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BasicsEdit

Operators Edit

Israel has three historical network operators:

  • Cellcom
  • Partner (formerly Orange)
  • Pelephone

While there are several additional MVNOs, only 2 of them offer prepaid options:

  • Hot Mobile
  • 019

Frequencies and Coverage Edit

2G and 3G: GSM is on 900 and 1800 MHz, 3G is on 2100 MHz like in most of Europe with additional 850/900 MHZ. Most of the country is covered aside from parts in the unsettled north of the desert in the south, but mostly there is full coverage of the country, currently there is no coverage map available.

4G/LTE: LTE works in most big cities on 1800 MHz (band 3) and there are plans to add 2600 MHz (band 7) to all networks in the future.

The following table contains the frequencies of the local operators. Be advised to check if your device is compatable to them or use the website Will My Phone Work?

Network Cellcom Partner Pele- phone Hot Mobile 019
2G 1800 900, 1800 n/a Partner Partner
3G 850, 2100 900, 2100 850, 2100 2100 Partner
4G/LTE 1800 1800 1800 1800 Partner

Availability and Legal requirements Edit

Prepaid SIM cards are available in most cellphone shops (with many of them in every city) and in some kiosks. While you can find the 3 historical operators (Partner, Cellcom and Pelephone) in almost any store, the 2 MVNOs are a bit harder to find and not always available in all the stores. You can spot a sticker on the store front indicating, that they sell HotMobile or 019 SIM cards.

All Israeli prepaid SIM cards are anonymous and do not require any registration, ID checks or activation.

Israeli SIM cards cost nowadays around NIS 30-50 and come without any balance, needing a top-up when you buy them.

Israeli regulations permit a line to be disconnected after 12 months of no use.

Cellcom Edit

Cellcom

Cellcom logo with Hebrew

Cellcom is one of the historical providers. Shops and reloads can be found everywhere. They still have the most customers in the country on their network.

Cellcom

Cellcom English text logo

Cellcom's prepaid plan is called "TalkMan". To change your system language, dial *777, followed by 9 and 4 for English. To check your balance, dial *777 and press 2 to hear the balance are 3 to get a SMS with the balance for a NIS 0.35 fee.

Data and Talk packages Edit

Pay as you go rate for data is NIS 3 per day for up to 10 MB or NIS 10 per day for up to 50 MB, so better buy packages.

Price Data

Dom. Calls / SMS

Valid Extras

Data & Calls

29 NIS 150 MB 1000 mins 2 days
49 NIS 1 GB 1500 mins + 1500 SMS 7 days
70 NIS 1 GB unlimited calls within operator 30 days + 70 NIS for dom. and

70 NIS intern. calls

139 NIS 15 GB 5000 mins + 5000 SMS 30 days
150 NIS 20 GB unlimited calls within operator 30 days + 250 NIS for dom. and

150 NIS intern. calls

159 NIS 20 GB 5000 mins + 5000 SMS 30 days
Data-only
99 NIS 5 GB - 30 days
129 NIS 10 GB - 30 days
149 NIS 25 GB - 30 days

More info Edit

Partner (formerly Orange) Edit

Partner logo.svg

Partner, formerly known as Orange, is another historical provider. They are owned by local Partner Communications, who used the Orange brand under license until 2016, but have rebranded getting rid of the orange color.

Their pay-as-you-go plan is called "BigTalk".

Availability Edit

You can also buy Partner (ex Orange) SIM cards in many cellphones shops and retailers around Israel for 30~40 NIS without any credit on them.

To change system language dial *111 and press 7 and then 4 for English. To check balance, type *111#.

New SIM cards are enabled for 2G/3G networks only. To activate LTE/4G, dial *454 and follow voice instructions. Available languages: Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, English.

Data and Talk packages Edit

Using data without a plan: 4.01 NIS per MB. As this rate is very high, do not use data without a plan.

Price Data

Dom. Calls / SMS

Valid Extras
Data + Calls
29 NIS 1 GB unlimited 2 days
40 NIS 1 GB 25 minutes within operator 7 days + 35 NIS for dom use

+ 10 NIS for dom and intern. use

50 NIS 4 GB unlimited 7 days
70 NIS 3 GB 700 mins + 700 SMS 30 days
75 NIS 4 GB 400 mins + 400 SMS 30 days + 40 NIS for dom and intern. use
125 NIS 4 GB unlimited 7 days + 25 NIS for dom and intern. use
140 NIS 16 GB 5000 mins + 5000 SMS 30 days
150 NIS 20 GB unlimited calls in operator 30 days + 250 NIS for dom use,

+ 100 NIS for dom and intern. use

160 NIS 20 GB 5000 mins + 5000 SMS 30 days

Data-only

59 NIS 4 GB - 30 days
79 NIS 6 GB - 30 days
99 NIS 10 GB - 30 days
149 NIS 29 GB - 30 days Reduced speed after 29 GB

Make sure to tell the person who recharges your credit what package you need. There are several packages at the same price, but without data package, you'll end up with high rate per MB.

More info Edit

  • APN: uinternet

Pelephone Edit

Pelephone

Hebew logo

Pelephone-0

English logo

Pelephone used to be a CDMA network and is now a hybrid CDMA / UMTS network. This means only GSM-phones supporting the 3G 850 and 2100 MHz frequency can use it, and it has no 2G coverage or fallback for GSM phones. Check your device to make sure it supports the frequencies mentioned

Pelephone pay-as-you-go plan is called "Talk & Go".

