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SIM Cards in Israel: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Israel – the only Jewish country in the world. It is known for its many religious sites, museums & beaches.

While there is plenty to be said about the political situation in the country, it is irrelevant (for this guide) ;)

Despite the fact that some nations in the Middle East are crazy cheap (for travel – that is), Israel is, surprisingly, not so cheap.

Sure, it is much cheaper than many Western or Northern European nations.

Still, many neighboring countries have lower living costs, especially for travelers.

So, any way to save some money in Israel is always appreciated.

One way to keep costs contained is by using a local SIM card – an Israeli one.

International roaming can be expensive. And in most cases, it is not worth it.

With a local SIM card, however, you can enjoy local rates.

So, how expensive are SIM cards in Israel?

You can buy an Israeli SIM card for between 38.60 ILS (19.95 USD) to 90 ILS (23.20 USD) in the stores of the mobile operator (Cellcom/Golan Telecom, Partner, Pelephone & HOT Mobile), or other stores, such as grocery stores.

Yeah, those SIM cards are not cheap at all.

However, Israel has the lowest mobile data rates worldwide.

The average cost of 1 GB of data is just 0.05 USD!

That is mostly because the mobile operators are GENEROUS with their data allowances.

So, expensive SIM cards but dirty-cheap mobile data rates. Worth the trade-off? You decide.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Israel. Let’s go.

Buying a SIM Card in Israel Guide (logos of Cellcom, Golan Telecom, Partner, Pelephone, HOT Mobile, 012mobile & 019 Mobile)

Original publication: 23rd of December 2019. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Israel?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Israel, I recommend going with Pelephone or HOT Mobile. Pelephone has generous data allowances, 5G NR for prepaid customers, extensive nationwide coverage & the fastest speeds. HOT Mobile has the best 4G/LTE availability.

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So, which other SIM cards are available in Israel?

Israel has four/five mobile operators and two Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid options easily accessible to travelers:

  • Cellcom Israel/Golan Telecom
  • Partner
  • Pelephone
  • HOT Mobile
  • 012mobile (MVNO)
  • 019 Mobile (MVNO)
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This guide sticks to the mobile operators only and the most popular MVNOs (bolded above) to prevent information overload (at least, that is the aim – this guide is still in-depth!).

If you want to buy a SIM card from one of the unbolded MVNOs, you must do the research independently. I do not actively use MVNOs anymore because I test travel eSIMs instead, like the ones for Israel.

Anyone living in or visiting Israel can buy an Israeli SIM card with no restrictions.

But you do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations, which include showing your passport at the point of sale.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Where Can You Buy an Israeli SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get an Israeli SIM card in Cellcom/Golan Telecom, Partner, Pelephone & HOT Mobile stores or other retailers, including grocery stores, electronic stores & convenience stores (for the mobile operators or MVNOs). Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion Airport sells SIM cards too.

You can expect to pay for the following Israeli SIM cards:

  • Cellcom Israel/Golan Telecom: 9.80 ILS (4.90 ILS for the SIM card + 4.90 ILS activation fee)
  • Partner: 60 ILS & 90 ILS
  • Pelephone: 29.9 ILS
  • HOT Mobile: 49 ILS

If you plan to buy a SIM card at an airport, the prices can be higher than those listed above – be aware of this.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date ILS (Israeli Shekel) to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between ILS and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 ILS = 0.25 USD
  • 10 ILS = 2.60 USD
  • 100 ILS = 25.80 USD
  • 1000 ILS = 227.80 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Israel

(Travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular in recent years.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

This forced mobile operators to adopt eSIM technology faster than they had planned (for the benefit of anyone wishing to use eSIMs instead of swapping SIM cards).

At the moment, no Israeli mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if the Israeli mobile operators did have eSIMs and you wanted to purchase an eSIM, you would need to comply with Israel's SIM card registration regulations.

Suppose you do not wish to do so for whatever reason. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for Israel.

My Israel eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide (even in Israel).

Buying an eSIM for Israel Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Menalink, Discover+, Annatel, Alosim, Airalo)

You can even get eSIMs covering Israel and other countries in the Middle East, allowing you to use one eSIM in multiple destinations with just one purchase.

Or you can even get a global eSIM, which can be used in at least 100 countries worldwide.

