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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
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5595 on: November 15, 2019, 04:49:53 AM »
A Friend was charged 1900 shek for going over his minutes (300)5.80 for every min.!!
its a plan from cellcom so they have his passport info...
they don't want to negotiate  it.
is it worth disputing with amex? or they will make an ikuv yitziya?
Lesson never give your passport, only your license, or say I have my license and here's the numbers( make one up.)
 Yes a friend of mine had the same issue and disputed it with chase. He got his money back.
 He explained how he did make the phone calls or he said he didn't, don't remember.
 He did say how the Israeli company is out to get the tourist and allow them to continue talking on the phone even after being charged X amount of money, and they don't care.
 They won't send a text warning you went over, nor put a block or offer a service to block over the amount so you don't have to pay and worry about going over, the company is quite sly and they know that an average tourist will go over by a lot.
 Just use some basic reasoning to explain why it's not supposed to be charged and dispute it.
 Good luck.
 Btw was this a regular phone plan? If yes why didn't that use GV?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5596 on: November 15, 2019, 04:59:25 AM »
Lesson never give your passport, only your license, or say I have my license and here's the numbers( make one up.)
 Yes a friend of mine had the same issue and disputed it with chase. He got his money back.
 He explained how he did make the phone calls or he said he didn't, don't remember.
 He did say how the Israeli company is out to get the tourist and allow them to continue talking on the phone even after being charged X amount of money, and they don't care.
 They won't send a text warning you went over, nor put a block or offer a service to block over the amount so you don't have to pay and worry about going over, the company is quite sly and they know that an average tourist will go over by a lot.
 Just use some basic reasoning to explain why it's not supposed to be charged and dispute it.
 Good luck.
 Btw was this a regular phone plan? If yes why didn't that use GV?
yes a plan hes has all year
will he have trouble leaving the country if he diputes it?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5597 on: November 15, 2019, 05:01:08 AM »
A Friend was charged 1900 shek for going over his minutes (300)5.80 for every min.!!
its a plan from cellcom so they have his passport info...
they don't want to negotiate  it.
is it worth disputing with amex? or they will make an ikuv yitziya?
Crazy, had that also, i moved to Cellularisrael CID, pay a little more each month but headache-free

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5598 on: November 15, 2019, 05:03:37 AM »
yes a plan hes has all year
will he have trouble leaving the country if he diputes it?
Thanks
Is he planning on heading home soon? You gatta use GV! That's the only thing I used. With my 29 shekal plan.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5599 on: November 15, 2019, 05:06:32 AM »
Is he planning on heading home soon? You gatta use GV! That's the only thing I used. With my 29 shekal plan.
for a few hundred shekels they are not gonna stop you. It's a whole  procedure...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5600 on: November 15, 2019, 05:42:08 AM »
for a few hundred shekels they are not gonna stop you. It's a whole  procedure...
why is it the Gov/ airports business what I do in the country with different businesses, it's between me and the business, and not between me and the gov.
 Unless a cellphone plan is really a thing there? And if you don't pay you..?
 I would tell your fine and should be ok, but don't rely on me vs finding a prior incident like this and look what the outcome was.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5601 on: November 15, 2019, 07:22:35 AM »
for a few hundred shekels they are not gonna stop you. It's a whole  procedure...
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They go to collections. Get a judgment against you, and once that's in the system you could be stopped at the airport (true for Israeli citizens, I'm not sure about non Israeli citizens).
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5602 on: November 18, 2019, 07:31:58 AM »
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They go to collections. Get a judgment against you, and once that's in the system you could be stopped at the airport (true for Israeli citizens, I'm not sure about non Israeli citizens).
you seem to be correct, he spoke to some people who all told him NOT  to dispute it...

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5603 on: November 25, 2019, 01:59:59 PM »
Golan question:
if I add a new sim card/number to an already existing account, are they going to charge me the foreign credit card fee again? The account already has my card and I already paid that fee.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5604 on: November 25, 2019, 02:31:31 PM »
Golan question:
if I add a new sim card/number to an already existing account, are they going to charge me the foreign credit card fee again? The account already has my card and I already paid that fee.
when you check out choose the option "use exciting payment" it wont

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5605 on: December 02, 2019, 05:42:49 PM »
With Hot Mobile I have a plan and added on extra minutes to outside of Israel, usually in App it shows how many minutes I have left but this month it is not showing. Anyway to check online how many minutes I left "in this package"?
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