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Roaming on U.S. carriers
Verizon: $25 per each 100MB when Gobal Data feature is activated. Exorbitant calling rates.
AT&T:
T-Mobile: Simple Choice plans (postpaid-only which requires credit pull, but you can cancel anytime) include unlimited data roaming at 2G speeds in 120+ countries. Calls between any of these countries are $.20 /min.
Sprint: - For some reason its a bit complicated - https://www.sprint.com/landings/openworld/index.html - http://www.sprint.com/landings/international-value-roaming/ - http://support.sprint.com/global/pdf/support/BizMultiCountryDataPack.pdf
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International SIM cards

Toggle Mobile:
Covers the U.S., many European countries (though not Italy or Belgium), and Australia. Rates from these countries are .03 to all USA and UK phones both mobile and landline, .03 to landlines and .09 to mobiles in many other countries, .06 to Israel landlines and .15 to Israel mobiles. SMS to most (looks like all) countries is .07. Data bundles start at 5 for 500 MB in the UK and 20 for 1GB in the other Toggle countries. Incoming calls are free in 20+ countries.

SIMs can be ordered online and shipped free to many countries. You automatically receive a free permanent U.K. number. Before each trip you must register online for a local incoming number in the countries you are travelling to, which activates the roaming plan and lasts 30 days at no cost. You can pay 5 a year to keep numbers permanently.

Golan Telecom:
The 99₪ unlimited talk/text/internet/international calling plan, which also gives you up to 2 virtual foreign numbers, also includes for many countries (not all have launched yet) unlimited global data roaming (6GB high-speed), incoming calls & texts, and calls & texts to Israel.

Alternatively, Golan also offers a ₪29 per day data-only roaming plan which gives 100MB a day in these countries (all have been launched). These roaming options can be very useful for foreigners regardless of whether they need Golan for Israel.


VOIP calling apps

Vonage Mobile: Free calls to US/CA, very cheap int'l rates (see link). Uses your real number for outgoing caller ID, and also for incoming calls if you are a tmobile/AT&T customer and activate ReachMe roaming in the app.

Google Hangouts: Uses your Google Voice number over VOIP. Free calls to US/CA, very cheap int'l rates (see link).


Local SIM cards

Israel: See wiki on this thread.

Global MiFi
FreedomPop $10/500mb
https://www.freedompop.com/worldwide
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #105 on: April 06, 2011, 08:11:21 PM »
I consulted with 2 people that frequent Israel, both said Orange is the best option for someone that has an unlocked Blackberry for Data and Talk minutes. They charge like 90 ils for a month's worth of unlimited data, then 10 ils a month for talk minutes charged as follows .25 for US and .49 for Israel (go figure the irony as to why they charge double for local than international..)

I'd like to get it in the airport when I get there, that's why I want their number to confirm that they carry these packages and SIM cards.

If anyone has some other (better) advice, I'm wide open...

Otherwise I'd appreciate to get their phone number. Thanks all!


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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #106 on: April 07, 2011, 05:17:21 AM »
I consulted with 2 people that frequent Israel, both said Orange is the best option for someone that has an unlocked Blackberry for Data and Talk minutes. They charge like 90 ils for a month's worth of unlimited data, then 10 ils a month for talk minutes charged as follows .25 for US and .49 for Israel (go figure the irony as to why they charge double for local than international..)

I'd like to get it in the airport when I get there, that's why I want their number to confirm that they carry these packages and SIM cards.

If anyone has some other (better) advice, I'm wide open...

Otherwise I'd appreciate to get their phone number. Thanks all!

Are you looking for this? Doesn't look like the number is listed, though you should get answers at the listed number. Can you call Israeli 800 numbers from outside Israel?

Orange.co.il doesn't seem to list the numbers either.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2011, 05:24:20 AM by AsherO »
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #107 on: April 07, 2011, 08:52:28 AM »
This is probably the location, but yet again no contact info. The 800 number is Orange's national number, which I couldn't figure out how to call, I tried 011-972-1-800-xxx-xxx or 011-972-800-xxx-xxx to no avail.

Again, any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!


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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #108 on: April 07, 2011, 09:30:45 AM »
This is probably the location, but yet again no contact info. The 800 number is Orange's national number, which I couldn't figure out how to call, I tried 011-972-1-800-xxx-xxx or 011-972-800-xxx-xxx to no avail.

Again, any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!