While the Israel eSIM buying guide goes much more in-depth about your options, I do want to introduce some quickly here:

  • Airalo: Annatel (Israel only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Israel
  • Holafly: Israel (unlimited data)
  • Nomad: Israel, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

For information about these eSIMs, such as how much the eSIMs cost and how much data you get, check out the Israel eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Israel Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Menalink, Discover+, Annatel, Alosim, Airalo)

Israeli Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Cellcom Israel/Golan Telecom, Partner, Pelephone & HOT Mobile and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

Let's see what Israel offers us.


Cellcom Israel & Golan Telecom (סלקום & גולן טלקום)

Cellcom Israel Logo
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Cellcom Israel, also known as סלקום and not to be confused with Cellcom in Canada, Guinea, or the United States, or Celcom, with one L, in Malaysia, is the largest mobile operator in Israel.

In 2020, Cellcom purchased Golan Telecom (גולן טלקום), one of its competitors.

Golan Telecom Israel Logo
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It is expected that both brands will operate separately, with Golan Telecom becoming a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

However, they could also be merged, with the Golan Telecom brand vanishing from the market.

Nevertheless, it looks like Cellcom dropped its prepaid line, Talkman, after purchasing Golan Telecom.

Golan Telecom still offers prepaid services with its prepaid brand called GOLANtalk.

As a result, you have to get a GOLANtalk SIM card by Golan Telecom if you wish to be on the Cellcom network.

Cellcom and Golan Telecom have the best voice app (VoIP) experience.

Golan Telecom also has the best online games experience and has one of the best upload speeds.

Cellcom and Golan Telecom use the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28), 2600 MHz (n7) & 3500 MHz (n78) – all for Cellcom only

This is what you will learn about Golan Telecom:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Golan Telecom SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Cellcom Israel & GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom

Cellcom and Golan Telecom have extensive coverage throughout Israel.

Coverage in the south, however, is primarily on 2G or 3G.

But this applies to all mobile operators in Israel.

Below is Cellcom and Golan Telecom's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Cellcom Israel & GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom

You can buy a GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom SIM card for 19 ILS in Golan Telecom stores and many other establishments, such as grocery stores, convenience stores & electronic shops. A 30 ILS activation fee applies too, meaning the total cost of a SIM card is 49 ILS.

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Cellcom & GOLAN has no eSIMs.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Israel because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Cellcom & GOLAN.

Especially if you get a Middle East-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Israel in my Israel eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Annatel (Israel only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Israel – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Israel (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Israel, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Israel eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Cellcom & GOLAN for now.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Cellcom Israel & GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom

GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom top-up vouchers are sold in Golan Telecom stores and many stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout Israel.

Dial *998# to check your GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Cellcom Israel & GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom

GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom/Cellcom has two data-featured prepaid plans: Packages (combo) & Add-On.

I will list all the prices in ILS (Israeli Shekel).

To convert ILS to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Packages – Cellcom Israel & GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom

The Packages are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

These Packages are available:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
39 ILS10 GBN/AN/A30 days
49 ILS50 GB3000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
59 ILS100 GB3000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
79 ILS200 GB3000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
99 ILS500 GB3000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
139 ILS1000 GB3000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
GOLANtalk Golan Telecom Israel Plans
Add-Ons – Cellcom Israel & GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom

The Add-Ons are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

These Add-Ons are available:

PriceDataValidity
3.90 ILS1 GBUntil plan expires
5.90 ILS2 GB1 month, auto-renews
6.90 ILS2 GBUntil plan expires
9.90 ILS5 GB1 month, auto-renews
10.90 ILS5 GBUntil plan expires
GOLANtalk Golan Telecom Israel Add-Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Cellcom Israel & GOLANtalk by Golan Telecom

  • Name: Golan Telecom
  • APN: internet.golantelecom.net.il

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Bigtalk by Partner (פרטנר)

Partner Israel Logo
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Partner, also known as פרטנר, is the second-largest mobile operator in Israel.

It used to be known as Orange until 2016.

Its prepaid brand is called Bigtalk.

Partner uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Partner:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Partner SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Bigtalk by Partner

Partner has the best 4G/LTE coverage throughout Israel.

Coverage in the south, however, is primarily on 2G or 3G.

But this applies to all mobile operators in Israel.

Below is Partner's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Bigtalk by Partner

You can buy a Bigtalk by Partner SIM Card for 60 ILS with 53 ILS credit or 90 ILS with 83 ILS credit in Partner stores and many other establishments, such as grocery stores, convenience stores & electronic shops. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion Airport.

