Phones in Israel

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May 22nd, 2005, 09:50 AM
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Phones in Israel

Hi, Ill be in Israel for about 6 weeks this summer and I was wondering if anyone knows the best way to get a cellphone there (to call home in Canada and to call people in Israel cheaply!). Or, is there a better (and more economically-efficient) way to make calls (ie calling cards, etc...). Thanks!
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May 23rd, 2005, 05:55 PM
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Whenever traveling to Israel we rent a cell phone from Travelcell.com which has good rates, both within Israel and to the USA and Canada.

BTW, incoming phone calls in Israel are free when using cell phones.
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May 30th, 2005, 03:35 AM
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If you have a Verizon cell phone service in the US, you can now use your phone in Israel. The cost per minute is about 69 cents. Check with Verizon. It sure beats getting a new # and having to rent a new phone.
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May 30th, 2005, 10:51 AM
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I am not so sure, geriatric. After checking the rates from TravelCell, I sure don't see it financially logical to take my Verizon phone with me...

Unless, of course, you're in a business in which you must answer EVERY SINGLE phone call, not miss anything, as if you're still at home...
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:36 PM
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I used Amigo on a recent trip, and the price was reasonable. 39 cents a minute to the US, and 29 cents a minute for local calls, with all incoming calls free.
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Jun 5th, 2005, 01:51 PM
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Last time I was in Israel, I purchased a $10 phone card and was able to call are a bit higher during the day but due to the time change, I just called home in the evening there, daytime here.
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Jun 6th, 2005, 06:26 PM
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I don't think you're talking about using a CELL PHONE, edie...

I just got my cell phone from TravelCell for my brother who's leaving in a couple days for Israel. I rented it for a month. The rate for local call within Israel is:

13 cents per minute to a local land line, or to a "Cellcom" cell phone

31 cents to any other cell phone

31 cents to the USA or Canada

Rental is $8 and insurance is $7 total.

Shipping is $15 each way.

I think this is a good deal.
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