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Things to Do and See at the Sea of Galilee

Israel’s renowned Sea of Galilee is actually a lake, known also as Lake Kinneret. The Sea of Galilee, is the largest fresh water reservoir in Israel and as such, during the winter months, it’s an Israeli national pastime to discuss the water level of the Kinneret. The beaches that surround the lake are unique, each with different sceneries.

Ideas for a Family Activity at the Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Water Sports and Recreation

Most of the beaches at the Sea of Galilee offer various types of water sports and water activities, such as boating, canoeing, fishing, and much more. Children can enjoy the 3 water parks alongside the Kinneret.

Shay – Sea of Galilee Sail

Shay Zisserman owns and operates “Sail on the Sea of Galilee” and provides an amazing experience filled with family fun, possibly a highlight of your trip. Shay is a professional Captain and Skipper with years of experience.  Last year, Shay bought his own Pikilos speed boat and takes his visitors on an amazing first-class sail on the Sea of Galilee.

The Pikilos speed boat can accommodate a group of up to 12 people. Shay will take you along the beautiful shores of the Sea of Galilee and show you the amazing views of the Golan Heights. If you want more action, he can inflate a large circular rubber tube which can be towed behind the boat at fast speeds. No experience necessary! Talented and experienced riders try to jump the waves created by the boat’s wake and become airborne. Shay also allows you to drive the boat and he offers a remarkable VIP service, at reasonable rates. We actually tested our NES Mobile pocket WiFi devices and phones on the lake and had reception virtually everywhere on the lake!

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You can book a trip with Shay through his website: www.seaofgalileesail.com  or through his email: shay3494@walla.com, Tel: +972-52-284-2029

Don’t forget to mention NES Mobile to receive a 10% discount!

Mount Arbel Overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Mount Arbel Overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Mount Arbel Overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Mount Arbel is a vertical cliff, towering high above and overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon. The Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hikers and has various trails which vary in length and level of difficulty.  The trails include magnificent views of the Galilee and you can stop in a cave-fortress and ruins of an ancient synagogue. The Arbel peak, at 181 meters above sea level, is actually 380 meters above the surrounding area (since much of the area is below sea level).

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile is a leading provider of communication services for visitors to Israel, offering NES Mobile pocket WiFi rentals, phones and Israel SIM cards.

Get the Right Israel SIM Card Size for Your Phone

All our NES Mobile Israel SIM cards work the same way, they just come in different sizes. Your smart phone, iPad or tablet is designed to take one particular sized SIM, therefore, it’s important to make sure to order the right size Israeli SIM for your specific device. There are currently three types of SIM cards: A Regular size SIM (aka – Full Size SIM), a Micro SIM, and a Nano SIM. So, before you order your Israel SIM card plan from NES Mobile, make sure you order the right size Israel SIM card.

Israel SIM Card sizes - Regular, Micro and Nano

Israel SIM Card sizes – Regular, Micro and Nano

Using the Correct Israel SIM Card Size

These are a few ways to find out which Israel SIM card size you need for your device:

  • Take a look at the product user guide manual for your device.
  • Call your provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked and ask for your Israel SIM card size.
  • If your device isn’t listed, simply size up the SIM tray against the SIM.
  • If you’re still unsure what you need, check out the guide below.
  • If you’re still unsure please check with your device manufacturer or provider, to avoid damaging the device with the wrong SIM.

General Guide to Which Israel SIM Size my Device Takes?

Here’s a guide for some of the more popular devices and the SIM cards sizes they require in order to work. PLEASE NOTE: This is just a suggestion guide, models do vary at times and it is solely the customer’s responsibility to order the correct Israeli SIM card.

