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From Droam Prepaid SIM Encyclopedia

Israel is a small country, which has highly developed cellular network. The network covers nearly the entire country except for a few remote desert regions.

Cellular Operators

Partner (Formerly Orange)

Orange Israel voice network uses GSM 900/1800 frequency and UMTS technology. Orange Israel 4G data network uses LTE technology and covers over 90% of the country. Most GSM 4G devices can be used on the network, among the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android smartphones, different cellular modems etc.

APN settings

There are single APNs for 4G and to enable MMS.

Cellcom

APN Settings

  • APN: internetg
  • username: guest
  • password: guest

for enabling MMS - add these :

Pelephone

The network started as AMPS/NAMPS in the 800/850 MHz band. In the mid-to-late 1990s it converted to IS-95 CDMA and later added CDMA2000/EV-DO capabilities as well. A UMTS network in the 850/2100 MHz bands was launched in early 2009, and serves the majority of the network's devices.

APN settings

  • APN: internet.pelephone.net.il
  • Username: pcl@3g
  • Password: pcl

for enabling MMS - add these :

Golan Telecom

Golan Telecom began operating in 05/2012, using its own brand-new HSPA network (2100MHz band). It currently has a partial self-provided coverage, in addition to an in-land roaming agreement with Cellcom to provide nationwide coverage.

APN Settings

  • APN: internet.golantelecom.net.il
  • APN type: internet

MMS Settings

On Android, use the settings from MMS Settings and change APN to the APN from the Internet settings (internet.golantelecom.net.il). Change the APN type to "default" or "Internet + MMS" if that option exists.

Internet Tethering Settings APN: internet.golantelecom.net.il

Hot Mobile

Hot Mobile began service in mid-2012 on the grounds of the MIRS IDEN network. It serves HSPA+ on the 2100 channel, and currently has partial coverage, with a roaming agreement with Pelephone to ensure full coverage for costumers.

APN Settings

  • APN: net.hotm
  • Username: blank
  • Password: blank
  • MCC: 425
  • MNC: 07
  • APN type: default

MMS settings

For automatic installation send the word "apn" to the number 610.

Free Telecom - x2one

Free Telecom is an Israeli full MVNO licensed to market the x2one services in Israel. Free Telecom has a its own IMSI and a national roaming agreement with Pelephone. Global roaming is provided with multi IMSI solutions.

APN Settings

  • APN: apn.x2one.com
  • Username: blank
  • Password: blank


Annatel

Annatel is an Israeli full MVNO in Israel. Annatel has a its own IMSI and a national roaming agreement with Partner. Global roaming is provided with multi IMSI solutions.

APN Settings

  • Name: Annatel
  • APN: annatel
  • Username: blank
  • Password: blank
  • MCC: 425
  • MNC: 26
  • APN type: default

Prepaid plans

ORANGE Prepaid plan called BigTalk. you can buy the SIM directly from the company for 99 NIS (28$) it includes 15NIS (4$) of talk time. Buy them much cheaper in kiosks or GSMshops, most of which are concentrated in Tel Aviv near the central bus station. Top Ups you can buy online or scratch cards in kiosks.

Lowest topup option is 50 NIS (14$) which includes 43 NIS talktime (locals calls 1.13 NIS/min).

For visitors who want to keep in touch the best option is a bonus top-up for 130 NIS (40$) includes 900 minutes for 30 day period (of which 600 minutes can be used only on same network).


Pay as you Go add-ons.

MSN messenger service 18.90 NIS for 30 days.

UMTS PP 5GB 30 days 99 NIS (28$).

UMTS PP 20GB 30 days 149 NIS (42$).

Prepaid SIM Card Israel

Israel sim card is important for the people who don't want to pay for roaming, who want to use internet when driving around Israel and for secure connection. If you are a tourist or businessman/businesswoman and you come to Israel, you may need help! You will find yourself in need for a good Israeli prepaid SIM card that will offer you the features and help that you may need.


The leading prepaid sim cards providers in Israel are seven:

Cellcom

About the company

Founded in 1994 and since 2015 has been the largest cellular company in Israel. Cellcom was the second company to open in Israel in the cellular field, and it won the tender after pledging to give a low consumer price for at least five years.

Difference between Cellcom’s price and Pelephone’s price, which until then had enjoyed a cellular monopoly, was eight times higher, but once the company’s commitment period was low, Cellcom raised the price of using cellular phones to the private sector in a reduced manner.

Together with the low price, Cellcom had an unreliable image due to the lack of base stations and lack of coverage for absorption in certain areas of the country.

