Keeping in Touch in Israel
Israel is a highly developed country with extremely advanced technology and communication services. New arrivals 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
The internet in Israel is usually both fast and reliable. There are many public 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.
Expats in Israel do not need landlines for internet access. Nevertheless, home internet connections are usually something a tenant will have to organise themselves, and they are not automatically included in the rent.
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.
Most of the same companies that provide internet services also provide packages for international calling. Prices vary slightly from company to company; however, due to competition, prices are generally quite reasonable.
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.
Major companies providing mobile phone services in Israel include Cellcom, HOT, Orange, Pelephone and Golan Telecom. Each company offers its own packages and deals, so expats should be able to find a package that suits their needs.
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.
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 websites.
There are a number of providers of cable television in Israel, each providing different types of packages. 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.
The most convenient access to news is through the internet. News is broadcast in English on the radio and television at certain times of the day.
Two English newspapers are published in Israel, The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz, both of which are available both online and in print.