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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). Pm yitzshpitz for more information.

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 #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.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« 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 »
Nokia 105 RM-1135 Dual-Band (850/1900) Factory Unlocked Mobile Phone Black no warranty https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0172EEAQQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_YHEKzb5RHKNFT

Would this work in Israel?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5180 on: August 14, 2017, 02:25:31 PM »
Nokia 105 RM-1135 Dual-Band (850/1900) Factory Unlocked Mobile Phone Black no warranty https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0172EEAQQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_YHEKzb5RHKNFT

Would this work in Israel?
no, you need quad band
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5181 on: August 14, 2017, 02:27:10 PM »
no, you need quad band
thanks are there any you can recommend thatss available on Amazon
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5182 on: August 14, 2017, 02:27:58 PM »
Since the same question has been asked a few times, the best resource for checking frequencies and bands for both phones and various countries/carriers is https://www.frequencycheck.com/

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5183 on: August 14, 2017, 10:44:35 PM »
Since the same question has been asked a few times, the best resource for checking frequencies and bands for both phones and various countries/carriers is https://www.frequencycheck.com/
Is this not the same method of checking? 

https://willmyphonework.net/
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5184 on: August 14, 2017, 10:45:57 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.
Seems only the 2g would work.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5185 on: August 14, 2017, 10:47:50 PM »
Are the phone plans the same price whether i buy one here or in israel? 
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5186 on: August 14, 2017, 11:59:37 PM »
Is this not the same method of checking? 

https://willmyphonework.net/
Similar idea with a somewhat simpler design, but much less comprehensive.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5187 on: August 15, 2017, 10:00:48 AM »
Are the phone plans the same price whether i buy one here or in israel?
It would appear so from

https://golantelecom.co.il/web/

https://www.golanusa.net/

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5188 on: August 15, 2017, 05:12:41 PM »
no, you need quad band
You don't need quad band but you do need the band's Israel uses.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5189 on: August 15, 2017, 05:14:24 PM »
Seems only the 2g would work.
https://willmyphonework.net/
Just talk and text will be fine with 2g service.