
  • Click on the gear icon on the top right (next to the log-out button) to set your profile
  • In the second Menu Ribbon on top (it appears in blue for me, but I can't guarantee that it's that way for all) click on Payments (or just go to https://www.paypal.com/myaccount/settings/payments)
  • Under "Manage Upcoming Payments" click on "Preapproved payments" (or just go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_manage-paylist)
  • Click on "Set Available Funding Sources
  • I see it only for certain cards, but if it's there for a card you want to use, you can click on "Conversion Options" where you can choose if PayPal converts to USD or your Credit Card co. I am guessing that the Credit Card Co. will give better conversion rates, but I might be wrong
  • Uncheck all funding options you DON'T want to use, and click SAVE
  • If you already have Golan listed there as a biller, you can click on it, to change the specifics for that biller under "backup funding source" after you click on the biller
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4813 on: June 28, 2016, 01:21:26 PM »
My Golan lines were blocked for Int'l calls due to what they claimed was a problem with my CC.

I called them, and they said they NO LONGER ACCEPT non-Israeli credit cards.

However, there is a workaround to set the recurring billing by PayPal, where you can use other Credit Cards.

I did that, and will share some points:

1. By default, PayPal will charge you PayPal balance, then linked bank account. You can choose manually a different funding method such as a linked Credit Card.
2. If you set Golan to do recurring billing using PayPal, you might want to control the future funding method as well as the currency conversion method. To do that take the following steps:
  • Log into your PayPal account from a browser (I don't think this can be done from a PayPal app)
  • Click on the gear icon on the top right (next to the log-out button) to set your profile
  • In the second Menu Ribbon on top (it appears in blue for me, but I can't guarantee that it's that way for all) click on Payments (or just go to https://www.paypal.com/myaccount/settings/payments)
  • Under "Manage Upcoming Payments" click on "Preapproved payments" (or just go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_manage-paylist)
  • Click on "Set Available Funding Sources
  • I see it only for certain cards, but if it's there for a card you want to use, you can click on "Conversion Options" where you can choose if PayPal converts to USD or your Credit Card co. I am guessing that the Credit Card Co. will give better conversion rates, but I might be wrong
  • Uncheck all funding options you DON'T want to use, and click SAVE
  • If you already have Golan listed there as a biller, you can click on it, to change the specifics for that biller under "backup funding source" after you click on the biller
Simplest way is to have PP with no balance and no bank account (ie only card you want charged attached to account).
Who do you think you are fooling? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your Creator? Good luck with that.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4814 on: June 28, 2016, 01:27:35 PM »
Weird question. I can't find the way to change my payment method on the Golan website. My cc on file was cancelled so I sorta need to change it....