At the end of the 1990s, awareness of the danger of radiation from cellular antennas increased in Israel, and therefore the company found it difficult to install antennas in certain places, while in some cases the antennas were prevented by legal orders.

Today, as stated, this is the largest cellular company in Israel.

Prepaid Cellcom Talkman Talkman payment track is determined in advance by the user, depending on the amount of use he wants. Israeli prepaid sim card from Cellcom does not have monthly usage fees on the Talkman’s prepaid route, and the price includes voice and caller ID services at no charge, provided that it is over 50 NIS.-

Price List for the most popular plans (Last Update 20/09/2019)
Recharge Starter Plan Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extras
₪50 ~ ($ 16) ₪ 89 ~ ($ 27) 3 GB Unlimited 7 Days ---
₪59 ~ ($ 19) ₪ 99 ~ ($ 31) 30 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪79 ~ ($ 24) ₪ 119 ~ ($ 38) 50 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 25 NIS for international calls + Unlimited DATA use for Facebook, Waze, Whatsapp and Instagram
₪99 ~ ($ 30) ₪ 139 ~ ($ 44) 100 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 40 NIS for international calls
₪139 ~ ($ 44) ₪ 179 ~ ($ 55) 200 GB Unlimited 30 Days + Unlimited DATA use for Facebook, Snapchat, Waze, Whatsapp and Instagram
₪140 ~ ($ 44) ₪ 179 ~ ($ 55) 200 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 75 NIS for international calls
Contacts and recharge online
  • Customer service - There are situations when you may want to work with the Israeli Cellcom customer service to solve an issue. You can either call 1800-052-052 from landlines, *778 from the Israeli cell phones or 052-9986646 if you call from another country. The schedule is 8:00AM – 21:00PM Sunday to Thursday. During erev hag and Fridays, the schedule is 8:00AM – 13:00PM!
  • Cellcom Israel Official website https://www.cellcom.co.il/
  • Recharge Cellcom Online https://www.pcworks.co.il/shop/recharge-cellcom-prepaid-sim-car-israel/

Pelephone

About the company

Pelephone is the oldest cellular company in Israel, and in fact anyone who calls his cell phone “Pelephone” happens to him in the name of the brand that has become identified with the devices.

The company was founded in 1986 by Motorola and Tadiran and in 2004 was bought by Bezeq, the largest communications corporation in Israel. Pelephone provides cellular services and sells smart mobile devices, including telephones, tablets and laptops, as well as accessories.

As part of the privatization of the cellular sector, the company experienced a drastic decline in the number of customers, initially with the entry of Orange (now Partner) and Cellcom, and today with the entry of other competitors such as Rami Levy, HOT and others.

Today, the company has a little more than 2 million subscribers and employs about 2,500 people, mainly sales and service, at 80 points throughout the country. Most of the company’s managers are veteran employees who started out as representatives at the service centers.

Pelephone’s infrastructure enjoys relative stability and few failures, and like all the large cellular companies, the service needs improvement.

Price List for the most popular plans (Last Update 20/09/2019)
Recharge Starter Plan Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extras
₪59 ~ ($ 18) ₪ 95 ~ ($ 28) 35 GB Unlimited 30 Days + Unlimited DATA use for Facebook, Snapchat, Waze, Whatsapp and Instagram
₪79 ~ ($ 24) ₪ 115 ~ ($ 34) 55 GB Unlimited 30 Days + Unlimited DATA use for Facebook, Snapchat, Waze, Whatsapp and Instagram
₪99 ~ ($ 30) ₪ 135 ~ ($ 40) 85 GB Unlimited 30 Days + Unlimited DATA use for Facebook, Snapchat, Waze, Whatsapp and Instagram
₪140 ~ ($ 43) ₪ 175 ~ ($ 53) 100 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 70 NIS for international calls
Contacts and recharge online
  • Customer service - The customer service schedule is 8:00AM– 21:00PM Sunday to Thursday and 8:00AM – 13:00PM both Fridays and for the erev hag. Accessing the customer service is easy. You just have to call *88 Ext 1-3 or *166 from the SIM card. The menu isn’t in English, but the customer service does offer English support. Alternatively, use the landline phone numbers like 1-700-558-088 and 050-7077788!
  • Pelephone Official website https://www.pelephone.co.il/
  • Recharge Pelephone Online https://www.pcworks.co.il/shop/recharge-pelephone-sim-card-prepaid-israel/

Partner (Orange)

About the company

Partner (formerly Orange) is one of the three leading cellular companies in the market, although with the entry of new companies in recent years, the company suffered a 30% reduction in its customers. The company operates a cellular network under the name Partner and under 012 mobile. It also provides local telephone services, internet surfing and international calls, and even launched media services under the name PARTNER TV. The company’s antenna network serves both Partner’s customers and HOT Mobile customers, in accordance with the agreement signed between the two companies in 2016.

