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Buying SIM Cards in Israel

Buying SIM Cards in Israel

Israel is considered as the Biblical Holy Land, is a Middle Eastern country and can be found on the Mediterranean Sea. It holds the city of Jerusalem, which is considered sacred. The city is riddled with its religious significance and rich history. The city is bustling is with people to see the sites and some to worship them. Another place to visit is the charming city of Haifa which holds the Baha’I Gardens, Mount Carmel and Caesarea. Another site to visit is the historic city of Nazareth. When it comes to natural wonders, Israel has the lowest point in the world, the Dead Sea. Another site that shows the country’s natural wonder is Timna Park, this desert is untouched and is located near the Red Sea and can be found in Negev. If you’re looking forward on travelling to the beautiful historic country of Israel, we’ll help you get one thing off your mind. We will guide you on buying a SIM card for your travel in this beautiful country.

The First Thing You Need To Do

The first step to buying a SIM card actually doesn’t start itself but rather with our cellphones. Why? Most of the time, especially if you buy your phone from a particular service provider you can only use your phone exclusively with that provider hence you’ll need to get unlocked. An unlocked phone means that you can use it with any SIM Card.

It is worth mentioning that though most phones are now readily unlocked depending on its brand and who you bought it from, it’s necessary that you check your phone if it’s locked or unlocked. There’s a simple way of checking if your phone is locked, simply turn off your phone and replace the original SIM Card with the a different SIM card from a different SIM Card provider. If a message such as “Restricted” and “Contact your service provider” your phone is locked. If you can still operate your phone and make calls and texts, good, it means that your phone is unlocked. If it is no need to worry, simply contact your service provider to get it unlocked. If for any reasons (like a lock up period) your service provider declines to unlock your phone, simply seek help from an independent phone store or tech store and ask your phone to be unlocked, this usually costs only a small amount.

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Choosing A SIM Card

Buying a SIM card in Israel is one of the easiest process throughout the world as there are no requirements when purchasing one. Israel has three main service providers:

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Cellcom

Cellcom is the largest service provider in Israel. They offer a SIM card called “TalkMan” which is famous for both tourists and locals. You can top it off with these packages: For ILS29 you get 150MB worth of data and 1000 minutes of calls which is good for two days. For ILS49 you get 1GB worth of data and 1500 minutes of calls and 1500 text messages which is good for seven days. For ILS60 you get 500MB worth of data and unlimited minutes of calls which is good for a month. For ILS70 you get 1GB worth of data and unlimited minutes of calls which is good for a month. For ILS79 you get 2GB worth of data and 5000 minutes of calls and 5000 text messages which is good for a month. For ILS139 you get 15GB worth of data and 5000 minutes of calls and 5000 text messages which is good for a month. For ILS159 you get 20GB worth of data and 5000 minutes of calls and 5000 text messages which is good for a month.

You can also avail data only packages. For ILS99 you get 5GB worth of data good for 30 days. For ILS129 you get 10GB worth of data good for 30 days. And for ILS149 you get 25GB worth of data good for 30 days.

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Partner

Partner comes second to Cellcom as Israel’s largest service provider. You can buy their SIM card called “BigTalk” for ILS30 and you can top it off with these packages: For ILS40 you get 1GB worth of data, 25 minutes of call and if you add ILS10 you can use this package internationally. For ILS75 you get 5GB worth of data, 500 minutes of call and 500 text messages and if you add ILS40 you can use this package internationally. For ILS150 you get 20GB worth of data, unlimited minutes of call and if you add ILS100 you can use this package internationally.

You can also add these data only packages: For ILS59 you get 4GB worth of data good for 30 days. For ILS79 you get 6GB worth of data good for 30 days. For ILS99 you get 10GB worth of data good for 30 days. And for ILS149 you get 29GB worth of data good for 30 days.

Pelephone

Pelephone is the smallest service provider in Israel. They offer their SIM card called “Talk&Go” along with these packages: For ILS39 you get 3GB worth of data good for 30 days. For ILS70 you get 8GB worth of data good for 30 days. And for ILS135 you get 25GB worth of data good for 30 days. For voice and data packages you can avail these packages: For ILS55 you get 1GB worth of data and 250 minutes of calls and 250 text messages good for 45 days. For ILS59 you get 5GB worth of data and unlimited calls and text messages good for 30 days. For ILS72 you get 7GB worth of data and unlimited calls and text messages good for 30 days. For ILS79 you get 9GB worth of data and unlimited calls and text messages good for 30 days. For ILS99 you get 15GB worth of data and unlimited calls and text messages good for 30 days. And for ILS140 you get 25GB worth of data and unlimited calls and text messages good for 30 days.

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When it comes to the coverage areas, all service providers are good especially in highways and major cities, though there are weak spots especially in rural places and Southern areas.

Where do I buy one?

SIM cards are available throughout the country. There are a lot of official store locations present in most of the malls for each service provider. Other than that there are different kiosks, service stations available for purchase. There are also different authorized resellers from independent businesses, convenience stores and even airport shops, though these costs more than the usual compared when you buy in official stores.

Conclusion

The first thing you need to do is to get your phone unlocked in order to accommodate other SIM cards. Buying a SIM card in Israel is very easy as there are no requirements. The last thing is, with all the affordable and good packages, the best thing to do is to choose the best package that will suit your needs.

Written by Gear Up To Travel

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