Bigtalk Partner Israel Bigtalk Basic
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Bigtalk has no eSIMs.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Israel, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Bigtalk.

Especially if you get a Middle East eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported Middle Eastern countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Israel eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Annatel (Israel only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Israel – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Israel (unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Israel, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Israel eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Bigtalk by Partner

Bigtalk by Partner top-up vouchers are sold in Partner stores and many other stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout Israel.

To top up your Bigtalk by Partner SIM card, dial *222*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *222*123456#.

You can also recharge online with debit and credit cards.

Dial *#054 or *#222 to check your Bigtalk by Partner balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Bigtalk by Partner

Bigtalk by Partner has five data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in ILS (Israeli Shekel).

To convert ILS to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Bigtalk Unlimited – Bigtalk by Partner

The Bigtalk Unlimited plans are combo bundles with credit, data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Bigtalk Unlimited Plans are available:

PriceCreditDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
50 ILSN/A10 GBN/A“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS7 days
59 ILSN/A70 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS30 days
99 ILS40 ILS100 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days
140 ILSN/A150 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days
145 ILSN/A200 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days
159 ILS110 ILS200 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days

1 Facebook, Instagram, Waze & WhatsApp

Bigtalk Partner Israel Bigtalk Unlimited Plans
Bonus – Bigtalk by Partner

The Bonus plans are combo plans with credit, data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Bonus plans are available:

PriceCreditDataSocial Media Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
70 ILSN/A5 GBN/A1000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
75 ILS40 ILS5 GBN/A500 minutes500 SMS30 days
79 ILS30 ILS80 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 SMS30 days
80 ILSN/A10 GBN/A1200 minutes1200 SMS30 days
85 ILS50 ILS10 GBN/A600 minutes600 SMS30 days
150 ILS300 ILS 2/100 ILS 3200 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 5000 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS30 days

1 Facebook, Instagram, Waze & WhatsApp
2 for local use
3 for local and international use

Bigtalk Partner Israel Bigtalk Bonus
Bigtalk 5G – Bigtalk by Partner

The Bigtalk 5G plans are combo plans with credit, data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Bigtalk 5G plans are available:

PriceCreditDataSocial Media 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
79 ILS40 ILS200 GBUnlimited5000 minutes5000 SMS30 days
69 ILS30 ILS150 GBN/A5000 minutes5000 SMS30 days
99 ILS50 ILS500 GBUnlimited5000 minutes5000 SMS30 days
149 ILSN/A1000 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A30 days
150 ILS300 ILS 2/100 ILS 31000 GBUnlimited5000 minutes5000 SMS30 days
159 ILS110 ILS1000 GBUnlimited5000 minutes5000 SMS30 days

1 Facebook, Instagram, Waze & WhatsApp
2 for local use
3 for local and international use

Bigtalk Partner Israel Bigtalk 5G Plans
Data Packages for Devices of 2.5G or Higher – Bigtalk by Partner

The Data Packages for Devices of 2.5G or Higher are data plans (without 5G NR access) at slow speeds.

Unless your phone does not support 3G, 4G/LTE, or 5G NR, you should avoid any of these plans.

PriceDataValidity
26.95 ILS25 MB1 month
34.95 ILS200 MB1 month
Data Packages for Modems and Advanced Devices of 3G or Higher – Bigtalk by Partner

The Data Packages for Modems and Advanced Devices of 3G or Higher are data-only plans.

The following Data Packages for Modems and Advanced Devices of 3G or Higher are available:

PriceDataValidity
26.95 ILS100 MB30 days
59 ILS2 GB30 days
79 ILS4 GB30 days
99 ILS8 GB30 days
149 ILS“Unlimited”, 25 GB30 days
189 ILS500 GB30 days

1 +unlimited social media data Facebook, Instagram, Waze & WhatsApp

APN/Internet Settings – Bigtalk by Partner

  • Name: Partner
  • APN: uinternet

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Pelephone (פלאפון)

Pelephone Israel Logo
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Pelephone, also known as פלאפון, is the third-largest mobile operator. It is also the last mobile operator part of the Big Three.

Pelephone is the oldest mobile operator in the Israeli market. It is so old that Pelephone is synonymous with the word telephone in Israel.

It was also the first mobile operator to host a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) called Rami Levy, a supermarket chain in Israel.