 

Apple

iPhone 3GS Regular SIM
iPhone 4 Micro SIM
iPhone 4S Micro SIM
iPhone 5 Nano SIM
iPhone 5C Nano SIM
iPhone 5S Nano SIM
iPhone 6 Nano SIM
iPhone 6 Plus Nano SIM
iPad with Retina Display (3rd gen) Micro SIM
iPad 4 Micro SIM
iPad Air Nano SIM
iPad Air 2 Nano SIM

 

HTC

8X Micro SIM
Desire 310 Regular SIM
Desire 320 Micro SIM
Desire 601 Micro SIM
One M7 Micro SIM
One M8 Nano SIM
One M8s Nano SIM
One M9 Nano SIM
One SV Micro SIM
One X Micro SIM

 

Huawei

Ascend G6 Micro SIM
Ascend Mate 7 Micro SIM
G300 / G300+ Regular SIM

 

LG

G3 Micro SIM
Spirit Micro SIM

 

Microsoft

208 Micro SIM
Lumia 630 Micro SIM
Lumia 640 XL Micro SIM
Lumia 735 Micro SIM
Lumia 925 Micro SIM
Lumia 930 Nano SIM
Lumia 1320 Micro SIM

 

Samsung

Ace Micro SIM
Galaxy A3 Nano SIM
Galaxy A5 Nano SIM
Galaxy Core Prime Micro SIM
Galaxy Express Micro SIM
Galaxy S III Micro SIM
Galaxy S4 Micro SIM
Galaxy S5 Micro SIM
Galaxy S6 / S6 edge Nano SIM
Galaxy Note 4 Micro SIM
Galaxy Note Edge Micro SIM
Galaxy Tab 3 Micro SIM
Galaxy Tab 4 Micro SIM
Galaxy Young Regular SIM
Manhattan Regular SIM
Pocket Neo Micro SIM

 

Sony

Xperia S Micro SIM
Xperia TX Micro SIM
Xperia Z Micro SIM
Xperia Z2 Micro SIM
Xperia Z3 Nano SIM

 

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile has communication solutions for anyone visiting Israel. NES Mobile offers FREE DELIVERY in the USA, so you can have your Israeli SIM card prior to your departure. NES Mobile offers Israeli SIM card plans for students and long-term rentals, as well as Israeli SIM card plans for tourists.

 

 

Free Shipping across the USA

If you’re planning on traveling to Israel, order in advance and get FREE SHIPPING in the USA. To ensure timely delivery, orders must be placed at least 10 days prior to your departure date.

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Free Shipping now available in the USA

For more information: Free USA Shipping of Israeli Phones, SIM cards and MiFi devices.


Take advantage of the  NES Mobile Holidays Early Bird Special

Order 2 Lines, 2 Weeks in Advance, Save $20!

Order early and save money on your Israel SIM cards, MiFi rentals or Israel phones.

The Cost of Free WiFi in Israel

Whether you visit Israel or other countries, people on vacation are always trying to get free WiFi. Unfortunately, some crooks will try to use it to their advantage and use the open public wireless networks to steal information from unsuspecting users. This global trend is affecting unsuspecting surfers across the world.

Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, Departure Hall - Free Wifi

Picture Credit Vladislav Bezrukov – Flickr: Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, Departure Hall

Free WiFi Open Networks

Free open WiFi allows users to connect to a hotspot which is open and free for all to use. Such open networks are often found in hotels, coffee shops and many other locations. Hacking into another computer on an open free WiFi network is not that easy. In all likelihood, the free wireless router is not under the control of someone with malicious intent and hacking expertise to manipulate it. Most wireless routers have a firewall, as well as password protection to limit those who can access it.

So Am I Protected if the Open Free WiFi Network is Password Protected?

Actually no… Using a password on an open free WiFi network will prevent those who do not have a password from accessing the network and does mitigate the risks. However, that doesn’t mean you’re protected from others who are connected to the same network and have the expertise to hack into your computer. With the right skills and know-how, it is remarkably easy to steal someone’s username and password, or see what they’re doing, just by being on the same network.

