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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 #2060 on: April 09, 2013, 01:08:32 AM »
simpler way would be to not unlock it.

That's illegal. This is a loophole
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2061 on: April 09, 2013, 06:28:58 AM »
googled same. if AT & T locked into their software the more pricey models, would Nokia assist in reversing it?
any phone number for Nokia support in the US for under warranty phones?

if cant get internet, a much lower model would make more sense..

buyers, beaware!

in case Nokia cant resolve, what smart phones were you able to unlock and easily surf the web in IL?  (maker, model)

I am sitting on several brand new phones that are not doing what they are expected to do.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2062 on: April 09, 2013, 09:43:23 AM »
googled same. if AT & T locked into their software the more pricey models, would Nokia assist in reversing it?
any phone number for Nokia support in the US for under warranty phones?

if cant get internet, a much lower model would make more sense..

buyers, beaware!

in case Nokia cant resolve, what smart phones were you able to unlock and easily surf the web in IL?  (maker, model)

I am sitting on several brand new phones that are not doing what they are expected to do.

Sell em and buy an unlocked version or a different phone. 
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2063 on: April 09, 2013, 12:41:19 PM »
Hard to buy and sell from IL

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2064 on: April 09, 2013, 02:20:03 PM »
Sell em and buy an unlocked version or a different phone.

SKY, what reliable phone should I be looking at?
Had enough advantures.

best would be one that works with sprint US and a sim card for IL - Is there such an animal? looking at the new HTC, or anything.

Brisker, what can I get on ebay for unlocked?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2065 on: April 09, 2013, 02:34:08 PM »
Menucha - You gotta be more specific.
For starters; BB, Nokia, Android, iPhone, or Dumphone?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2066 on: April 09, 2013, 02:39:25 PM »
What about an unlocked Galaxy Nexus?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2067 on: April 09, 2013, 02:48:41 PM »
smart phone, can get upgrade at sprint, should be with sim and work with israel.

what can i get for unlockced brand new in box nokia in the US? Israel?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2068 on: April 09, 2013, 03:13:22 PM »
smart phone, can get upgrade at sprint, should be with sim and work with israel.

what can i get for unlockced brand new in box nokia in the US? Israel?

Sprint iPhone works in Israel after they unlock it for you.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2069 on: April 09, 2013, 03:18:55 PM »
which sprint has a sim? must have a sim to work with my IL provider

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2070 on: April 09, 2013, 03:21:47 PM »
which sprint has a sim? must have a sim to work with my IL provider

The Sprint iPhone has a sim. You just need them to unlock it for you for international use.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2071 on: April 09, 2013, 07:19:06 PM »
The Sprint iPhone 4s and 5 has a sim...not the 4. You just need them to unlock it for you for international use.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2072 on: April 09, 2013, 07:43:59 PM »
Pls help! I am about to board to Paris and i think its cheaper and easier to use my golan sim over my verizon. Now the prob, golans website is not connecting all day for me. I need to set up the phone for golan - APN numbers and the mmsm (something like that). Its under general>cellular (i think).

Pls someone post a pic or email it to me
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2073 on: April 09, 2013, 09:03:32 PM »
rots5 - No need to panic. ;). We got you covered in the wiki. Click on the "APN Settings" linky, scroll down and you should see Golan 3G and MMS settings.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2074 on: April 09, 2013, 10:03:32 PM »
Pls help! I am about to board to Paris and i think its cheaper and easier to use my golan sim over my verizon. Now the prob, golans website is not connecting all day for me. I need to set up the phone for golan - APN numbers and the mmsm (something like that). Its under general>cellular (i think).

Pls someone post a pic or email it to me

APN Settings
APN: internet.golantelecom.net.il
APN type: internet
MMS Settings
APN: mms.golantelecom.net.il
MMSC: http://mmsc.golantelecom.co.il
MMS Proxy: 10.224.228.81
MMS Port: 80
On Android, use the settings from MMS Settings and change APN to the APN from the Internet settings (internet.golantelecom.net.il). Change the APN type to "default" or "Internet + MMS" if that option exists.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2075 on: April 10, 2013, 04:57:45 AM »
I'm signing up for Golan now, anyone wants me to enter their number in the 'Friend Solicits Friend' field, pm me.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2076 on: April 10, 2013, 05:06:53 AM »
Edited the wiki. Golan's new offer of two months free.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2077 on: April 10, 2013, 06:34:41 AM »
Well just went into orange and said you can't cancel for first three months- can they do such a thing? (In wiki says there's no such thing as binding no?)

And called hot yesterday and went in person - seems to be only give bonus for 4 months now... Anyone have dif experience lately? 

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2078 on: April 10, 2013, 06:39:23 AM »
(And sim for orange is 88 not 90.. If makes a dif to anyone)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2079 on: April 10, 2013, 07:07:48 AM »
Well just went into orange and said you can't cancel for first three months- can they do such a thing? (In wiki says there's no such thing as binding no?)

And called hot yesterday and went in person - seems to be only give bonus for 4 months now... Anyone have dif experience lately?

You probably can cancel but they just won't give you their deal. Must be part of the deal terms. If your not lookin for 3-4 phones I would stay away from Orange.

The wiki is editable by anyone. If you find a mistake or out of date info, update it. If your unsure if its a mistake or out of date, update it anyways and post about it here. Deals change relatively quickly in Israel so it is common that info will be out of date on the wiki.
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