Landlines in Israel
In the past decade, Israel has undergone a revolution in the telephone industry, and while there was only one landline provider in the mid-2000s, there now exist more than six landline providers, with more every year.
There are three different categories of landline infrastructure in Israel, each with its pros and cons:
- Physical Landlines (Bezeq): Originally the sole telephone provider in Israel, Bezeq provides the only physical landline infrastructure in the country. Many view Bezeq as the most reliable service in the market. Their landlines do not require electricity, and will continue to work in a power outage.
- Cable Landlines (HOT): HOT provides a landline over its cable infrastructure, and as such will usually bundle their service at a discount with internet or cable TV. While HOT landlines do not require internet access to function, they do need running electricity, and will be useless in a power outage.
- Voice over Broadband (VOB) Landlines: Using a relatively new technology that allows phone calls to be made via a high-speed internet connection, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer a VOB landline at dramatically low prices. The technology is still maturing and is sometimes prone to issues of quality, but it is consistently improving.
Call rates vary among service providers, some charging a monthly fee, some per minute, and some based on peak (זמן שיא) and offpeak (זמן שפל) hours. In addition, there might be different rates between calls to other landlines, cellphones, and fax machines. In Israel, all incoming calls are free.
There is usually a one-time fee for setting up a landline phone. In addition, providers usually charge extra for services such as voicemail and caller ID.
We suggest using a plan comparison site to determine which provider and phone plan to choose.