Need A Phone While in Israel?

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Data Plan

Data rates are extremely affordable in Israel. In fact, for about $22 you can have 3GB of data which is more than enough for 99% of all travelers and if that is still not enough, there is a (virtually) unlimited plan for about $45. Plans are valid for up to 30 days of service or until you use up your credit, whichever comes first. If you need data for your trip, please consider either the iPhone or Smartphone rental as the standard rental does not have data capabilities. A data enabled phone is the perfect travel tool. You can browse the web, check your emails, use apps such as Viber, Google Maps, Google Translate and many more. Please note that Skype is not available on the Smarphone rental but you can use it on the iPhone. If you want to use Skype with video enabled, we recommend the unlimited data package as video streaming consumes huge amounts of data.

Data Packages:

  • $22 3GB
  • $45 Unlimited (up to 15GB)

To activate the service, call the Orange Bigtalk customer service at *111 from the phone when you arrive in Israel or 1-800-672643. The y are open Sun - Thurs between 08:30 - 21:30 and Friday between 08:00 - 13:00 . Please note that you must have adequate credit on your account in order for the plans to be activated. Additional credit is available through Cellular Abroad or at many convenience stores in Israel

Please make sure that your service has been properly activated by Orange customer service before you begin browsing. Otherwise, you will be charged at 4.4 Shekels per minute.

Choose A Phone

Selected Package Info
Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Low call rates – even to the USA
  • Great data plans available
  • Israel phone number
  • Optional US phone number
  • Unlimited free incoming calls
  • Pay as you go service – no contracts to sign
Rental Rates*
1 week 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$48.95 $83.95 $99.95 $129.95 $149.95

*PLUS the price of (1) recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($20.00). This gives you 2 hrs of international or 30 mins. of domestic minutes.


Israel Cell Phone Rentals

Our service uses Orange Telecom the largest and most reliable carrier and with the most extensive coverage in Israel. You will receive an Israeli phone number, which is affordable and convenient for family members, friends and associates in Israel to dial your number, as well as the option to add on a US phone number to make it affordable for contacts in the US or Canada to contact you. If you want to retain your current US or Canadian phone number, you can forward it to the new US number thereby receiving all the benefits of roaming but without the costs. This service is only $19 per each 360 minutes of calls or call forwarding. If needed, you can purchase additional units. Our call rates from Israel are incredibly low because you are paying the same rates that the locals pay for their service. Calls to the US are less than a dime per minute. In addition to low call rates, we also offer extremely affordable data rates. This is the perfect solution for travelers who want to check their emails, use apps such as Google Maps or Facebook and even Skype (Skype is available only on iPhone rentals).

We offer 3 cell phone rental options for travelers to Israel. The Standard Rental is a no nonsense, easy to use cell phone that allows you to make and receive phone calls and text messages - that's it. If you do not need a sophisticated phone with email or web browsing capabilities, this is the option we recommend. Our most popular option is the Smartphone Rental. It features an Android Samsung phone with wifi and data capabilities. The third solution is the iPhone Rental. This is advantageous for those who need a large screen phone for browsing. Travelers who are used to an iPhone back home also tend to rent this as they are already familiar with the features.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For Israel Compare to Your Current Carrier?
  Cellular Abroad AT&T* Verizon* Sprint* T-Mobile*
Incoming Free $2.50 $1.99 $2.49 $3.59
Outgoing Local $0.32 $2.50 $1.99 $2.49 $3.59
Calls to N. America $0.08 $2.50 $1.99 $2.49 $3.59
3 GB Data(3G) $22 $450 $750 $7,065 $360
* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile’s rates exclude tax which is approximately 20% of the value. In addition, our solution is not a roaming solution and therefore is more reliable and faster.
Information and Talk Rates Chart
Key Features Initial Credit Domestic Talk Rates International Talk Rates to USA/Canada Text / SMS Rates Internet/Data Packages
  • Israeli cell phone number w/ optional US number add-on
  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls from anywhere
  • Affordable data bundles
  • Voicemail
  • SMS Text Messaging
  • 40 NIS
  • 2 hrs International*
    30 mins = Domestic
  • Incoming Free
  • Outgoing 1.22 NIS
  • Incoming Free
  • 0.29 NIS
  • Incoming Free
  • $0.17 USD Domestic
  • $0.28 USD International
  • 79 NIS for 3GB
  • 149 NIS for Unlimited (up to 15GB)
    4.04 NIS w/out a data plan

Talk rates are expressed in NIS (Shekels). In US Dollars, a local call is approximately $0.35 while calls back to the USA or Canada about $0.10 per minute. All incoming calls are free. Data rates are approximately $22 for 3GB or $45 for the unlimited plan. Data packages are valid for up to 30 days from activation.


