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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 #2080 on: April 10, 2013, 07:29:08 AM »
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.

1- they said this regarding reg 135 plan- no special bonus involved...
2- Is there a special for 4 phones- I may need a 4th and only saw deal for 3
3- why you against orange? Been with them for while -no complaints  and don't need anything Israeli (only new prob is 500 shek deposit IMO)

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.
Sorry , I actually tried but can't figure out how (now sow tech savvy)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2081 on: April 10, 2013, 07:30:12 AM »
article in economic paper announced that all specials are being modified to much lower bonuses since new comers reached their traget required by govt to get their deposit.

still much better monthly rate than before,but party is over. still very good.

If you use AT & T phones on isreal, and can get internet, can you please post which phone you are using?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2082 on: April 10, 2013, 07:56:27 AM »
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.

Sorry, put it into your quote (as you see not so tech savvy..)

1- they said this regarding reg 135 plan- no special bonus involved...
2- Is there a special for 4 phones- I may need a 4th and only saw deal for 3
3- why you against orange? Been with them for while -no complaints  and don't need anything Israeli (only new prob is 500 shek deposit IMO)


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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2083 on: April 10, 2013, 02:24:33 PM »
Edited the wiki. Golan's new offer of two months free.
yes. I would.  Am i to late.?

And i was only panicking bec my sim didnt work. But in the end the Internet didnt work all day. But phone did.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2084 on: April 10, 2013, 02:48:28 PM »
orange has 4/350

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2085 on: April 10, 2013, 04:50:20 PM »
And can you cancel whenever with orange? I heard Them say you have to wait 3 months

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2086 on: April 10, 2013, 07:28:12 PM »
Edited the wiki. Golan's new offer of two months free.

yes. I would.  Am i to late.?

And i was only panicking bec my sim didnt work. But in the end the Internet didnt work all day. But phone did.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2087 on: April 10, 2013, 09:46:24 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.
thanks. But its still not working. Says i jave to connect to a cellular network. Phone is able to call.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2088 on: April 10, 2013, 11:11:56 PM »
Is Data roaming enabled?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2089 on: April 11, 2013, 03:52:32 AM »
Is Data roaming enabled?
yes. I am having issues with all my electronics. :-(. Figured out my phone issues. Now my home Internet is not working. I have no idea who to even call now. Lol. I switched ISP and have no idea where im holding with these guys (bezek)
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2090 on: April 11, 2013, 08:58:15 AM »
Sorry rots, these companies don't like you ;).

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2091 on: April 12, 2013, 04:54:58 PM »
I'm in NY, and all day today, I can't get onto Golan Telecom's website.  I was just looking at the plans on their website yesterday.

Anybody else having this same issue?  Or is there some missing link in my internet connection???

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2092 on: April 12, 2013, 04:56:07 PM »
Can't seem to get the Hot Mobile site to open either -- English or Hebrew site.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2093 on: April 12, 2013, 05:00:11 PM »
I'm in NY, and all day today, I can't get onto Golan Telecom's website.  I was just looking at the plans on their website yesterday.

Anybody else having this same issue?  Or is there some missing link in my internet connection???

It's been discussed.
It has been mentioned that they may have limited access from outside Israel due to hacking attempts.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2094 on: April 12, 2013, 05:53:04 PM »
It's been discussed.
It has been mentioned that they may have limited access from outside Israel due to hacking attempts.

Sorry....hadn't seen that discussion.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2095 on: April 12, 2013, 05:57:06 PM »
Sorry....hadn't seen that discussion.

No problem.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2096 on: April 14, 2013, 04:56:39 AM »
i have the bb9650 with hot i use opera mini for web. i started having problums when i use opera then exit and make phone call opera won't work(or anything thar uses the web) till i reset it? anyone have this happen to them and how do you fix it

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2097 on: April 14, 2013, 10:31:05 AM »
Golans website is working again in the US.

Now if only the would start accepting US cc's again....
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2098 on: April 14, 2013, 01:17:04 PM »
Golans website is working again in the US.

Now if only the would start accepting US cc's again....

It stopped working?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2099 on: April 14, 2013, 01:20:34 PM »
It stopped working?

The site? Yeah.
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