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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 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
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Author Topic: Cell Phones in Israel  (Read 852823 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5670 on: March 03, 2021, 03:12:27 AM »
I have seen all those working on 3g on Hot Mobile (besides Classic flip but prob bc they are mostly locked to tracfone). I think they use HSDPA+, golan uses GSM and not sure about TripleTell. (DPs are for Exalt VN220 & Wine UN220).
There got to be a device that works all over.
 How can one check? Those sites are not much help.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5671 on: March 03, 2021, 01:56:00 PM »
There got to be a device that works all over.
 How can one check? Those sites are not much help.
The phones mentioned all work here but wiithout 4g. Despite this they are currently being used by thousands. Lack of 4g is a non issue as they dont really support VoLTE and most of the chareidi population uses 3g Meushar phones (3g wasnt phased out here like in US). Assuming you arent looking for heavy data usage it should be fine. @Kosher_Cellutions is currently selling a device that would presumably work with LTE on Band 3.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5672 on: March 03, 2021, 04:20:00 PM »
The phones mentioned all work here but wiithout 4g. Despite this they are currently being used by thousands. Lack of 4g is a non issue as they dont really support VoLTE and most of the chareidi population uses 3g Meushar phones (3g wasnt phased out here like in US). Assuming you arent looking for heavy data usage it should be fine. @Kosher_Cellutions is currently selling a device that would presumably work with LTE on Band 3.
Wine2?
  It's not working on other carriers, got to find out who owns these phones to request it to be unlocked.


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5673 on: March 05, 2021, 06:47:03 AM »
Wine2?
  It's not working on other carriers, got to find out who owns these phones to request it to be unlocked.



I have a bunch of friends who bought the Wine 2 from US Cellular and were told that the phone is unlocked yet could not get it working with any carrier, tried all American and Israeli. Also I wasnt able to find anyone selling it with Band 3 enabled which is what you'd need in Israel, that seems to be unique to @Kosher_Cellutions
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5674 on: April 05, 2021, 11:33:12 AM »
Golan Changed their site!

I used to be able to reactivate my voicemail from the website, how do I do that with the new site?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5675 on: April 08, 2021, 11:54:18 PM »
Can an unlocked Alcatel Smartflip work in Israel with an Israeli SIM card?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5676 on: April 11, 2021, 04:57:48 PM »
Golan Changed their site!

I used to be able to reactivate my voicemail from the website, how do I do that with the new site?
Try emailing them. then wait 2 weeks
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5677 on: April 13, 2021, 03:16:36 AM »
I have a bunch of friends who bought the Wine 2 from US Cellular and were told that the phone is unlocked yet could not get it working with any carrier, tried all American and Israeli. Also I wasnt able to find anyone selling it with Band 3 enabled which is what you'd need in Israel, that seems to be unique to @Kosher_Cellutions
So which phone currently work there? Kyocera? Lg Exalt ? Un220?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5678 on: April 13, 2021, 03:19:33 AM »
  What's my best option to keep a number alive for call forwarding purposes, meaning port the number to another carrier to be able to store the number and have Call forwarding in use?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5679 on: April 14, 2021, 04:46:19 PM »
So which phone currently work there? Kyocera? Lg Exalt ? Un220?
Recommend buying one here. If you are truly commited to kosher go all in and buy a Meushar phone with the Hechsher. The Nokia ones are generally the best (ie Nokia c2, there are others). 3g here is alive and well, volte isnt such a thing. If you want quasi kosher (ie dumb phone with android can get apps) buy the Xiaomi Qin1s+. Known to the Israeli phone stores as GYOMI HaCHadash, Google is NOT your friend here, very little accurate info online.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5680 on: April 14, 2021, 04:53:01 PM »
Recommend buying one here. If you are truly commited to kosher go all in and buy a Meushar phone with the Hechsher. The Nokia ones are generally the best (ie Nokia c2, there are others). 3g here is alive and well, volte isnt such a thing. If you want quasi kosher (ie dumb phone with android can get apps) buy the Xiaomi Qin1s+. Known to the Israeli phone stores as GYOMI HaCHadash, Google is NOT your friend here, very little accurate info online.

 More than anything, don't need the apps and all. Care to have texting and calling.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5681 on: April 14, 2021, 06:41:40 PM »
What's the common plan ppl get these days for unlmt calling and texting , with an american number?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5682 on: April 14, 2021, 07:20:50 PM »
  What's my best option to keep a number alive for call forwarding purposes, meaning port the number to another carrier to be able to store the number and have Call forwarding in use?
With an Israeli number?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5683 on: April 14, 2021, 07:54:38 PM »
With an Israeli number?
No doesn't need to have.
Just a basic carrier that I don't have to pay crazy to keep my number alive while one's learning in Israel.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5684 on: April 14, 2021, 08:07:48 PM »
No doesn't need to have.
Just a basic carrier that I don't have to pay crazy to keep my number alive while one's learning in Israel.
google voice?