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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 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 790813 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5625 on: June 28, 2020, 10:46:21 AM »
Ime if you don't speak Hebrew they won't help you. I always gave over the phone to someone that speaks Hebrew when speaking to an Israeli rep

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5626 on: June 28, 2020, 10:53:39 AM »
Hot & not too good.
If my Hebrew was better then...?

You could fight them to death. They have a reputation for randomly charging 10k USD, etc.

I think Cellular Israel will call on your behalf for $15 and you can try emailing or getting a fluent hebrew speaker to call (just make sure he's a little tough) 

Worst case try a CC dispute
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5627 on: June 28, 2020, 10:54:15 AM »
I prob can dispute the charge but I hate disputing charges in Israel and I'd rather taken it up with the company themselves but they make themselves a pain to do with.....

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5628 on: June 28, 2020, 10:57:13 AM »


I hate disputing charges in Israel
Why?


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5629 on: June 28, 2020, 11:08:22 AM »


You could fight them to death. They have a reputation for randomly charging 10k USD, etc.

I think Cellular Israel will call on your behalf for $15 and you can try emailing or getting a fluent hebrew speaker to call (just make sure he's a little tough) 

Worst case try a CC dispute

I know someone who did a CC dispute and blocked them for continuing to charge. He got a letter in the mail to his yeshiva (in israel) from a law office saying he owed money.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5630 on: June 28, 2020, 11:14:24 AM »

I know someone who did a CC dispute and blocked them for continuing to charge. He got a letter in the mail to his yeshiva (in israel) from a law office saying he owed money.
same thing they had my ID number as 10000000009 I used the letter as toilet paper and told them to shove it

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5631 on: June 28, 2020, 11:17:52 AM »
same thing they had my ID number as 10000000009 I used the letter as toilet paper and told them to shove it
Same by him. Even his name was spelled completely wrong so he is not worried at all. FTR I some how had no issue canceling HotMobile with my broken hebrew.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5632 on: June 28, 2020, 11:20:02 AM »
Same by him. Even his name was spelled completely wrong so he is not worried at all. FTR I some how had no issue canceling HotMobile with my broken hebrew.
I'm still trying to cancel my x2one plan the last 6 months. I just blocked their charges

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5633 on: June 28, 2020, 11:36:43 AM »
Blocked charges is why companies started to only accept israeli cards.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5634 on: June 28, 2020, 11:42:15 AM »
blocking charges is a chillel Hashem and we all end up losing from it so many places dont take Internatl cc because of it. i emailed cellularisrael and for $10 they took care of it all....
so

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5635 on: June 28, 2020, 11:53:51 AM »
blocking charges is a chillel Hashem and we all end up losing from it so many places dont take Internatl cc because of it. i emailed cellularisrael and for $10 they took care of it all....
so
?!
They are a bunch of ganavim! My friend told them he's canceling, and they said ok, and continued to charge him. They have no issue signing you up if you speak english, but when it comes time to cancel there is no help at all.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5636 on: June 28, 2020, 12:11:48 PM »
blocking charges is a chillel Hashem and we all end up losing from it so many places dont take Internatl cc because of it. i emailed cellularisrael and for $10 they took care of it all....
so
That's my issue since disputing charges from a (probably) Jewishly owned company is not so pashut and and involves a possible גניבה while if I had to do it with a non jewish company I would not care as much....

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5637 on: June 28, 2020, 12:12:46 PM »
That's my issue since disputing charges from a (probably) Jewishly owned company is not so pashut and and involves a possible גניבה while if I had to do it with a non jewish company I would not care as much....
Are they jewish or euro/ chinese owned ?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5638 on: June 28, 2020, 12:18:53 PM »
Are they jewish or euro/ chinese owned ?
If there not Jewishly owned it would make my life way eaiser.
Anyone know and can bring some kind of proof?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5639 on: June 28, 2020, 12:52:40 PM »
If there not Jewishly owned it would make my life way eaiser.
Anyone know and can bring some kind of proof?
Its jewish owned.
Owned by French-Israeli Patrick Drahi.
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