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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 freeprorated.(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).

Freedomhot.com - 2/19/2023 - They have local pickup in lots of major frum areas and delivery too. They accept US CC. Runs on Hot Mobile. Copying and pasting from their website.
All monthly plans include: Unlimited Calls & Texts to Israeli phone numbers Unlimited outgoing calls to USA and Canada and landlines to 33 additional countries.
Unlimited incoming calls and texts from anywhere in the world. Prices include all taxes.
59 Shekels - 70GB LTE Internet Data
79 shekels - 150GB LTE Internet Data
KOSHER - Voice Only - 64 Shekels
One-time SIM card fee: 49 Shekels
Optional: add a virtual USA number for $15 per month

Misc. Info
APN settings

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 SIM card or eSIM with calling and data. Also you can get SIMs for Israel Kosher phones!
Contact at Israelrentacell@gmail.com or WhatsApp 972-55-333-1234
Overnight or standard delivery in USA/delivery in Israel! Pickup locations in Lakewood and Israel.
* Unlimited calls and texts in Israel
* Unlimited calls to USA, Canada and landlines in 35 countries
* Unlimited incoming calls
* 70 GB of data (can add an extra 80GB of data)
* eSIMs available!
* Free voicemail
Student discount available, $29.97 monthly, including tax! Never surprise charges or hidden fees!

3) Cellular Israel - 072-224-3300 or 718-289-0195 Full Service - short term and long term, rent phones, Kosher phones, SIM cards, mifi devices, Waze by the day or month. American Customer Service!
info@cellularisrael.com

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 #5920 on: May 07, 2024, 01:17:32 PM »
2 options for you either you can transfer your plans to a cheaper plan on US mobile and forward your calls the thing with this is that when you call them back it will come up your american Israeli number
Or you can transfer your numbers to Google voice and use data calling data is very cheap in israel the issue with this plan is that when you go to the U.S. You'll have to use data calling also
For 2nd option simple solution is to get an American Israeli number to forward to. And will use the service vs data. Same in America use a paid service and forward GV to that number and now it's not using data.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5921 on: May 07, 2024, 01:19:29 PM »
We both already have GV numbers we use for other things so I don't want to go that route.

On the first option, what is the cheapest/best US carrier to use to continue to take and make calls to and from our US numbers, while in Israel? That's essentially the question I'm looking to answer.
Why not create a new Email and attach that GV to that account. I myself have a few GV numbers for different business. And can easily switch between the few accounts. They all ring 98% of the time.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5922 on: May 07, 2024, 01:22:15 PM »
Cheap easy way is to port numbers to GV ( 2 Separate accounts) and assuming you have a smartphone you can have the phone ring when someone calls the GV number.  You'll need data for that as GV is running off data. So any Israeli plan with data will be fine. And the same when you return to America. Any plan with data will suffice for you to be able to answer phone calls.
   Now should you feel that the calls are not ringing properly you can forward all calls to an American/Israeli number. Meaning you'll want to get an American number attached to your Israeli number which you can forward your GV to.  Now when someone calls it will ring directly on your Israeli sim. Which will use talk vs data and probably a tad clearer. And you have the option of returning people's calls through the GV app which will have the caller ID as the number attached to your business or your American/Israeli number.

 Option 2 is to use message plus or Tmobile digits where you can call and receive calls from the app while abroad.
 While that will require you have an active T-Mobile plan running in the US to make use of that and you can even text from that phone in Israel as Tmobile has free texting internationally, or use Tmobile digits on any device(it's an app.)

  There used to be an option with outbound caller ID with GV where you can set your paid service provider for example Tmobile number as the outbound caller ID on GV and make calls from GV which will show the Tmobile number.
  Back in the day when I was learning in Israel I had a Tmobile phone plan back in America. I set up outbound caller ID in my GV app so when making calls using my GV it would show up as my American Tmobile number and then forwarded all my calls from my Tmobile number to my GV number while abroad so I had all the functions while away. And even had a 2nd phone with my Tmobile sim which allowed me to text. But that's outdated, now that they have Tmobile digits app. And the option to use GV with an American number connected to your Israeli number.

  Back in the day when you were able to use Poly obi you were able to have the landline with that number in israel. Not so familiar with what's avlb if you want to go that route.
 Even if you wanted to get a landline you'll have to see what will work when In israel. Lots of cheap landlines options out there with VOIP.

Thank you this is helpful. With T-Mobile Digits, do you need an international plan in order to use that? Or I can port my VZW number over to Tmobile on a basic Tmobile plan, and still use the Digits app with my Israeli data to make and receive calls on my US tmobile number?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5923 on: May 07, 2024, 01:28:14 PM »
Thank you this is helpful. With T-Mobile Digits, do you need an international plan in order to use that? Or I can port my VZW number over to Tmobile on a basic Tmobile plan, and still use the Digits app with my Israeli data to make and receive calls on my US tmobile number?
Correct, you do not need any international phone plan. I have a basic 1st responder plan for $20 Unlmtd which I use all the time when traveling to Canada, Isreal and alike. Difference is in Canada everything works, but in israel only data and text. But yes I usually buy an Israeli sim when I go and use Tmobile digits on my device to make and receive phone calls. Of course you'll need to set that up in the app to ring and ect.   Upside about that is you have a working number for when you come back to America. 
  Verizon has something as well. Message plus. Though my p2 has Verizon and didn't have enough patience to figure out how it worked. So can't vouch for that.
  I'm sure there's other options out there. Just offering what I know of. Not sure what a plan for tmobile would cost you. Though on the forum I remember some members selling some Unlmtd plans for $20/25 but they didn't let you port a number to it. So that may not work for you.  You'll have to shop it around to see what you can get.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5924 on: May 07, 2024, 01:37:22 PM »
We both already have GV numbers we use for other things so I don't want to go that route.

On the first option, what is the cheapest/best US carrier to use to continue to take and make calls to and from our US numbers, while in Israel? That's essentially the question I'm looking to answer.
You have the option of WiFi calling and txt in Israel on any american carrier as long as the option is turned on

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5925 on: May 07, 2024, 02:10:22 PM »
You have the option of WiFi calling and txt in Israel on any american carrier as long as the option is turned on

Thank you. I'm looking specifically for the best US/Israel 2 plan combo for someone who will be traveling back and forth and wants to be able to use both voice numbers as usual in the non-native country to that voice number.