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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).

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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) There's a company that rents regular phones and sims Israelrentacell@gmail.com. Or call 267-388-9359 (they have free delivery in U.S!). Pm yitzshpitz for more about their one low rate for unlimited. There is also an American number option.

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
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5295 on: January 15, 2018, 06:27:39 AM »
My plans fell through and my sim cards for israel never ended up coming. Im leaving to israel tommorow and I will be staying in jerusalem right off of ben yehuda. Is there a golan or hot location somewhere near there where me and my wife can get sim cards?
Thank you in advanced!
Yes there are many places there which you can get service, (any phone store there can give you service).
 And regarding getting one in america you would be able to have it in your phone and have service when you land if that should make a difference,if you have data from your american phn plan then just use what's app calling..
 You live in baltimore?
I know in brooklyn there's many ppl you can get from, but if your leaving today then it might just be a bit to late.
   Just get one while your in israel the easiest way,and cancel it when ever you like, cost anywhere from 29₪+ (hot has I know a 29shekal plan with 10gb and to add calling to the US you would need to get a more expensive plan or add 1500 min for 15 shekal, not so familiar with golan or the other companies.
 Have a safe flight and enjoy. 
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5296 on: January 15, 2018, 10:57:53 AM »
Where do you live? Many places have pickup locally.
must be hard, but thats why i use the reliable places and by a few book

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5297 on: January 15, 2018, 11:11:07 AM »
must be hard, but thats why i use the reliable places and by a few book

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5298 on: January 15, 2018, 11:15:47 AM »
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Was wondering the same...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5299 on: January 15, 2018, 12:37:20 PM »
My plans fell through and my sim cards for israel never ended up coming. Im leaving to israel tommorow and I will be staying in jerusalem right off of ben yehuda. Is there a golan or hot location somewhere near there where me and my wife can get sim cards?
Thank you in advanced!
pm me.
I can add 2 numbers to my account and will pick up/drop off the sims for you.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5300 on: January 17, 2018, 12:33:25 PM »
Im traveling on vacation to Israel for a week I own an Orange/ Partner SIM  (bought in August 2017) I need local calls, data, and international calls. What's my best and cheapest option(s)?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5301 on: March 11, 2018, 03:28:06 PM »
I am traveling to Israel for Pesach From March 27th- April 11

Am I best off going with UnlimitedIsrael? Or can I get a cheaper sim card from an Israeli company?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5302 on: March 11, 2018, 03:56:29 PM »
I am traveling to Israel for Pesach From March 27th- April 11

Am I best off going with UnlimitedIsrael? Or can I get a cheaper sim card from an Israeli company?
if you can pick up in monsey, I have 2  Golan sims I can rent out
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5303 on: March 11, 2018, 04:17:52 PM »
I am traveling to Israel for Pesach From March 27th- April 11

Am I best off going with UnlimitedIsrael? Or can I get a cheaper sim card from an Israeli company?
try golanusa.com I was very happy with them

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5304 on: March 11, 2018, 04:45:00 PM »
I am traveling to Israel for Pesach From March 27th- April 11

Am I best off going with UnlimitedIsrael? Or can I get a cheaper sim card from an Israeli company?
If you'd like to pick up in Crown Heights, or if you would like me to ship, I have a couple of Golan SIMs.

I also have an option for 2 SIMs that share the same number, where only one of the SIMs has data, for a significantly lower cost than getting a totally separate second SIM that includes data and has a separate phone number. Incoming calls on shared number will ring on both phones, and phones can call each other with no problem. This can also work for someone that has a dumb phone and a tablet.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5305 on: March 15, 2018, 02:23:06 AM »
Going to Poland and then to Israel. What's the best/cheapest way to get DATA in both and calling in israel?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5306 on: March 18, 2018, 01:21:29 AM »
Going to Poland and then to Israel. What's the best/cheapest way to get DATA in both and calling in israel?
T-mobile in Poland and use whatsapp calling or Google voice , and then when in isreal open a Golan or hot mobile plan which cost very little. ( now the only reason to buy a rental sim from a member here is that you don't have to pay for the SIM activation fee.)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5307 on: March 18, 2018, 09:10:24 AM »
T-mobile in Poland and use whatsapp calling or Google voice , and then when in isreal open a Golan or hot mobile plan which cost very little. ( now the only reason to buy a rental sim from a member here is that you don't have to pay for the SIM activation fee.)

I wouldn’t rely solely on T-Mobile. I’ve had issues with them overseas many times. Extremely unreliable.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5308 on: March 18, 2018, 11:03:38 AM »
T-mobile in Poland and use whatsapp calling or Google voice , and then when in isreal open a Golan or hot mobile plan which cost very little. ( now the only reason to buy a rental sim from a member here is that you don't have to pay for the SIM activation fee.)
There are essentially 4 reasons to rent an Israeli sim in advance (not all apply in all cases).

1. Have an activated working sim upon landing.
2. Save the activation fee.
3. Avoid issues of inability to pay because you don't have an Israeli CC.
4. Access to grandfathered plans that allow UNLIMITED voice calls to the US.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5309 on: March 18, 2018, 12:19:33 PM »
There are essentially 4 reasons to rent an Israeli sim in advance (not all apply in all cases).

1. Have an activated working sim upon landing.
2. Save the activation fee.
3. Avoid issues of inability to pay because you don't have an Israeli CC.
4. Access to grandfathered plans that allow UNLIMITED voice calls to the US.

1. Sure is worth it for that reason alone.
2. Dont know why someone would pass up on the offer for avoiding the fees alone, without any other offers you have on your plan.
3.No need for a credit card for golan/hot worked fine for me without.
4.Yes very much worth it for that, as the quality of the calls are very clear compared to using Google voice for my outgoing and incoming calls. (Now the only reason to use Google voice is to allow others to call you on your American number while your abroad, and if you attach a 2nd email to your Google voice account you will be able to place calls in isreal while using your American number from which ever carrier you use, if it's not t-mobile them you might not be able to receive texts while abroad so it would need to be set up before you leave.)
   But yes i agree with you 100% no hassle of speaking to Israeli reps and having to close your phone plan after they leave, all taken care of for a few dollars by borrowing a sim like what your offering.
   I recommend it very much for one traveling.
 I have lent some Sims over the year to a few freinds and they were extremely happy with paying only a quarter of what they would have paid( or Better free as of now as I never gave them the bill for the 2 phones they borrowed.)
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