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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

Author Topic: Cell Phones in Israel  (Read 694957 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4830 on: July 17, 2016, 10:04:59 PM »
Whats my cheapest option of a android phone that will work with golan not kosher sim?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4831 on: July 25, 2016, 12:03:31 AM »
I have an Iphone 6+ from verizon. Going to israel in 2 weeks for 2 weeks. How do I make it work and get unlimited everything and how much will it cost?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4832 on: July 25, 2016, 12:13:36 AM »
I have an Iphone 6+ from verizon. Going to israel in 2 weeks for 2 weeks. How do I make it work and get unlimited everything and how much will it cost?
Get a Golan Sim. If you activate it after the 25th and cancel before the 25th of the next month, it's free...
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4833 on: July 25, 2016, 12:16:20 AM »
Get a Golan Sim. If you activate it after the 25th and cancel before the 25th of the next month, it's free...
They changed the date, no?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4834 on: July 25, 2016, 12:22:24 AM »
They changed the date, no?
+1 around the 14th now

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4835 on: July 25, 2016, 12:22:49 AM »
They changed the date, no?
Still says 25th on their site. Idk in reality what it is now.

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With the Golan basic plan you pay a set monthly service fee of 99 NIS including VAT (approx.$27), if you use any service not included in the plan Golan will add the extra charges to your monthly bill.

Golan charges a one-time setup fee of 49NIS on the signup day, after you will get charged the monthly service fee of 99NIS on the 25th of each month for the coming month, Golan charges 49 Shekel any time you need to replace your sim card or change your plan. 

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4836 on: July 25, 2016, 12:28:12 AM »
Still says 25th on their site. Idk in reality what it is now.
I think on July 15th they were supposed to change to the 15th.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4837 on: July 25, 2016, 12:36:07 AM »
I think on July 15th they were supposed to change to the 15th.
+1 so I have heard

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4838 on: July 25, 2016, 01:35:26 AM »
I am going to london and I have the 99 sh. Plan. Can i call israel for free with it or to the us.  Can i get calls from israel on it. Can i sms or use the internet. What can i do without charge?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4839 on: July 25, 2016, 02:32:00 AM »
I am going to london and I have the 99 sh. Plan. Can i call israel for free with it or to the us.  Can i get calls from israel on it. Can i sms or use the internet. What can i do without charge?

Incoming calls are all free. Outgoing is free only to Israel. You get 6 GB of data.

If you want to call someone in the U.S., you could either use Google Voice or Hangouts, or create a Mispar Chinam for them.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4840 on: July 25, 2016, 02:37:48 AM »
thanks.  If someone in the us is trying to call me in London, can they call my virtual us number or only the israeli number?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4841 on: July 25, 2016, 02:49:47 AM »
thanks.  If someone in the us is trying to call me in London, can they call my virtual us number or only the israeli number?

Both should work.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4842 on: July 25, 2016, 03:29:02 AM »
I think on July 15th they were supposed to change to the 15th.
they changed the billing date to the 15th  AND NO MORE FREE DAYS its prorated
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4843 on: August 01, 2016, 12:22:26 PM »
Just looked at my Golan bill and realized that I had quite a bit of overage for SMS to the US.

I guess I forgot that outgoing SMS to the US are NOT included part of ANY of their plans.

Since a smartphone is not an option, and since WhatsApp is discontinuing support for Nokia phones in December (otherwise a Nokia 208 would have been a viable option) I am looking for a viable alternative to have my son send me SMS from Israel without incurring overages.

So far, I've found one DID provider that gives an Israeli DID that can accept SMS for $2 per month without any additional charges for incoming SMS. I've tried MisparChinam.com, but it doesn't get SMS.

Does anyone have any other good solutions for unlimited SMS from Israel to the US?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #4844 on: August 01, 2016, 12:29:22 PM »
Just looked at my Golan bill and realized that I had quite a bit of overage for SMS to the US.

I guess I forgot that outgoing SMS to the US are NOT included part of ANY of their plans.

Since a smartphone is not an option, and since WhatsApp is discontinuing support for Nokia phones in December (otherwise a Nokia 208 would have been a viable option) I am looking for a viable alternative to have my son send me SMS from Israel without incurring overages.

So far, I've found one DID provider that gives an Israeli DID that can accept SMS for $2 per month without any additional charges for incoming SMS. I've tried MisparChinam.com, but it doesn't get SMS.

Does anyone have any other good solutions for unlimited SMS from Israel to the US?
Do you consider a BlackBerry with WhatsApp a smartphone?
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