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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). Pm yitzshpitz for more information.

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 #5325 on: May 01, 2018, 03:00:18 AM »
Probably be easier for him to go down only takes 5 10 minutes versus calling to activate it.
  For him to decide.
Do you guys by any chance know if it's only hot mobile which you can freeze or is Golan also be able to be frozen?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5326 on: May 01, 2018, 03:03:28 AM »
Thanks naf for the Sim!

Now can anyone guide me how to activate it? I don't have to go in to a physical store? They don't need a TZ or a copy of my passport? Thanks.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5327 on: May 01, 2018, 06:29:43 AM »
Davidka is closer and has more options.
What do you mean more options?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5328 on: June 05, 2018, 04:29:08 PM »
Is there any list any DO NOT DISTURB phone list that I can put my kosher numbers on? 

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5329 on: June 14, 2018, 09:39:44 AM »
Can anyone recommend a plan for a student going to Israel for the year?

I'm looking for:
 - unlimited incoming calls
 - 200+ minutes to USA
 - unlimited SMS local and to/from the USA
 - No (or small) data plan (not being used in a smart phone)
 - virtual US number if possible

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5330 on: June 14, 2018, 09:54:26 AM »
Can anyone recommend a plan for a student going to Israel for the year?



I'm looking for:
 - unlimited incoming calls
  • All phones have that.

 - 200+ minutes to USA
  • Most plans have that amount 250-500mimutes (Golan/HotMobile)

 - unlimited SMS local and to/from the USA
  • Don't think anyone offers that unless you pay a bit more to add that feature otherwise incoming is free and outgoing from Israel to the US and CAN is a few penny's.

 - No (or small) data plan (not being used in a smart phone)
  • You mean you don't care of it has data, if your going for a plan with texting so it's not a kosher phone so most probably will come with a bit of data.

 - virtual US number if possible
 
  • Golan offers that but you pay a few $ more for that per month.

   See bullet points.


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5331 on: June 14, 2018, 10:01:58 AM »
The wiki is so out of date, specifically the pricing with all the carriers as each carrier has different pricing and offers, each week something new.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5332 on: June 14, 2018, 10:03:55 AM »
You mean you don't care of it has data, if your going for a plan with texting so it's not a kosher phone so most probably will come with a bit of data.

Correct, I don't care if it has data. A little data is fine - I just don't want to pay for big data plans.

- unlimited SMS local and to/from the USA
Don't think anyone offers that unless you pay a bit more to add that feature otherwise incoming is free and outgoing from Israel to the US and CAN is a few penny's.

This has been the tricky one. I don't mind paying a bit more for it - I'm looking for a plan that lets me add it.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5333 on: June 14, 2018, 04:44:25 PM »
   See bullet points.
We used cellularisrael.com for daughter, they offer plans straight from the provider. So it's the cheapest price possible



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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5334 on: June 14, 2018, 04:53:18 PM »

That's what most yeshivah boys and seminary girls do, they will match up the plan to exactly what you want.
  But they will tell some ppl they don't offer texting plans as there officially a kosher store, unless you buy it online.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5335 on: June 15, 2018, 10:10:54 AM »
Anyone use the GolanUsa website lately?

I have ordered Golan sim cards from them in the past but when I tried to order today once I hit "submit" the submit button just disappeared and I did not get a confirmation on the order.


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5336 on: June 15, 2018, 10:25:43 AM »
I am Verizon customer here in USA. For my trip to Israel, Verizon offered me the $45 monthly plan with some limited calls, text and data. I am considering it instead of dealing with Sim cards. Does anyone used Verizon plan in Israel does it work well?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5337 on: June 15, 2018, 10:36:21 AM »
Anyone use the GolanUsa website lately?

I have ordered Golan sim cards from them in the past but when I tried to order today once I hit "submit" the submit button just disappeared and I did not get a confirmation on the order.

I emailed them and they confirmed they received my order, even though the submit button does not bring you to a confirmation screen.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5338 on: June 22, 2018, 03:31:19 PM »
Whenever I come to Israel I bring a cell phone or two for my nieces and nephew to sell and make some money off of...
What's selling well lately?
I know iphones generally sell pretty well. Any others that I can get for a good deal here that will make the most money?


Thinking of bring a refurb google pixel for $210 for resale... not sure how popular the device is there.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5339 on: June 25, 2018, 09:36:12 PM »
Will every unlocked iphone 7 work in Israel?
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