The Solutions:

Avoid Open WiFi Networks – Rent a MiFi

NES Mobile MiFi - Unlimited Internet Pocket Wifi

NES Mobile MiFi – Unlimited Internet Pocket Wifi

It’s actually easier than is sounds. There are other solutions out there one can use as an alternative. If you’re visiting Israel, NES Mobile’s MiFi device (AKA pocket WiFi) is a great alternative. The MiFi can provide unlimited and protected WiFi and data reception throughout Israel. If you are visiting friends and family, you can use their home or office network to stay connected. You can also simply rent a NES Mobile SIM cards and use your phone as a hot spot.

Visit Only Encrypted HTTPS Sites

If you’re still confined to using only an open free WiFi network, you can try to make use of HTTPS on an encrypted HTTP as much as possible. Using HTTPS encrypts the data traffic and keep it away from cyber offenders. Also be sure to enable SSL before using it for certain applications that require connection to the internet, such as Outlook. (If you didn’t understand this last paragraph, you are not alone… But you can ask any “techie” and they will explain…)

Enable Firewall and Restrict Sharing

Most laptops come with basic firewalls. Simply go into the settings to ensure that the firewall is indeed enabled and working. You may have settings enabling you to share files, printers or even allow remote logins from other computers on your home or office network. When you’re on a public open WiFi be sure to turn these sharing settings off to prevent sharing with unwanted strangers.

Let NES Mobile keep you connected while visiting Israel. We offer competitive prices, with no hidden fees. You get the best network coverage in Israel with friendly and helpful Customer Service in English.

Israel Winter activities

Israel’s comfortable weather allows tourists to enjoy all it has to offer year-round. However, there are some activities that one can only experience in Israel during the winter.

The Chanuka Season – Oil, Lights and Fun!

Donuts in Israel during the winter. Israel winter treats.

What’s your favorite Israeli donut? Israel winter treats.

To many, the Chanuka season officially starts right after Sukkot – that’s when sufganyot (donuts) begin to appear in bakeries EVERYWHERE! Donuts, fried in oil, have replaced the potato latke as the official Chanuka food! The jelly donut has been the standard delicacy for years – but it’s rapidly losing ground to donuts filled with anything from chocolate, caramel or vanilla cream to fruit fillings, etc. They vary in sizes and flavors. Try them all!

From “Mr. Donuts” to the big bakery chains to the small makolets (local Igrocery stores in Israel), the search for the best donuts in Israel during the winter is a delicious challenge! To get you started on your search, see Top 13: Places to eat doughnuts in Israel

Lights

From the huge chanukiyot (Chanuka menorahs) you will find at many major intersections and entrances to cities, towns, moshavim, kibbutzim, and yishuvim, the Chabad organization makes sure to light them each night of Chanukah, to offer everyone – especially those who might not be able to light one at home, a chance to participate in this special mitzvah!

 

Take a walk through the neighborhoods (especially in Jerusalem through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the neighborhood of Nachlaot), where you can see the many beautiful and originally designed chanukiyot in the windows of private homes and public buildings, as well as in the glass-framed boxes found in courtyards and doorways – all prominently displayed to publicize the miracle of Chanuka!

 

Replica of the Temple menorah, made by The Temple Institute

Replica of the Temple menorah, made by The Temple Institute in Jerusalem

For another variation on activities with lights, check out The Night Spectacular, a sound and light show at the ancient citadel in Jerusalem. It’s a spectacular multimedia show (lasting about 45 minutes) where the audience, seated among the archeological ruins of the citadel’s courtyard, is treated to historical scenes from the Crusaders to the Turks and the British… – a perfect activity, well-suited to Chanuka. For more information, see: http://www.towerofdavid.org.il/English/Night_Spectacular_Performance_Schedule

Snow! Ice! Israel Winter…

Sometimes during the winter in Israel, especially in the higher altitudes (Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Mt. Hermon, etc.), Israel is “treated” to the wonders of snow during the winter! An inch or two of snow is treated as a foot or two in places like New York City – as the cities with the snow totally shut down! Kids pray for it to last long enough to play and the improvised snow equipment (plastic bags over sneakers to keep the moisture out, heavy socks on hands for warmth ; cardboard boxes and trays for sledding) become more creative all the time!