BIG TALK Partner’s prepaid cards are called BIGTALK and come in several options, including or without advanced services such as voicemail, song playing instead of dial tone, and more.

One of Partner”s unique services, in the BIGTALK card system, is the ability to keep up to date on your balance with on-screen electronic display or through a phone call, so you can know where you stand exactly in terms of your planned expenses.

Price List for the most popular plans (Last Update 20/09/2019)
Recharge Starter Plan Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extras
₪50 ~ ($ 16) ₪ 85 ~ ($ 26) 4 GB Unlimited 7 Days ---
₪59 ~ ($ 18) ₪ 95 ~ ($ 28) 35 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪79 ~ ($ 24) ₪ 115 ~ ($ 34) 50 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 30 NIS for international calls + Unlimited DATA use for Facebook, Waze, Whatsapp and Instagram
₪99 ~ ($ 30) ₪ 135 ~ ($ 40) 100 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 40 NIS for international calls + Unlimited DATA use for Facebook, Waze, Whatsapp and Instagram
₪140 ~ ($ 43) ₪ 175 ~ ($ 53) 50 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪159 ~ ($ 50) ₪ 195 ~ ($ 60) 100 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 110 NIS for international calls
Contacts and recharge online
  • Customer service - Whenever you need to talk with the Orange Customer Service in Israel, you can do that via dialing *111, then choose the ext 0. 1-800-672643 is the number that you need to call via the landlines if that’s necessary. The customer service schedule is 8:00 AM – 21:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday and 8:00 AM – 13:00 PM during erev hag.
  • Partner (Orange) Official website https://www.partner.co.il/
  • Recharge Partner (Orange) Online https://www.pcworks.co.il/shop/recharge-partner-prepaid-sim-car-israel/

Rami Levy Communication

About the company

Rami Levy’s communications company is a subsidiary of Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing, and has been providing mobile phone services since the end of 2011. The company uses Pelephone‘s existing infrastructure.

The company promised to create a revolution in the cellular market, and when the company’s prepaid program was launched it was significantly cheaper in the price of a call minute than the competitors, by 60% -70%, on calls and text messages.

The problem was that within a short time Rami Levy’s prepaid cards disappeared from almost all points of sale, except Sonol’s gas stations, and users had to pay with a credit card on the company’s website, making the card irrelevant for those who did not have a credit card.

Rami Levy prepaid Those who still want to enjoy the low price per minute can enjoy a variety of possible routes at prices of 28 NIS to 80 NIS, the volume of calls and surfing is variable. It is important to note that most of the packages offered by Rami Levy’s prepaid program are valid for only one month or until the amount charged is completed, whichever comes first.

Rami Levy’s prepaid cards can be emphasized in two ways: loading a package or charging money. When you buy a prepaid package, the price is known in advance for the next thirty days, depending on the terms of the package purchased.

When you charge money, you determine the amount charged on the reduced card depending on what you use on your mobile phone. The prices charged for money are slightly higher than when purchasing a package and there are also monthly subscription fees.

Price List for the most popular plans (Last Update 20/09/2019)
Recharge Starter Plan Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extras
₪28 ~ ($ 9) ₪ 65 ~ ($ 20) 3 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪30 ~ ($ 10) ₪ 69 ~ ($ 22) 5 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪40 ~ ($ 13) ₪ 79 ~ ($ 24) 15 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪50 ~ ($ 16) ₪ 89 ~ ($ 27) 25 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪60 ~ ($ 19) ₪ 99 ~ ($ 30) 40 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪80 ~ ($ 24) ₪ 109 ~ ($ 32) 50 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
Contacts and recharge online

HOT Mobile

About the company

HOT Mobile is a subsidiary of HOT and has been around starting in 2010. Since 2016, the company operates a joint antenna network with Partner, but HOT is not one of the three largest cellular companies in Israel.

Since the cooperation with Partner, the quality of reception at Hot Mobile has increased dramatically, and with the entry of new companies into the cellular market, the price of the company’s services has decreased, bringing it to over 1.5 million users in Israel.

At the same time, HOT itself is not a popular company in Israel and the company’s known service problems also negatively affect HOT Mobile.

