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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)

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 #4740 on: May 04, 2016, 11:53:25 AM »
Is the wiki still updated? It seems the best plan I can  get would be the Golan 99 shek plan (based on quality of service provided etc)..is that right?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4741 on: May 04, 2016, 10:13:47 PM »
Should have it as well. Which model?

I have the pre paid at and t phone that many have these days..

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4742 on: May 05, 2016, 12:42:08 PM »
I have Golan. Is there any way to get LTE service?

AFAIK Golan does provide LTE (though might not get it everywhere).
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4743 on: May 05, 2016, 01:43:08 PM »
AFAIK Golan does provide LTE (though might not get it everywhere).
Any idea on how to activate this? I only get H+
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4744 on: May 05, 2016, 02:07:01 PM »
Any idea on how to activate this? I only get H+

They say it should be automatic. It might be your phone (possibly using different bands) or the SIM card. When I had a Galaxy Note 2 I don't think I ever got LTE, and otherwise data was very sketchy. On an iPhone 6Plus (both phones being Verizon) LTE was working some of the time, but it really depended on location.

One thing you might want to try is delete the APN settings and reset them.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4745 on: May 05, 2016, 03:19:46 PM »
Any idea on how to activate this? I only get H+
Are you using a verizon phone?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4746 on: May 05, 2016, 03:50:36 PM »
Are you using a verizon phone?
Yes. A moto x
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4747 on: May 05, 2016, 11:44:00 PM »
Yes. A moto x

Where are you. IME Kfar Chabad didn't get LTE where I stayed (sometimes barely any data).

Other places I've been to were YMMV.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4748 on: May 06, 2016, 03:10:30 AM »
Where are you. IME Kfar Chabad didn't get LTE where I stayed (sometimes barely any data).

Other places I've been to were YMMV.
Ramat eshkol
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4749 on: May 06, 2016, 10:12:22 AM »
Ramat eshkol
Only in some places in Ramat Eshkol do I have LTE.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4750 on: May 13, 2016, 12:51:30 PM »
What is the best option for a kosher phone plan?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4751 on: May 13, 2016, 05:11:25 PM »
What is the best option for a kosher phone plan?

Do you need an international number too?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4752 on: May 30, 2016, 03:05:31 PM »
I'm looking for best deal on basic phone rental for Israel (2 month rental). I need the whole phone, not just a SIM.

I need unlimited calling in Israel and to USA and strongly prefer a company who can send the phone to my NY address before my flight so I have it for use as soon as I arrive in Israel.

Best deal I found thus far is $116 + $15 shipping = $131


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4753 on: May 30, 2016, 04:46:41 PM »
I'm looking for best deal on basic phone rental for Israel (2 month rental). I need the whole phone, not just a SIM.

I need unlimited calling in Israel and to USA and strongly prefer a company who can send the phone to my NY address before my flight so I have it for use as soon as I arrive in Israel.

Best deal I found thus far is $116 + $15 shipping = $131
Buy a phone for $20 on ebay + two month of golan at under $10 each + $13 for the actual sim + $15 for delivery = under $70

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4754 on: May 31, 2016, 05:53:06 AM »
I know cellular Israel is usually the cheapest and very good customer service. I heard that they are lowering their rental rate for more than one month.... give them a call