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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
Use code SUAVE10 for 10% off any order
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5160 on: August 13, 2017, 12:06:46 PM »


http://www.gsmarena.com/network-bands.php3?sCountry=ISRAEL

http://www.worldtimezone.com/gsm.html


2G looks like it would work, if Israeli network still supports 2G.
3G looks OK on 2100 band.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5161 on: August 13, 2017, 12:16:54 PM »


http://www.gsmarena.com/network-bands.php3?sCountry=ISRAEL

http://www.worldtimezone.com/gsm.html


2G looks like it would work, if Israeli network still supports 2G.
3G looks OK on 2100 band.
Thanks a ton.
Now just need to get a hold of a network for a decent price.
Doing a bit of price matching..(for a basic plan with text/talk, us number).
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5162 on: August 13, 2017, 01:08:26 PM »
Thanks a ton.
Now just need to get a hold of a network for a decent price.
Doing a bit of price matching..(for a basic plan with text/talk, us number).
Your best bet is probably Golan. see https://www.golanusa.net/

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5163 on: August 13, 2017, 05:16:58 PM »
Any idea if lg b460 would work in Israel with hot? No idea how to go about finding out
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5164 on: August 13, 2017, 05:23:45 PM »
Would any of you know if the T-mobile One plan works in israel? (meaning can I make phone calls there and receive phone calls? )any one have that plan?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5165 on: August 13, 2017, 05:34:49 PM »
Any idea if lg b460 would work in Israel with hot? No idea how to go about finding out
Based on http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-B460-true doesn't look good for 3g, 2g looks OK if phone is unlocked and if carrier still supports 2g GSM.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5166 on: August 13, 2017, 05:44:20 PM »
Based on http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-B460-true doesn't look good for 3g, 2g looks OK if phone is unlocked and if carrier still supports 2g GSM.
Thanks, I appreciate that you took the time!
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5167 on: August 13, 2017, 05:56:13 PM »
Thanks, I appreciate that you took the time!
Yup agree very helpful around here.
Appreciate his time.
(don't know if it means much to him but hit that like button. ;))
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« Reply #5168 on: August 13, 2017, 05:58:58 PM »
Yup agree very helpful around here.
Appreciate his time.
(don't know if it means much to him but hit that like button. ;))
I opened it in my browser just for that and for some reason there is no like button
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5169 on: August 13, 2017, 06:00:45 PM »
I opened it in my browser just for that and for some reason there is no like button
Happened to me a bunch of times, try refreshing your browser a few times.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5170 on: August 13, 2017, 06:04:16 PM »
Would any of you know if the T-mobile One plan works in israel? (meaning can I make phone calls there and receive phone calls? )any one have that plan?
t-mobile reps don't know from their foot to their elbow, at first the got me excited and had me believe that if I switch to the t-mobileOne plan I can call and pickup calls while in israel, and didn't believe that ,as it was only $40 more then the plan I have now which would have been very worth it, but got disconnected and had to speak to another rep who changed the story around with different amounts to Israel. Oh well, (I could have gotten away with at least one free month.) ;)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5171 on: August 13, 2017, 06:05:18 PM »
Yup agree very helpful around here.
Appreciate his time.
(don't know if it means much to him but hit that like button. ;))
Following @Freddie's example, that is what I use to feed my kids.  ;D
I've been waiting over 5 years with bated breath for someone to say that!
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5172 on: August 13, 2017, 06:06:18 PM »
Following @Freddie's example, that is what I use to feed my kids.  ;D
Then you will surly have supper for tonight, it's on the house tonight from me! 
hope that's enough for tonight's supper.  ;D ;)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5173 on: August 13, 2017, 06:46:45 PM »
Then you will surly have supper for tonight, it's on the house tonight from me! 
hope that's enough for tonight's supper.  ;D ;)
How'd you pull that one off?

Talk about MS!  ;)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5174 on: August 13, 2017, 06:53:25 PM »
How'd you pull that one off?

Talk about MS!  ;)

don't bring attention to it. The mods have been known to go back and take them away.

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« Reply #5175 on: August 13, 2017, 06:55:02 PM »
don't bring attention to it. The mods have been known to go back and take them away.
Supper has already been fed.  ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #5176 on: August 13, 2017, 06:59:46 PM »
Supper has already been fed.  ;D ;D ;D
Lol, there's no reason for dan to stop by in this thread he canceled his tlv flight! ;)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5177 on: August 13, 2017, 07:01:39 PM »
Lol, there's no reason for dan to stop by in this thread he canceled his tlv flight! ;)
He's not the only mod. And some of the others are known to be aggressive at times.  ;D
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5178 on: August 13, 2017, 07:15:53 PM »
Supper has already been fed.  ;D ;D ;D

I guess that means its time for me to finally meet you. Just got to go on a MO run first.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5179 on: August 14, 2017, 02:20:03 PM »
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