Virtual phone number in Israel
Have your own phone number in Israel for a few dollars per month – or even for free. Incoming calls can be forwarded anywhere worldwide at the cost of a local call.
In this article we will explain how it works and how you can get a virtual phone number in Israel now.
A virtual number is a real phone number
People calling your Israeli virtual phone number will have the same experience as if calling a regular local number.
When you make calls from your number – people you call will see your number before answering.
You can get your phone number in Israel here.
Different types of numbers
In Israel there are four types of numbers that you can purchase as virtual phone numbers.
- City numbers
These phone numbers are related to a city, such as 3 for Tel Aviv or 2 for Jerusalem. There are many area codes in Israel.
- National numbers
These numbers are not related to any city and are mainly used by businesses. National numbers start with 77.
- Mobile numbers
Regular mobile numbers – but not connected to a SIM card. These numbers start with 55.
- Toll free numbers
These numbers are free for the caller to call – as long as they are calling from within Israel. Toll free numbers start with 1809. The owner of the phone number pays an extra per minute fee for all calls received.
Who can buy a phone number in Israel?
Anyone in the world can buy a phone number in Israel. You do not need to be a citizen of Israel or live there to buy one.
You can try a Israeli number for a couple of days for free by starting a free trial now. If you like the way it works, you can keep it.
If you take no action, the number will be removed automatically and there is no cost for you
What does it cost?
The cost for having a virtual phone number in Israel is based on the following components.
- Monthly cost
From $2.99 – or free if you also use our free Business Messenger at your website.
- Calls and call forwarding
Costs as a local call.
- Optional add on services
Voice response, call recording requires that you have a paid plan (starts at $9.95 per user and month). This includes free calls, call forwarding and free phone numbers.
The easiest way to answer incoming calls to your Israeli phone number is to forward all calls to your regular mobile phone number or to a landline number.
When you receive a forwarded call, you can see the number of the caller – or the virtual number they called – dependent on your settings.
Call forwarding worldwide costs like a regular local call.
There are many other options available for call forwarding, such as answering calls with voice response, sending calls to team members etc.
The person you call can see your number. You can chose if you want to show one of your Sonetel numbers or your regular mobile number.
You will be charged local call rates for the calls you make.
SMS is supported on mobile number. Other types of numbers do not support SMS. You will get incoming SMS delivered by email to your email address.
If you want to add voice response to your phone number (“For sales, press one…”.) you need to have a paid plan. This gives you access to the “Voice apps”.
Text-to-speech can be used to create the messages to be played to callers. Simply type in the message you want converted into an audio message. You can also upload audio files or record new messages with your phone.
Only use call recording if you can do it without breaking any laws in the country of the phone number, or in the countries where you – and the person you are talking to – is in.
Here are the options.
- Free for your website
You can have a Israeli city or national number for free, if you also install our free Business Messenger for at your web site and use it for answering questions from customers.
- Free with Plans
Premium and Business are optional “all-inclusive” plans that are charged per user and month. They include free phone numbers for every user in your team.
- Pay for it
You can subscribe with monthly renewal, or 1-year or 3-years. The longer the subscription – the lower the monthly cost. You pay in advance for the entire subscription period. You can turn off auto-renewal whenever you want.
How to get an Israeli number for free
Sonetel’s founder and CEO, Henrik Thomé explains how you can get your virtual phone number in Israel for free.
Are there any limitations?
Yes, there are different limitations, dependent on what type of subscription you have.