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Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

SIM cards and local service are also inexpensive - maybe $15 a month for unlimited calls/data, as well as free calls to the US and 50 other countries (with a virtual US number). - Aug 19, 2017
As of 2013 competition with cell phones resulted in no more expensive long term contracts. Bring your unlocked phone and you can get extremely good rates (anywhere from $10-$30 a month) for unlimited calls and texts to the States with generous internet roaming in country. Only complaint is that automatic billing doesn't always happen automatically and that can mean your service will be interrupted if you havent verified with your credit card bill that payments have been made. - Oct 24, 2016
There are options here and I went with a local provider, Golan. About U.S. $7.00 (no not a typo) a month, they have a plan for U.S. $25 which gives you a U.S. number and can use it in the other countries. - Jul 25, 2016
Local cell and data service prices are generally cheaper than the U.S. Major local companies include Pelephone, Golan and Partner. Golan has very good English-language support. - Apr 12, 2016
You will need one. If you bring an unlocked one you can check around for deals from local providers. - Nov 18, 2014
I have a work one, so I am not sure. - Apr 10, 2013
Not really. Local contracts are easily obtained. Rates are comparable to USA. - Aug 14, 2010
Get one. Israelis live and die by their cellphones and iPhones. Roaming charges to the US are incredibly expensive. - Jul 26, 2010
Prepaid SIM cards are available everywhere. - Feb 27, 2009
Cell phone usage is quite inexpensive - you don't pay for incoming calls as you do in the U.S. But the phone itself is quite expensive. - Sep 19, 2008
Not very expensive. Many options available. - Jul 2, 2008