When the snow falls up north, you can visit Mt. Hermon, which opens for skiing and “real” snow play (sledding, tubing or just building snow forts, snowmen, etc.). It’s fun for the whole family!

Israel Winter at Safed -Tzfat

גליה דוידסון. מתוך אתר פיקיוויקי Israel Winter at Safed -Tzfat

 

Israel Winter – Flexibility is the Key!

צילום:דר אבישי טייכר. מתוך אתר פיקיוויקי

Israel’s north is a beautiful place to hike and explore – everything is green and filled with colorful flowers, the beauty is there to behold. The Galilee area especially (Bet She’an and the surrounding area), has a small chance of rain, though it is usually too cold to swim. You can enjoy the hot springs in Hamat Gader – especially pleasant when the weather is chilly.

Hamat Gader is a 40 acre park on the south-eastern part of the Kinneret. It is Israel’s oldest and largest spa. Explore ancient Roman baths or relax in thermal mineral pools circulating every four hours at a temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. Enjoy the Jacuzzi beds and chairs, water jets, a hot waterfall and a bubble pool.

Location: Northern, Sea of Galilee

Address: Hamat Gader

Website: hamat-gader.com

Head on South to Ein Gedi

While you run the risk of a few rainy days in the north, if you can be flexible, when the rain comes, head to Israel’s south.

If you’re coming to Israel winter time, plan your days according to the weather reports, which you could check using NES Mobile’s Israel MiFi with unlimited data or on your smartphone with NES Mobile’s Israel SIM card. There is a high probability of great weather in the south (less chance of rain than in the center or north of the country), without the oppressing heat of the summer. Depending on your idea of fun, you can explore the Negev (national parks close a bit earlier in the winter) and see nature at its best.

Masada, and Ein Gedi are much more pleasant in the winter and you might even get a chance to go into the Dead Sea for a quick dip. There are jeep tours in Mitzpe Ramon and there are many opportunities to explore archeological sites in the Negev.

Remember that Israel is a small country and you can make the Masada area a day trip – finishing off the day back in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv (or other cities) where the nightlife is much more active.

Israel Winter Flood Watching and Watching for Floods!

Ein Gedi - Israel

צולם ע”י מני גל, עין-גדי

One of Israel’s most dangerous natural occurrences, flash floods, have been known to sweep across the Negev Desert every so often the winter. Each year, hikers and travelers are caught unprepared and stranded. The speed and power at which the water floods the desert landscape is dazzling. Traveling in the south during the winter should always and only be done in coordination with weather reports and travel advisories.

As dangerous as being caught unprepared in these flash floods can be, when watching from a safe viewpoint, the flash floods can be beautiful and amazing. The water rejuvenates the desert, transforming the golden sands into dazzling rivers. In recent years, many tourists go down south to watch the floods (from a safe distance) as they develop.

 There is so much to do and see (and eat!) in Israel in the winter. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Let NES Mobile make your stay more convenient. Keep in touch with everyone back home (share your experiences with them)!

Ordering a NES Mobile SIM card with a data plan will give you easy access to travel apps such as:

  • Waze – This app can help you find your way to wherever you need to go in the fastest most efficient way or via a scenic route if you prefer – all over Israel! Waze also provides traffic updates – even police and radar traps.
  • Google Maps – Is also an option for planning routes to where you want to go… By car, public transportation or even by foot!
  • Trip Advisor – One of the best apps for independent travel, Trip Advisor is a wonderful resource to search for restaurants or hotels in Israel.
  • Google Translate can help you communicate – even though almost everyone can speak some English… if you want to try to go “native” and speak the local language, this useful app can help.
  • Instagram – Use this app to take pictures and post them to share with your friends and family.
  • Skype – You can make free video calls, show your friends and family where you are – in real time!
  • Whatsapp – This is one of the most popular messaging apps – how did we ever get along without this one?
  • Gettaxi – a great app for grabbing a taxi.

