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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 883130 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4560 on: October 27, 2015, 07:59:39 PM »
back to the SIM card rental- how does Hot or Orange compare in cell phone coverage to Golan? I got quotes with same price for all three...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4561 on: October 27, 2015, 08:01:39 PM »
back to the SIM card rental- how does Hot or Orange compare in cell phone coverage to Golan? I got quotes with same price for all three...
Hot and orange have much better coverage then Golan

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4562 on: October 27, 2015, 11:42:49 PM »
Hot and orange have much better coverage then Golan
I like to line it up as

Orange = Verizon
Cellocom = At&t
Hot = Sprint
Golan = T - mobile
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4563 on: October 27, 2015, 11:44:20 PM »
This is off topic
 but -1 Verizon only started using sim cards  with 4g anything without 4g is cdma and does not have a sim card
Rrrrr.. I work in cell phone store... on something like that you won't catch me on.
The reason for the sim slot is for global usage, for example all the BlackBerry Bolds have a sim slot, yet they are NOT 4g phones; they are "Global Phones". Now just for your info, for some reason verizon put in a sim card (that does nothing at all, you can take it out and the phone will work fine) that does not make it a 4g phone. 
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4564 on: October 27, 2015, 11:52:02 PM »
Rrrrr.. I work in cell phone store... on something like that you won't catch me on.
The reason for the sim slot is for global usage, for example all the BlackBerry Bolds have a sim slot, yet they are NOT 4g phones; they are "Global Phones". Now just for your info, for some reason verizon put in a sim card (that does nothing at all, you can take it out and the phone will work fine) that does not make it a 4g phone.
Got it thanx for the info

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4565 on: October 28, 2015, 01:20:07 AM »
DDMS had an advertiser recently who had a great deal for an Israel cell rental if you are going for 2 weeks. Anyone remember this, and have more info that they can send me. Thanks
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/74285

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4566 on: October 28, 2015, 05:54:34 AM »
Cellular Israel offers phone rentals in Israel for $5 a day unlimited talk, text, DATA and unlimited calls to the USA. After 14 days the price drops to $4 and after a month you only pay $3 a day. Cellularisrael.com or call 718-289-0195

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4567 on: October 28, 2015, 05:55:10 AM »
Ok, new question.  My wife has a Sprint iPhone 4s which is LOCKED and they will not unlock it.  So...what is the cheapest 'dumb' phone that I can just rent for her to be able to be in easy contact with me on my cell phone?  No data or calling USA necessary...texting would be great though.
you can unlock through ebay usually.. will probably equal cost of new cheap phone
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4568 on: October 28, 2015, 05:57:40 AM »
Cellular Israel offers phone rentals in Israel for $5 a day unlimited talk, text, DATA and unlimited calls to the USA. After 14 days the price drops to $4 and after a month you only pay $3 a day. Cellularisrael.com or call 718-289-0195

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4569 on: October 28, 2015, 02:48:05 PM »
you can unlock through ebay usually.. will probably equal cost of new cheap phone
You cant; its not a code unlock.
Ok, new question.  My wife has a Sprint iPhone 4s which is LOCKED and they will not unlock it.  So...what is the cheapest 'dumb' phone that I can just rent for her to be able to be in easy contact with me on my cell phone?  No data or calling USA necessary...texting would be great though.
The mistake is you are asking them to "unlock" which is something sprint can't unlock a phone, They can "Unlock for international use" that is something they any rep can do.

But remember that to work for sprint you must have the 3 things;

1. Cannot know a thing about a phone
2. Can't know english
3. Cant say the same thing as the last rep said
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4570 on: October 29, 2015, 12:38:44 AM »
Any ideas for a under 200 smartphone that I can pick up in the us to use with my golan plan.
Where is the best place to purchase it.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4571 on: October 29, 2015, 01:56:16 AM »
Any ideas for a under 200 smartphone that I can pick up in the us to use with my golan plan.
Where is the best place to purchase it.
ebay just make sure it works globally

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4572 on: October 29, 2015, 02:24:15 AM »
Any lte Verizon phone should be globally unlocked. You can get for well under $50 in eBay.
Who do you think you are fooling? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your Creator? Good luck with that.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4573 on: October 29, 2015, 02:35:01 AM »
Any lte Verizon phone should be globally unlocked. You can get for well under $50 in eBay.
-.5 not all Verizon lte phones will work

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4574 on: October 29, 2015, 02:36:09 AM »
-.5 not all Verizon lte phones will work
Postpaid Verizon lte phones don't work? Which ones? Lte by definition is gsm. The ones that don't work are fake lte.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4575 on: October 29, 2015, 02:37:13 AM »
Postpaid Verizon lte phones don't work?
It's not that
 the bandwidth has to be compatible also
Lg lucid 2 for example

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4576 on: October 29, 2015, 02:40:24 AM »
It's not that
 the bandwidth has to be compatible also
That's with every phone. The phone should be globally unlocked. Now he has to Google which bands golan uses, and which bands that phone supports. Calling and texting usually isn't a problem, with data it starts getting tricky. (I'm using a Verizon phone on T-Mobile now with no problems, b'h. Band 4 seems almost universal.)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4577 on: October 29, 2015, 02:44:16 AM »
That's with every phone. The phone should be globally unlocked. Now he has to Google which bands golan uses, and which bands that phone supports. Calling and texting usually isn't a problem, with data it starts getting tricky. (I'm using a Verizon phone on T-Mobile now with no problems, b'h. Band 4 seems almost universal.)
By me it wasn't reading the sim
I spoke to Verizon and Golan and orange and nothing doing no matter what sim I put in it wouldn't read it (only the Verizon  one and Verizon said it was unlocked)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4578 on: October 29, 2015, 02:45:23 AM »
By me it wasn't reading the sim
I spoke to Verizon and Golan and orange and nothing doing no matter what sim I put in it wouldn't read it (only the Verizon  one and Verizon said it was unlocked)
Strange. It said not recognized, or said no sim detected?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4579 on: October 29, 2015, 02:45:45 AM »
Strange. It said not recognized, or said no sim detected?
No sim detected