Ordering one of our rental phones for use in Israel is a simple process. Either order online or speak to one of our expert advisors at 1-800-287-5072 and they can place the order for you. Be sure to add the option US phone number if required and to order additional vouchers. The vouchers can be used for data or calling. Time permitting, we deliver the Phone Rental 2 business days prior to you departure using UPS or FedEx. We can deliver the following day (except Sunday) for those with immediate departures


You will receive a fully charged Rental Phone, complete with a convenient travel pouch and international chargers and plug adapters and simple instructions. If you have any questions, please call us or email us.


Your Phone Rental is ready to go. When you arrive at your overseas destination, simply turn it on and wait for your phone to display the Orange Network. If you need to activate data, please do so according to the instructions we provide.

Returning your Rental Phone

We will send you a prepaid FedEx Ground return label with your package. Please retain it and, upon return from your trip, drop off the package at FedEx (as per instructions) within 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. Cellular Abroad will charge late fees at their own discretion if the return shipping date is later than 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. For more information, see Cellular Abroad's full Terms & Conditions.

Important FAQs for Rentals

  • When do I order?
    You can order as far in advance as you like - even months prior to your departure. We will ship your rental at the appropriate date in order for you to receive it prior to your departure. Rentals are shipped ground or express service and will arrive 2 business days prior to your set departure date.
  • How many minutes do I have?
    Along with your rental you are purchasing an initial $20.00 credit voucher which will start you off with about 30 minutes of calls within Israel or 1 20 minutes of calls back to the US or Canada Additional vouchers may be purchased from Cellular Abroad or from many retailers throughout Israel.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $20 for initial talk-time voucher (1 per phone) plus any additional vouchers
    • US number add-on (optional)
    • Insurance (optional)
    • Round-trip shipping and handling fee (see below).
  • How much is shipping?
    If you order at least 2 weeks in advance, round-trip Ground shipping is only $12.88. If you are leaving soon, we offer round-trip 2-day Express for $29.96, or Overnight Express for $39.96. Rentals will arrive 2 business days prior to your set departure date.
  • What is the latest I can order a rental phone?
    You can order up to one business day prior to your departure as long as you call in before to 1:30pm Pacific Time. Exceptions can be made on a limited basis, even if you are leaving early in the morning - we can usually get your phone to you. Please call our 800 number (rather than order via the web) in order to confirm that we can get you a phone rental on time.
  • When do I get the phone?
    You will receive your cell phone rental two days prior to your departure, unless you require next day delivery.
  • Does the cell phone come charged?
    Yes it does, but it’s always best to test the battery and charge phone before your departure.
  • Can I charge this phone on my trip?
    Yes, you will receive an international charger and relevant plug adapters, so you can charge the phone in the U.S. or at your destination.
  • How do I return the phone?
    Round trip shipping is included in your shipping fee. You will be provided with a return sticker label, which you can put on the box the phone arrived in, or your own box. If using your own box please do not use an extremely oversized box. (Canadian rental customers click here)
  • What happens if I cancel?
    If your rental has not shipped, you will only be charged a 5% reserve fee. If your rental has been sent out, you are responsible for the one week rental fee plus the shipping fee.
  • Are there any surcharges or hidden fees?
    Unless you are roaming outside of the country or countries for which your service is offered, the rates are fixed according to our posted rate chart and coverage areas. All rental customers are subject to our Terms & Conditions.
  • What will the rates be for people calling me from the US?
    That depends on the international long distance rates charged by their Long Distance Company or international calling card.
  • Does Cellular Abroad offer insurance against loss or damage?
    Yes, rental insurance is available for $19.50 as an add-on once you add your item to the cart. See what is covered here.

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