Claim or purchase Some companies offer one-time tickets, that is, cards with a face value that once you have used the amount that they were using, you must purchase a new card. Some companies offer recharge cards, which means that tickets are loaded on an additional period of money each time. Of course, when it comes to one-time tickets, the phone number changes with each card again, while recharge cards allow you to keep the same phone number. Hot Mobile’s prepaid tracks are called HOT-TALK and are available on several tracks.

Israeli prepaid sim card hot mobile is the cellular company that offers the most prepaid cards, and like other companies, the more you invest in a larger amount, the less you will pay for an air minute.

Price List for the most popular plans (Last Update 20/09/2019)
Recharge Starter Plan Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extras
₪28 ~ ($ 9) ₪ 65 ~ ($ 19) 5 GB Unlimited 30 Days + 5 GB Bonus
₪50 ~ ($ 16) ₪ 85 ~ ($ 26) 20 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪69 ~ ($ 22) ₪ 99 ~ ($ 31) 35 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪79 ~ ($ 26) ₪ 109 ~ ($ 36) 50 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪140 ~ ($ 44) ₪ 175 ~ ($ 54) 100 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪59 ~ ($ 18) ₪ 95 ~ ($ 28) 15 GB Unlimited 30 Days 30 credits for international Calls
Contacts and recharge online

019 Mobile

About the company

Israeli Prepaid SIM CArd 019 Mobile is among the least known cellular communications companies in Israel, although it has been operating as a mobile operator since 2011, using Hot Mobile and Partner’s infrastructure.

Apart from cellular communication, the company also provides internet surfing services. Since the infrastructure on which the company operates is Partner’s, the communications are stable, the reception is good in all parts of the country, and the communications difficulties are few.

Israeli Prepaid SIM Card 019 Mobile (prepaid SIM cards at a given amount), are becoming more and more popular in Israel, as in the rest of the world, and most cellular companies now offer the possibility of purchasing one or one-time prepaid cards.

With the entry of new cellular companies into the telephone services market and with the increase in the supply of prepaid cards, the prices of calls in these cards are declining, and in some cases they are similar to the prices of calls on regular SIM cards. Let’s see what Telzar’s 019 prepaid card offers.


Price List for the most popular plans (Last Update 20/09/2019)
Recharge Starter Plan Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extras
₪35 ~ ($ 11) ₪ 69 ~ ($ 22) 1 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪49 ~ ($ 16) ₪ 89 ~ ($ 27) 20 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪69 ~ ($ 21) ₪ 109 ~ ($ 33) 35 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪98 ~ ($ 30) ₪ 138 ~ ($ 42) 50 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪150 ~ ($ 48) ₪ 189 ~ ($ 58) 10 GB Unlimited 30 Days 100 Credits for International Calls
Contacts and recharge online

Golan Telecom

About the company

Golan Telecom entered the cellular communications market in early 2012 as the fifth cellular company in Israel , and in retrospect was one of the companies that led to increased competition between cellular companies in Israel and to lower prices in the market, thanks to the low prices that the company instituted at the beginning of its activity.

Until Golan Telecom entered the cellular market, the billing model imposed by the cellular companies was a fixed charge for air time, which led to high prices.

Golan-Telecom’s billing model offered a fixed and low monthly charge, with no limit on air time. This model was successfully tested in France by the company’s owners, and has affected the decline in cellular communications prices in the country.

After the launch of Golan Telecom in May 2012, and with the introduction of its new prices, which were significantly cheaper than competitors’ prices, the other companies were forced to align and lower the price as well.

Golan Telecom is currently owned by Electra.

Price List for the most popular plans (Last Update 20/09/2019)
Recharge Starter Plan Data Dom. Calls / SMS Valid Extras
₪45 ~ ($ 14) ₪ 69 ~ ($ 20) 18 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪49 ~ ($ 15) ₪ 75 ~ ($ 22) 30 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
₪69 ~ ($ 20) ₪ 95 ~ ($ 28) 50 GB Unlimited 30 Days ---
Contacts and recharge online

VoIP applications

GPS and other navigation applications

The best GPS application to use in Israel especially for walking is Google Maps. It is free. It works on many phones, routes around traffic jams, shows police, accidents, hidden cameras.

Waze is a great app for driving. As it documents the driving experience of people using the popular app, it seems to have a quick response to traffic changes and updates routes accordingly. It is also free.

Moovit is the app to go for public transportation. It has access to "real-time" bus, train, and tram schedules. It displays a number of commuting options to your destination, including walking and taking a cab, and guides you throughout your trip. It is free as well.

Restaurants, hotels and other recommendation applications

Social Networking applications

Special Travel applications

Wi Fi Networks

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