Rami Levy used to be included in this guide. However, it got removed because it stopped offering prepaid services.

Pelephone mobile operator is the one with the best video streaming experiences and the fastest speeds.

Pelephone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A (used to be CDMA)
  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Pelephone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Pelephone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Pelephone

Pelephone has extensive coverage throughout Israel.

Coverage in the south, however, is primarily on 2G or 3G.

But this applies to all mobile operators in Israel.

Below is Pelephone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Pelephone

You can buy a Pelephone SIM card for 29.90 ILS in Pelephone stores or services centers and many other establishments, such as grocery stores, convenience stores & electronic shops.

Bigtalk Partner Israel Bigtalk Basic
© Pelephone
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Pelephone has no eSIMs.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Israel, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Pelephone (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular Middle Eastern destinations if you do not stay in just Israel or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Israel eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Annatel (Israel only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Israel – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Israel (these eSIMs have unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Israel, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Israel eSIM buying guide.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Pelephone

Pelephone top-up vouchers are sold in Pelephone stores and many other stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout Israel.

To top up your Pelephone SIM card, dial *151 and follow the instructions.

Dial *142 to check your Pelephone balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Pelephone

Pelephone has one data-featured prepaid plan, which is a combo plan with credit, data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

I will list all the prices in ILS (Israeli Shekel).

To convert ILS to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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The following options are available:

PriceCreditDataSocial Media Data 2Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
70 ILSN/A50 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A30 days
76 ILS30 ILS200 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 1500 SMS30 days
79 ILSN/A250 GBUnlimited“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 1500 SMS30 days
99 ILSN/A500 GB 1Unlimited“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 1500 SMS30 days
140 ILS70 ILS1000 GB 1Unlimited“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes“Unlimited”, 1500 SMS30 days

1 5G NR access
2 Facebook, Google Maps, Instagram, Netflix, Snapchat, TripAdvisor, Waze, WhatsApp & YouTube

Pelephone Israel Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Pelephone

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

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HOTALK by HOT Mobile (הוט מובייל)

HOT Mobile Israel Logo
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HOT Mobile, also known as הוט מובייל, is the last mobile operator offering prepaid services in Israel.

Its prepaid brand is called HOTALK.

HOT Mobile has the best online game streaming experience, voice app (VoIP) experience & the best 4G/LTE availability.

HOT Mobile used to have, or perhaps still has, a domestic roaming agreement with Partner (2G & 3G) in locations where HOT Mobile's coverage was still spotty.

This agreement would stay in effect until HOT Mobile had built up its own (2G & 3G) network.

Right now, HOT Mobile's nationwide coverage is on par with the Big Three's, so I do not think this agreement is still effective.

HOT Mobile uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28), 2600 MHz (n7) & 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about HOT Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a HOT Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – HOTALK by HOT Mobile

HOT Mobile has the best 4G/LTE availability throughout Israel.

Coverage in the south, however, is primarily on 2G or 3G.

But this applies to all mobile operators in Israel.

Below is HOT Mobile's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – HOTALK by HOT Mobile

You can buy a HOTALK by HOT Mobile SIM card for 49 ILS in HOT Mobile stores and many other establishments, such as grocery stores, convenience stores & electronic shops.

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HOTALK has no eSIMs.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Israel because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from HOTALK.

Especially if you get a Middle East-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Israel in my Israel eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Annatel (Israel only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Israel – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Israel (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Israel, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Israel eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with HOTALK for now.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – HOTALK by HOT Mobile

HOTALK by HOT Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in HOT Mobile stores and many other stores, including grocery stores, kiosks & gas stations throughout Israel.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – HOTALK by HOT Mobile

HOTALK by Hot Mobile has one type of data-featured prepaid plan, which are combo plans with credit, data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

I will list all the prices in ILS (Israeli Shekel).

To convert ILS to your currency (let's say USD) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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The following plans are available:

PricePlanCreditDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
59 ILSHotalk30 ILS100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
79 ILSHotalk 5G40 ILS1000 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited1 month
99 ILSHotalk משולב50 ILS500 GB 1UnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 5G NR access
2 Includes NEXT TV+

HOTalk - HOT Mobile Israel Plans

APN/Internet Settings – HOTALK by HOT Mobile

  • Name: HOT Mobile
  • APN: net.hotm

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Getting a SIM card from Pelephone would do you well when considering an Israeli SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.