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Israel has a complicated phone market for foreigners. Basically, it has three historical network operators:

  • Cellcom
  • Orange (by Partner Comm.)
  • Pelephone

In 2012 two further operators were awarded licenses for 3G and later 4G frequencies:

  • Hot Mobile
  • Golan Telecom

Another auction in early 2015 gave a 6th MNO on 1800 MHz LTE: 018 Marathon (Xfone) - but they haven't started yet. In late 2015 they signed a national roaming agreement with Pelephone. And last but not least, MVNOs like Ramy Levy, Home Cellular and You Phone operate on the historical networks, but some have been purchased by their MNOs now.

Beginning 2012 the market shifted from the historical operators to MVNOs and to the two new arrivals who undercut the rates of the big three. In November 2015 Golan Mobile has been bought by Cellcom pending approval of the regulatory bodies.

Be aware, that networks are on different frequencies and compare it with those of your device:

Network Cellcom Orange Pele- phone Hot Mobile Golan Telecom
2G 1800 900, 1800 n/a Orange Cellcom
3G 850, 2100 900, 2100 850, 2100 2100 2100
4G/LTE 1800 1800, 2600 1800 1800 1800

An Israeli SIM card costs nowadays around NIS 40-50 on prepaid or contract. Israeli regulations permit a line to be disconnected after 12 months of no use.

Cellcom Edit


Cellcom is one of the historical providers. Shops and reloads can be found everywhere.

Cellcom's prepaid plan is called "TalkMan". 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 buy packages.

Data feature packs Edit

  • 5 GB per month: 99 NIS
  • 10 GB per month: 129 NIS
  • "unlimited" (= 15 GB): 149 NIS

More info Edit

Orange (owned by Partner) Edit

Orange UK

Orange is another historical provider. They are not French-owned like most Orange networks, but by local Partner Communications who only use the Orange brand under license. In 2016 they expressed their intention to get rid of the Orange brand. So you can expect them to be marketed under a new label soon.

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

Availability Edit

99 NIS with no credit if bought directly from Orange retail outlets. 50 NIS including 40 NIS credit if bought at any participating post office. There's a post office on the upper floor of Terminal 3 in Ben-Gurion International airport where most flights to Israel land. This SIM card can also be bought from the English site of the Israel post (link), the shipping cost is less than 10.5 NIS worldwide.

It's best to add money to your account using cash or card in person at a post office or phone shop, recharging with a credit card via the phone is only possible for Israeli residents as you need an Israeli ID card number. There is a 7 NIS service charge added to the cost of every top up.

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

Data Only feature packs Edit

Using data without a plan: 4 NIS/MB, the rate is very high, do not use data without a plan.

Data Price Valid Comments
1GB 69 NIS 60 days
3GB 79 NIS 30 days
5GB 99 NIS 30 days
8GB 99 NIS 7 days
16GB 149NIS 30 days

make sure to tell the person who recharges your credit that you need data only, there are several packages at the same price but without data package, ending up with high rate per MB.

Data + Calls feature packs

All calls and SMS are for use inside Israel only, bonus credit can be used to call outside Israel.

Price Calls + SMS Data Bonus Valid Comments
11 NIS unlimited 100 MB - 2 days
39 NIS unlimited 400 MB - 60 days
70 NIS 400 mins + 400 500 MB - 30 days
75 NIS 250 mins + 250 1 GB 40 NIS 30 days
125 NIS unlimited 4 GB 25 NIS 7 days
140 NIS unlimited 3 GB - 30 days
150 NIS unlimited to Orange 4 GB 100 NIS 30 days plus 250 NIS for dom. use
160 NIS unlimited 6 GB - 30 days

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

More info Edit

  • APN: uinternet

Pelephone Edit


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

Data Only feature packs Edit

For cellphones only:

  • 2 GB : 50 NIS
  • 6 GB : 89 NIS
  • 16 GB : 150 NIS

For modems, tablets and routers only:

  • 3 GB : 39 NIS
  • 8 GB : 70 NIS

Data + Calls feature packs

  • 59 NIS : Unlimited domestic calls and SMS + 3 GB data
  • 79 NIS : Unlimited domestic calls and SMS + 6 GB data

More info Edit

Golan Telecom Edit

Golan telecom

Golan started in 2013 the price war. They offered contracts for a fraction of the traditional providers. Initially SIMs for Golan were only available through their website , but they can now be obtained in most malls in "BUG" or "Best Mobile" stores: Full retailers list. SIM card costs a 49 NIS startup price.

