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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 #4815 on: June 28, 2016, 01:28:24 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
Thanks for this info! Is this going to happen to all golan users? When did this happen to you?  (Mine still works int"l.)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4816 on: June 28, 2016, 01:38:17 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....

It's under עדכון פרטים or Update Details.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4817 on: June 28, 2016, 01:39:18 PM »
Thanks for this info! Is this going to happen to all golan users? When did this happen to you?  (Mine still works int"l.)
After Shabbos (which was the 25th, their regular billing date). I just managed to sort this out today, as it's impossible to get someone on the phone outside Israeli business hours.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4818 on: June 28, 2016, 01:42:48 PM »
It's under עדכון פרטים or Update Details.
Thanks.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4819 on: June 29, 2016, 12:02:05 AM »
Credit card companies have better exchange rates then PayPal. The credit card companies themselves don't have the same rate. IIRC Master Card is better than Visa.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4820 on: June 29, 2016, 03:06:06 AM »
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.
Golan still does take non-israeli cc. only when you have a debit you cant pay with a non-israeli cc.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4821 on: June 29, 2016, 07:48:15 AM »
Golan still does take non-israeli cc. only when you have a debit you cant pay with a non-israeli cc.
That was what I was told last month. But this month the regular monthly charge didn't go through.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4822 on: June 29, 2016, 12:38:54 PM »
when you have a debit you cant pay with a non-israeli cc.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4823 on: June 30, 2016, 04:28:31 PM »
Anyone ever have luck on unlocking a straight talk wireless phone.. trying to unlock it so it can be used in israel on golan network ... when i put the sim in, it doesnt say anything about a code though but theres a message about service provider not found and my apn sertings are grayed out...?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4824 on: July 01, 2016, 12:17:50 AM »
Hey, I am sure this question has been asked, but cant find it. I am traveling to israel for a week, will have an iohone, whats the best way to get full service? is it via Kiosk? at the airport?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4825 on: July 01, 2016, 01:25:28 AM »
Hey, I am sure this question has been asked, but cant find it. I am traveling to israel for a week, will have an iohone, whats the best way to get full service? is it via Kiosk? at the airport?

Check the wiki. There are lots of options for sim card rentals.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4826 on: July 01, 2016, 06:39:20 AM »
That was what I was told last month. But this month the regular monthly charge didn't go through.
try a differnt one, before trying adiffernt one call the cc company and tell them of your travel plans (even if it works on other places in israel) DO NOT try any cc more then twice or esle it lock your account
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4827 on: July 01, 2016, 06:39:58 AM »
Check the wiki. There are lots of options for sim card rentals.
you can get it shipped to you in the usa
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4828 on: July 01, 2016, 06:44:10 AM »
Anyone ever have luck on unlocking a straight talk wireless phone.. trying to unlock it so it can be used in israel on golan network ... when i put the sim in, it doesnt say anything about a code though but theres a message about service provider not found and my apn sertings are grayed out...?
straight is verizon.....make sure its on GSM not CDMA if it still does this its an issue that you need to root the phone and play with it..... hours of work!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4829 on: July 01, 2016, 07:20:45 AM »
straight is verizon.....make sure its on GSM not CDMA if it still does this its an issue that you need to root the phone and play with it..... hours of work!
Yes, its GSM ... theres no work around...?  Why would it be harder to root than any ather phone?