Friday, May 24, 2013

Best and Cheapest Cellphone Plans in Israel - Updated for May 2013

Cell Phone Plan Comparison
Updated May 2013

Much has happened since my last update on cellphone packages.  The cellphone scene in Israel has heated up.  Number portability, new cellphone players and competition in the cell phones device market has made using the cellphone more affordable.

It has been a while since my last update so I thought I would summarize the various players plans.  There are fine print conditions and unique specials and promos all the time so I would suggest that if there is a plan that catches your eye on my summary, you should spend some time investigating the unique aspects of the plan.  Remember there are no contracts that tie you in for a specific period, so if you make a mistake and find something better after signing up, don't worry and make a change.

You should also be aware that there is a SIM charge by each carrier.  I have not included this charge in the price comparison.

Although the newer phones will work on most of the networks, you should check with the carrier if your existing phone will work on their network.  If not, you will need to purchase a new phone.

If you have found my summary helpful, I ask that you +1 my blog.  Happy talking.

My cellphone plan comparison chart can be found here.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Proven method for reducing your Internet bill (in Israel)

Here are the steps:

1.  Call up your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and ask them to give you the best price for staying.
2.  Call up a competing ISP and ask them for the best price to switch.
3.  Call up your ISP and ask them if they will match or better the competing ISP's price.
4.  If the answer is no, to step 3, then switch.  Today it is very easy to switch and it will happen within 24 hours.
5.  Within 24-48 hours you will receive a phone call from your original ISP with a better price and possibly even a present :)

The down side is that you may have to switch your settings in your router (twice).  The upside is you get a big (at least 50%) discount on your current rate and you get that great feeling that you have out-smarted the crazy marketing tactics of the telecom companies in Israel.

Remember, never go for the package deal of ISP plus line (Tashtit).  As ISP prices drop and they do, you will be in the best position to negotiate and ensure the best rates.