You cant call 800 numbers from outside their home country.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #109 on: April 12, 2011, 05:49:29 PM »
I consulted with 2 people that frequent Israel, both said Orange is the best option for someone that has an unlocked Blackberry for Data and Talk minutes. They charge like 90 ils for a month's worth of unlimited data, then 10 ils a month for talk minutes charged as follows .25 for US and .49 for Israel (go figure the irony as to why they charge double for local than international..)

I'd like to get it in the airport when I get there, that's why I want their number to confirm that they carry these packages and SIM cards.

If anyone has some other (better) advice, I'm wide open...

Otherwise I'd appreciate to get their phone number. Thanks all!

just know that when you call the USA through you orange sim card you are actually using one of the long distance providers in israel (012, 013, 014 etc. ) and it might come out to much more. so better check who you are going to dial through when calling the USA

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #110 on: May 03, 2011, 11:45:47 AM »
Bought the $10 ATT world phone on sale, and these online guys are having a hard time unlocking. They told me to go to store or provider to unlock. I see ATT officially you have to have for 6 months before they unlock for you. Granted I only tried one place and trying another now but I need to wait 24 hours before they respond. IS it a chutzpa to walk into ATT store and ask for code on a $10 phone I bought from them and never even used? Any suggestions of a site I should try?

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #111 on: May 08, 2011, 05:37:40 PM »
When you are abroad, how do you use Google Voice?

Is there anywhere to find more info on how to use skype or google voice from israel to the US? I guess these are free or cheap ways to make calls but I'm in the dark as to actually doing it. (tried searching but did not find much) Thanks!

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How to get a cellphone for use in europe
« Reply #112 on: June 13, 2011, 05:13:56 PM »
traveling to europe in July. My verzion plan is .99/min. what phone/plan should i rent/buy?

Note: my phone doesnt have WIFI, so i can't use it with skype or google without incurring crazy data charges....

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Re: How to get a cellphone for use in europe
« Reply #113 on: June 13, 2011, 05:15:19 PM »
u can try travelcell (travelcell.com) i know they send out to europe i cant promise on the price i just know my husband works for them and if u wud need help or a good deal u can contact him

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #114 on: June 13, 2011, 07:43:44 PM »
What country?

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European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #115 on: June 13, 2011, 08:12:51 PM »
I consulted with 2 people that frequent Israel, both said Orange is the best option for someone that has an unlocked Blackberry for Data and Talk minutes. They charge like 90 ils for a month's worth of unlimited data, then 10 ils a month for talk minutes charged as follows .25 for US and .49 for Israel (go figure the irony as to why they charge double for local than international..)
I was in Israel for a while now and I can tell you that the best plan is prob cellcom which has much better service then orange . And what you need to ask for is the chayal plan - which they give to basically anyone I think and theres no contract .
It cost around 70 shekel a month for 5gb or unlimeted data (don't remember ) and calling is really cheap as well as txting.

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #116 on: July 31, 2011, 04:42:27 PM »
Need advice please on a good plan with BB data for frequent travel to Israel.

Orange store in Geula offered a no commitment plan with a 36 NIS monthly fee, local calls .59/min, U.S. calls .39/min, and BIS Blackberry data 78 NIS monthly which can be added/removed at will with charges prorated according to number of days used. SIM card cost 100NIS at purchase. I went for it as I had no time to research, but can switch plans at any time.

Anyone know of anything better (and legitimate)? Would a contract plan make more sense?

Thanks in advance!

(P.S. I see on my online bill that of the 36 NIS monthly fee, 18 is listed as "monthly charge for rate program" and 18 as "surfing package 30MB." Shouldn't I be able to call and remove the surfing package and only pay 18?)
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #117 on: July 31, 2011, 06:14:31 PM »
Cellcoms "chaylim" plan is as follows,
25 sheq month voice, .29 first min, .19 second (prorated)
.18 sms
75 sheq BB + unlimited data @5mbps I believe
No contract
BB service can be added and removed as needed (a drop of a pain, like all customer service in israel)

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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #118 on: August 01, 2011, 01:01:42 AM »
Cellcoms "chaylim" plan is as follows,
25 sheq month voice, .29 first min, .19 second (prorated)
.18 sms
75 sheq BB + unlimited data @5mbps I believe
No contract
BB service can be added and removed as needed (a drop of a pain, like all customer service in israel)

Slight problem is that I am not a Chayal and in no way deserve rates which are offered specifically to soldiers.
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Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« Reply #119 on: August 01, 2011, 04:14:29 AM »
In that case you should enlist.