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Internet & Communications in Israel

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By phone

Israel’s international country code is +972.

  • 01x numbers are international access codes when calling abroad from Israel. also available “00”, and “+”.
  • 05x numbers are cellular lines or mobiles.
  • 07x numbers are for landlines operated by VoB and VoIP technologies.
  • 0x2 numbers are used for Palestinian land lines.

When calling within Israel, you can either dial the number exactly (without spaces or hyphens, and replacing the “+” symbol with the international access code), or you can dial the number as it appears in Wikivoyage (without spaces and hyphens and replacing the “+” symbol with the international access code) (optional). When the party being called is in the same country as the caller, internationally dialed numbers are looped back at the base station) from mobiles (you can keep the address book “universal” – when all numbers are noted in full E.164 format) and many landlines (or replace the “+972” part with a single leading 0).

When dialing +972 2 345 6789 from inside Israel, for example, dial 02 345 6789 or +97223456789 as-is, or 0097223456789.

Please bear in mind that the assignment of dialing codes to specific businesses may be incorrect, since subscribers may retain their phone number even if they leave or change phone providers. New 050 numbers, for example, are assigned to the Pelephone business, but customers may transfer carriers and retain their 050 number even if they get service from Cellcom, which is typically recognized by the 052 code.

0x – Area codes

For land lines operated by the national phone provider -Bezeq, the 0x area codes are utilized. Other landline providers have their own area codes.

  • 02 – Jerusalem area
  • 03 – Tel Aviv-Yafo and the center
  • 04 – North
  • 08 – South & Shfela
  • 09 – Sharon
  • 0x2 – Paltel (Palestinian operator)

01x – International access codes

If you wish to call home from Israel, you must first decide which provider you will use to make your international call.

The ’00’ access code for international calls is only accessible on phone lines that have selected one of the long distance carriers as their preferred provider in advance (i.e., pay phones).

  • 012 – Smile
  • 013 – Netvision
  • 014 – Bezeq International
  • 017 – Hot Mobile
  • 018 – Xfone
  • 019 -Telzar

The 018 prefix denotes a VOIP operator. As a result, it has the lowest rate but a poorer line quality.

05x – Cellular carriers

  • 050 – Pelephone (literally “miracle phone”, the first cellular operator in Israel. “Pelephone” has became a generic name for cellular phone in Israel).
  • 052 – Cellcom
  • 053 – Hot mobile
  • 054 – Orange
  • 055- MVNO (Mobile virtual network operators)
  • 056 – Wataniya Mobile (Palestinian operator)
  • 057 – Mirs (old network of “Hot mobile”, numbers are in transition to 053 – the rest of the number is unchanged)
  • 058 – Golan Telecom
  • 059 – Jawwal (Palestinian operator)

07x – Countrywide landline codes

  • 072 – 012 Smile
  • 073-2/3 – Cellcom
  • 073-7 – 013 Netvision
  • 074-7 – Partner (Orange)
  • 076-5 – 014 Bezeq international
  • 077 – HOT

Cellphone rentals and prepaid phone service

You may hire a cellphone for usage in Israel either before or after your trip from a number of companies (a short Google search will give you plenty of such vendors)

Renting a smartphone with a sim card included is sometimes less expensive than renting only a sim card. Israel Phone Rentals, for example, provides the benefits of a sim card rental without the hassle of bringing your own phone to Israel.

You may purchase a SIM card if you have a GSM phone with no SIM lock.

Prepaid SIM cards are sold across Israel at Pelephone (Talk & Go), Cellcom (Talk Man), and Orange (bigtalk) phone shops. Pelephone, Cellcom, or Orange will have a kiosk or store in almost every retail center.

Roaming with your own device

Israel now supports all available networks, including GSM/UMTS (Pelephone, Cellcom, and Orange), CDMA (Pelephone), and iDen (Pelephone) (Hot Mobile, gradually being phased-out). In any event, you should verify with your carrier ahead of time regarding roaming options and device compatibility. Otherwise, turning off data services, particularly any automated update/download of your email, is a good idea. Otherwise, you may be in for a rude awakening when you receive your next phone bill! Many shops near major tourist attractions, including your accommodation, sell local SIM cards.

Public payphones

There are many public phones strewn around, most of which lack a booth (just a phone on a pole). Hotels, post offices, major bus terminals, and railway stations all provide public phones. These phones utilize a Telecard, which is now a scratch-off pre-paid calling card that works exclusively with pay phones and can be bought at post offices and certain shops (the original Telecard was phased out when the final factory that produced it closed down), as well as regular calling cards. Some phones, such as those found in hotels and post offices, also take credit cards. Because more devout Jews tend to frown on modern mobile phones with Internet access and other features, public phones are extremely popular in Jerusalem and other Jewish-religious regions.

A map of public phones is available (click the Google link on the site), although it may be incomplete or out of date.

Privately owned pay phones that allow (outrageous) payment in coins and/or credit cards may also be found. When requested, most storekeepers will provide their own phones (for the aforementioned exorbitant price), regardless of whether or not a (far cheaper) public phone is just 10 seconds away.

In general, if you approach an Israeli waiting at a bus stop and ask, “Efshar sikha?” they will respond, “Efshar sikha?” They are likely to let you use their phone if you ask, “Can I make a call?” Because most mobile phone plans provide unlimited calling, they are not charged for this.


Mobile internet is less expensive than in the United States, and it is suggested that you utilize it in conjunction with your mobile phone plan.

Although free Wi-Fi is available on buses and in cafés, it is not ubiquitous.


The Jerusalem Post is an English-language daily newspaper produced in Israel. The Times of Israel is a newer Jerusalem-based online daily that publishes in English, Arabic, French, Persian, and Mandarin (Chinese). Ynet, Israel Hayom (today), Globes, and Haaretz are among the other major Israeli newspapers have an English language component on their websites. Vesti (Russian: еcти) is the most widely read Russian-language newspaper in Israel, while Panorama and A-Snarah are two prominent Arabic newspapers. Where there is a need, local newspapers in various languages may be provided.

Radio / TV

  • The radio station “IBA world” transmits in a variety of languages, including English, Russian, and Spanish. It may be heard on 100.3MHz, 100.5MHz, 101.3MHz, and 101.8MHz FM frequencies. Local culture and news are included on the show.
  • “IBA news” is a daily English-language television newscast that airs on “Channel 33.” (Israeli Arabic channel).
  • i24news is an online television channel that offers a variety of programs concerning Israel. There is an English version, as well as Arabic and French versions.
  • Almost all television channels broadcast all programs in their original language, with Hebrew subtitles (sometimes with additional Russian or Arabic subtitles). Shows for young children that are dubbed into Hebrew are the most frequent outliers.
  • Other Israeli radio stations often air interviews and entire radio programs in English at random.

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