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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 886685 times)

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2480 on: June 17, 2013, 06:57:33 PM »
With orange you can put the service on hold 3 months at a shot. And then another 3 months. But golan is easier to maintain, it can all be done online.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2481 on: June 19, 2013, 09:01:06 AM »
I'm going to Israel for 6 weeks what's the best option for me?  I don't necessarily need to free calling to america but it wouldn't hurt. 
Also, do I need to bring a phone?  I have a galaxy S3 that I guess would need to be unlocked and I have an old blackberry 9700 that I could use as well but also would need to be unlocked.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2482 on: June 19, 2013, 09:56:31 AM »
Look at the siganture on top of your post, or under it.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2483 on: June 19, 2013, 02:46:23 PM »
Is there a way to transfer my Kosher number to golan?
AFAIK no, but Twin has successfully ported to HOT.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2484 on: June 19, 2013, 04:39:22 PM »
AFAIK no, but Twin has successfully ported to HOT.
        i was told that if you go down to golan's store they would do it for you. I dont know where they have a store but it shoulnt be hard   to find out. With hot its easy but you wont get them to give you txt with a kosher number, only web

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2485 on: June 20, 2013, 04:01:51 PM »
Anybody here use Golan with a bb?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2486 on: June 20, 2013, 04:05:22 PM »
Anybody here use Golan with a bb?
No BIS
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2487 on: June 20, 2013, 04:24:38 PM »
No BIS
I know, but I am still asking.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2488 on: June 20, 2013, 05:14:35 PM »
I know, but I am still asking.
a couple of my friends do,  just the blackberry services won't work,  and you have to download opra mini
WHY NOT?!?!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2489 on: June 21, 2013, 07:06:49 AM »
a couple of my friends do,  just the blackberry services won't work,  and you have to download opra mini
For internet use? why the normal browser wont work?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2490 on: June 21, 2013, 09:50:45 AM »
No, golan doesn't support BIS.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2491 on: June 21, 2013, 11:03:38 AM »
No, golan doesn't support BIS.
Using on a BB the browser dosent have anything with BIS! (am i wrong) only BBM and Email

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2492 on: June 22, 2013, 02:19:13 PM »
Using on a BB the browser dosent have anything with BIS! (am i wrong) only BBM and Email
-1 the default browser needs BIS or WiFi

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2493 on: June 22, 2013, 02:43:39 PM »
-1 the default browser needs BIS or WiFi
and email, gps and apps?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2494 on: June 22, 2013, 02:51:36 PM »
and email, gps and apps?
email and apps yes and pretty sure the gps too
WHY NOT?!?!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2495 on: June 22, 2013, 03:21:05 PM »
email and apps yes and pretty sure the gps too
yes, meaning? And if apps need bis than why would opera work?

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2496 on: June 22, 2013, 04:11:23 PM »
yes, meaning? And if apps need bis than why would opera work?
my bad . yes meaning that they will work . all apps escept the the ones that run on BIS will work through the regular data
WHY NOT?!?!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2497 on: June 22, 2013, 06:04:19 PM »
my bad . yes meaning that they will work . all apps escept the the ones that run on BIS will work through the regular data
-1
Google talk didn't work for me over wifi w/o BIS
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2498 on: June 22, 2013, 06:48:32 PM »
email and apps yes and pretty sure the gps too
Email will NOT work without BIS and neither will the browser.
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Google talk didn't work for me over wifi w/o BIS
+1, but that's the exception to the rule.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #2499 on: June 22, 2013, 07:51:56 PM »
Email will NOT work without BIS and neither will the browser.+1, but that's the exception to the rule.
I believe the rule is that all default apps need BIS