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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
Use code SUAVE10 for 10% off any order

Author Topic: Cell Phones in Israel  (Read 883159 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4160 on: July 14, 2015, 03:27:24 PM »
I live in NY, and am going to order a 99nis Golan sim/plan.

It looks like golanusa, cellularisrael and golanisraelsim are my options for US orders and all three charge the same $15 for shipping.

Any suggestion on which to choose for best service (and able to provide some basic support while in Israel in case I have any problems with the sim setup)?

i don't know how much support you would get from Golanusa, i know Cellular Israel is good and i have no experience with Golan Israel Sims. Hope this helps.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4161 on: July 14, 2015, 04:34:00 PM »
i don't know how much support you would get from Golanusa, i know Cellular Israel is good and i have no experience with Golan Israel Sims. Hope this helps.

Golan USA is only kdai if you are going short term. If you are doing long term get from a regular golan dealer that will offer support etc.... I know celular israel offers english cs for a couple of bucks a month.....

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4162 on: July 14, 2015, 09:52:23 PM »
Golan USA is only kdai if you are going short term. If you are doing long term get from a regular golan dealer that will offer support etc.... I know celular israel offers english cs for a couple of bucks a month.....
You can get English support from Golan for $0 a month

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4163 on: July 15, 2015, 01:46:36 AM »
You can get English support from Golan for $0 a month
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If you'll need support you'll have to deal with Golan no matter from where you got the sim.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4164 on: July 19, 2015, 06:23:10 PM »
Is there any way to find out from Golan whether a particular phone is supported? I don't want to be in the situation that Aharon seems to be in.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4165 on: July 19, 2015, 06:36:32 PM »
Is there any way to find out from Golan whether a particular phone is supported? I don't want to be in the situation that Aharon seems to be in.
What phone is it that you want to know about?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4166 on: July 19, 2015, 06:36:37 PM »
Is there any way to find out from Golan whether a particular phone is supported? I don't want to be in the situation that Aharon seems to be in.
Which phone?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4167 on: July 19, 2015, 10:13:41 PM »
Can a virtual number with Golan receive text messages via the virtual number?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4168 on: July 19, 2015, 10:49:22 PM »
Can a virtual number with Golan receive text messages via the virtual number?
Meaning the American number? it does not forward to the Israeli number

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4169 on: July 20, 2015, 12:24:09 AM »
Can a virtual number with Golan receive text messages via the virtual number?
Yes.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4170 on: July 20, 2015, 01:40:55 AM »
Yes.
If I'm understanding his question correctly,
Meaning the American number?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4171 on: July 20, 2015, 05:08:15 AM »
If I'm understanding his question correctly,-1
no you cant receive text via the usa virtual number 
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4172 on: July 20, 2015, 05:09:10 AM »
no you cant receive text via the usa virtual number
His question wasn't about the USA virtual number.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4173 on: July 20, 2015, 06:18:32 AM »
His question wasn't about the USA virtual number.

Let me be clearer... If someone sends a text message to my virtual American number, will I receive it?
(I've understood from the above answers that I won't...)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4174 on: July 20, 2015, 06:30:49 AM »

His question wasn't about the USA virtual number.
Just curious, what did you think his question was?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4175 on: July 20, 2015, 06:39:15 AM »
Let me be clearer... If someone sends a text message to my virtual American number, will I receive it?
(I've understood from the above answers that I won't...)
Sorry I guess I didn't understand your question correctly.
Just curious, what did you think his question was?
I thought he was asking about the Israeli virtual number. Every golan number can have an additional 2 virtual Israeli phone numbers that you can get calls and txt on.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4176 on: July 20, 2015, 06:40:44 AM »

Sorry I guess I didn't understand your question correctly. I thought he was asking about the Israeli virtual number. Every golan number can have an additional 2 virtual Israeli phone numbers that you can get calls and txt on.
Aha, didn't know that-thanks!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4177 on: July 20, 2015, 10:03:16 AM »
What phone is it that you want to know about?
It's the Moto E, the prepaid Verizon version (xt1528). I found instructions on how to make it work on "any GSM network" (http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-e-2015/general/how-to-verizon-moto-e-2015-gsm-network-t3098953).
I sent an email to Golan and got the following answer:
The Golan Telecom network supports the following frequencies for SIM using phones:
2nd Generation - 900 / 1800 GSM
3rd Generation - 2100 HSPDA / WCDMA / UMTS
4th Generation - 1800 LTE
Please check that your device supports the above frequencies.

According to phonearena.com, these are the supported bands for the xt1527. The xt1528 has fewer LTE bands.
GSM:
    850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS:
    850, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz
FDD LTE:
    700 (band 12), 700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2), 2600 (band 7) MHz

So will it work?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4178 on: July 21, 2015, 04:12:58 AM »
I currently have Golan, and will be in the US soon for a visit.
What do I need to do to still be able to recieve calls on my Israeli number while in the US?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4179 on: July 21, 2015, 04:15:30 AM »
I currently have Golan, and will be in the US soon for a visit.
What do I need to do to still be able to recieve calls on my Israeli number while in the US?
In settings on your online account you have to have international calling on.