Keeping in Touch in Israel

Israel is a highly developed country with extremely advanced technological and communication services. Expats in Israel will find that all services required for keeping in touch, both domestically and abroad, are easily available at reasonable prices.
 

Internet in Israel


Expats moving to Israel will have no problems keeping in touch
The Internet in Israel works extremely well, with access usually both fast and reliable. There are many Wi-Fi areas (such as coffee houses and hotels) for those using their own laptop. Internet cafés are also available throughout Israel, especially in its metropolitan areas.
 
Two companies provide the majority of private Internet infrastructure in Israel: Bezek and HOT. Bezek is ideal for those after basic internet, whereas HOT provides additional services, including television and landlines. Expats in Israel do not need landlines in order to have Internet access. Nevertheless, home Internet connections are usually something a tenant will have to organise themselves, and are not automatically included in the rent.
 
Skype, MSN Messenger and Google Talk are all accessible and widely used in Israel. Smartphone chat applications, such as Blackberry Messenger and WhatsApp, are equally available and very popular.
 
Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as LinkedIn, are also widely used, with no restrictions or censorship.
 

Landline telephones in Israel


Communication by landline is very efficient and inexpensive. Prices vary according to different packages and the length of the phone call.
 

International telephone calling

Most of the same companies that provide Internet services also provide packages for international telephone calling. Prices vary slightly from company to company; however, due to competition, they are generally all quite reasonable.
 
There is no difference in price between morning and night-time hours, so the price is the same no matter the time of day. Expats in Israel can also buy international calling cards, which usually work out cheaper than other options.
 

Mobile phones in Israel


Mobile phones are the preferred form of communication in Israel. Many residents only use their mobile phones and do not have landlines.
 
Due to intense competition, prices have gone down considerably in recent years. As such, mobile phone use will be quite low on an expat’s list of monthly expenses.
 
Major companies providing mobile phone services in Israel include Cellcom, HOT, Orange, Pelephone and Golan Telecom. Each company offers its own packages and deals, and expats can sign up for a package with no time commitment, which is a huge advantage.

If expats bring their own phone, there is a one-time fee of approximately ILS 100 to change the SIM. Phone packages can also include unlimited international calls to over 40 different destinations, but this is usually restricted to landlines.

There are also pay-as-you-go options, whereby expats can load credit onto a SIM card without having to commit to a contract.
 

Postal services in Israel


The Israeli postal service is both efficient and reliable, with many branches throughout the country. The post office provides a wide variety of services in addition to mailing letters and packages. Post offices in Israel provide services that include banking, currency exchange and Western Union transfers.  
 

English-language media

 
While Hebrew and Arabic are the two official languages in Israel, English is widely used. All service providers have an option for English communication, and all large businesses and services have an option for English on their website.
 

Television

Two companies provide cable television in Israel: HOT and YES. There are many different channels to choose from and expats can choose a package suited to their individual needs. Many series and films on Israeli television are in English. They usually have Hebrew subtitles but are not dubbed, so English-speaking viewers can see them in their original form. Cable television is not normally included in rent.
 

News

The most convenient access to news is through the Internet. All international news services are available, including CNN and The New York Times. Gmail, Walla, Yahoo and MSN also have English news items. News is broadcast in English on the radio and television at certain times of the day. 
 

Newspapers

Two English newspapers are published in Israel, The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz. They are available online and printed versions of the Jerusalem Post and the Herald Tribute are available in bookstores and newsagents in metropolitan areas.

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