Data and Talk packages Edit

Using the SIM without a package NIS 3 for the first 10 MB, any additional MB is NIS 2 up to a daily max of NIS 49. So better use data packages. If your balance is below NIS 3, you won't receive any data at all.

  • All "unlimited" plans come with "unlimited" domestic calls and SMS and a FUP of 3000 minutes and 3000 SMS per week or month depending on plan.
Price Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extra
Data-only (for cellphones)
39 NIS 3 GB - 30 days
70 NIS 8 GB - 30 days
135 NIS 25 GB - 30 days
Data & Calls
55 NIS 1 GB 250 mins + 250 SMS 45 days
750 mins within operator
59 NIS 5 GB unlimited 30 days
79 NIS 9 GB unlimited 30 days
99 NIS 15 GB unlimited 30 days
145 NIS 6 GB unlimited 30 days + 100 NIS for calls outside Israel
Data-only (for tablets and modems)
69 NIS 3 GB - 14 days for modem/netstick only
125 NIS 10 GB - 30 days for modem/netstick only

More info Edit

Hot Mobile (Hottalk) Edit

Hot mobile

Hot Mobile started together with Golan the telecom revolution in Israel in 2012. They are 3G and 4G only but and there is a national network sharing agreement with Partner, so you get full coverage. You may need to enable data roaming on your phone to get stable internet connection all over Israel, without surcharges. 2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz on Partner, 3G on 900 through Partner and on own 2100 MHz and 4G/LTE started on own 1800 MHz just recently.

Hottalk Edit

In summer 2015 they started classical prepaid SIM cards called Hottalk. They can be purchased at their sales centers and many post offices and shops for a 49 NIS fee and are valid for 180 days.

For topping up, they accept most international credit cards. Their basic pack has only their default rate at 0.49 NIS per minute, SMS or MB data. They offer these packages, that you need to book at point of purchase or by calling customer service at *6733.

Data and Talk packages Edit

  • All Hottalk "unlimited" plans come with "unlimited" domestic calls and SMS and a FUP of 3000 minutes and 3000 SMS per week or month depending on plan.

Price

Data Dom . Calls / SMS Valid Extra
Data & Calls
50 NIS 6 GB unlimited 30 days
69 NIS 10 GB unlimited 30 days
129 NIS 15 GB unlimited 30 days
139 NIS 12 GB unlimited 30 days + 100 NIS for intern. calls
39 NIS 2 GB unlimited 7 days
35 NIS 1 GB - 10 days + 50 NIS for dom. and intern. calls
Data-only
49 NIS 8 GB - 30 days
140 NIS 25 GB - 30 days

More info Edit

019 mobile Edit

019

019 mobile is operated by 019 Telzar International Telecommunication Services LTD. It's a fairly new Israeli cell phone company that offers varied services like mobile cell phone lines, international calls and data and a prepaid plan. Without any own infrastructure so far, it operates as MVNO on the Partner network in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE under a national roaming agreement.

Availability Edit

You can find 019 SIM cards in many cellphone shops around Israel. While not as common as Partner/Cellcom/Pelephone SIM cards, it isn't difficult to find them. Most stores who sell them will have a 019 sticker in the front of the store.

Top Up Warning Edit

It appears that the retail system of 019 allows the re-sellers/shops to adjust the price that is showed on the screen of system so some shops might show you higher prices then the official ones. double check when adding credit so you won't pay more then you have to.

Data and Talk packages Edit

Pay as you go rate on 019 cards is 4 NIS per MB. So better buy packages. To check balance, type *019.

  • All 019 "unlimited" plans come with "unlimited" domestic calls and SMS and a FUP of 3000 minutes and 3000 SMS per week or month depending on plan.
Price Data

Dom. Calls / SMS

Valid

Extras

Data & Calls
35 NIS 1 GB unlimited 7 days
49 NIS 6 GB unlimited 30 days
69 NIS 11 GB unlimited 30 days
75 NIS 2 GB unlimited 14 days + 500 minutes intern. calls to landline
150 NIS 10 GB unlimited 30 days + 100 NIS for intern. calls
Data-only
29 NIS 1 GB - 30 days
42 NIS 4 GB - 30 days
65 NIS 10 GB - 30 days
149 NIS 20 GB - 30 days

More info Edit

  • APN: netazi (enable data roaming)
  • Website (in Hebrew): http://019mobile.co.il/
  • to check phone number dial *725
  • to check balance dial *019

SimVisit Edit

Simvisit

In 2016 a new service aimed at tourists started from Tel Aviv on the simvisit.com website. They struck a deal with Pelephone (see above) and resell their prepaid SIM cards with special services for a premium. The SIM can be delivered to your hotel in Tel Aviv on the same day you order or they will send it abroad without further fees. You'll need to set an activation date and give them up to two weeks for delivery. Payment by credit cards or PayPal.

These packages are offered:

  • 1 GB, 1000 domestic mins/SMS for 7 days: US$ 25
  • 2 GB, 2000 domestic mins/SMS for 14 days: US$ 40
  • 5 GB, 3000 domestic mins/SMS for 30 days: US$ 50

Data are on 3G and 4G on the Pelephone network. No activation needed. There seems no upsize or extension possible. SIM card expires after 3 months.

Note, that you'll pay about a substantial surcharge of 300% or more for their service compared to buying a local SIM card.

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