International credit card and PayPal are accepted and since 2013 officially foreign passports too: see here. But we had a user report that Golan stopped accepting foreign passports in the meantime, which couldn't be verified.

There is a national (within Israel) roaming agreement between Golan Telecom and Cellcom. So you get full coverage, but you may need to enable data roaming on your phone to get stable internet connection all over Israel at no extra cost. In December 2014 they started 4G/LTE on 1800 MHz.

In November 2015 Golan Telecom was sold to Cellcom. The Israeli governement is against this deal and tries to block it. They have even threatened to withdraw all their licenses. As the future looks very unclear, all of their plans are taken off this article. They are still postpaid contracts and don't fullfil the requirements for prepaid of this WIKI.

More info Edit

  • APN:
  • Website in English (change at top left): Company website

Hot Mobile (Hottalk) Edit

Hot mobile

Hot Mobile started together with Golan the telecom revolution in Israel in 2012. They 3G and 4G only but and there is a national network sharing agreement with Orange, so you get full coverage. You may need to enable data roaming on your phone to get stable internet connection all over Israel, don't worry it won't cost extra. 2G is on 900 and 1800 MHz on orange, 3G on 900 through Orange 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 for 50 NIS 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 for one talk minute, one SMS or 1 MB data. They offer these packages, which you need to book at point of purchase or by calling customer service at *6733.

  • Hottalk unlimited: 99 NIS with "unlimited" domestic calls and SMS and 4 GB for 30 days. This package is sometimes offered as "unlimited NEW" in promotions for 49 NIS with the same allowances.
  • Hottalk unlimited plus: 129 NIS with "unlimited" domestic calls and SMS and 4 GB plus 100 NIS call credit for 30 days.
  • Hottalk unlimited week: 39 NIS with "unlimited" domestic calls and SMS and 1 GB for 7 days.
  • Hottalk unlimited 8 GB: 129 NIS with "unlmited" domestic calls and SMS and 8 GB for 30 days.
  • Hottalk data-only: valid for 30 days:
    • 4 GB: 49 NIS
    • 16 GB: 140 NIS

All "unlimited" allowances have a FUP of 3000 minutes and 3000 SMS per week or month.

You PhoneEdit

You phone

You Phone was a MVNO that used the 2G/3G network of Orange which offers a prepaid plan called "Pretalk". In 2015 Pelephone has purchased You Phone and customers will be migrated to the Pelephone network.

Rami-Levy Mobile Edit

Ramy levy

Rami-Levy Mobile started in 2011 and has been the first MVNO in Israel and remains the only independent right now. It's using the 3G network of Pelephone (see above for frequencies).

Rami-Levy is a big supermarket chain and can be found in suburban shopping areas. The inconvenience with Rami Levy is that the SIM cards and top ups can be purchased only at the chain's supermarkets, mostly in suburban shopping areas and a handful other networks such as the Ivory computer stores: List in Hebrew

The card costs NIS 49, there is a monthly fee of NIS 4.90 as long as your balance is positive.

Data feature packs Edit

These packages are valid for one month:

  • Data 1 GB: 19.90 NIS
  • Data 3 GB: 29.90 NIS
  • Data 8 GB: 49.90 NIS

Data outside ouf packages is 0.29 NIS per GB

More info Edit

Home Cellular (h mobile)Edit

Home Cellular

Home Cellular was a MVNO that uses the 2G/3G network of Cellcom. In 2015 Cellcom acquired Home Cellular.

Home Celluar (or h-mobile) is a brand of Home Center, a DIY store chain that can be found in suburban shopping areas.

Their "Powercard" SIM is sold for 49 NIS and offers these packages:

  • 1 GB: 9.90 NIS
  • 2 GB: 29.90 NIS
  • 6 GB: 49 NIS
  • 9 GB: 59 NIS

Though being bought by Cellcom, you will still get their powercards in Home Center branches.

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