This is just a small sample of apps that can help make your visit more pleasant.

Let NES Mobile help you access all of these and more at competitive prices, with no hidden fees. You get the best network coverage in Israel and friendly and helpful Customer Service in English.

Selichot Tours

Selichot Tours – Prepare to be Awed!

"Slichot22" מאת Yael Shilo יעל שילה - נוצר על ידי מעלה היצירה. מתפרסם לפי רישיון Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 דרך ויקישיתוף - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Slichot22.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Slichot22.JPG - Selichot at the Kotel

Selichot (in Hebrew סליחות AKA Slichos or Slichot‎) are Jewish poems and prayers of repentance, recited during the period prior to the High Holidays, in preparation for The Days of Awe from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur. While Selichot are prayed in every Synagogue according to the local customs, many Israelis as well as tourists make their way to Jerusalem for Selichot Tours, in search of a meaningful way to experience the month of Elul, the time to repent and ask forgiveness and start anew.

The crisp, cool air is a refreshing change from the heat of the past few months and affords the perfect opportunity to open yourself to self-examination.

The Month of Mercy and Forgiveness Has Begun

There are many ways to get into the mindset for the High Holy Days! You can choose from a variety of organized tours in Jerusalem which focus on this special period in the Jewish calendar.

From a nighttime walk through the alleyways of the Old City and Jewish Quarter, to a trek from one synagogue to another in different historically significant neighborhoods, to a show of stories and poems… There are many options, suitable for the whole family…

Bring comfortable shoes and a jacket and choose the tour that suits you best. There are private Selichot tours, tour groups, tour packages – so many options, you’ll be able to find one to suit your spiritual aspirations as well as your budget. Options include programs in Hebrew or English.

There are nighttime tours through the Old City and the Jewish Quarter which end up at the Kotel (Western Wall) for Selichot. For more information, see: http://www.towerofdavid.org.il/english/activities/general_public/selichot_tours_and_the_night_spectacular.

There is a very special program of stories and poems for the whole family. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the program “Longing for Jerusalem” in the Moat at the Citadel. For more information on this unique experience, see: http://www.funinjerusalem.com/event/family-selichot-tour/2014-09-30/

Take a walk through alleys and picturesque neighborhoods of Yemin Moshe and Nachlaot; participate in Selichot services in a unique neighborhood synagogue as well or experience different musical traditions. For more information on this, see: http://en.avrahamtours.co.il/content/selichot-tour-jerusalem.

Other options for nighttime tours can be found at: http://www.itraveljerusalem.com/tour/selichot-tours-of-the-jewish-quarter/.

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Coming to Israel for the Holidays? Get a NES Mobile SIM and Enjoy Access to Travel Apps

Just some of the benefits of ordering a NES Mobile Israeli SIM card with an unlimited data plan include having access to travel apps such as:

  • Waze – can help you find your way to wherever you need to go in the fastest most efficient way – or via a scenic route if you prefer! Waze also provides traffic updates – even police and radar traps.
  • Google Maps – is also an option for planning routes to where you want to go…
  • Trip Advisor – one of the best apps for independent travel, Trip Advisor is a wonderful resource to search for restaurants or hotels in Israel.
  • Google Translate – can help you communicate – even though almost everyone can speak some English… if you want to try to go “native” and speak the local language, this useful app can help.
  • Instagram – taking pictures and posting them to share…
  • Skype – You can make free video calls, show your friends and family where you are – live!
  • Whatsapp – one of the most popular messaging apps.
  • Gettaxi – a great app for grabbing a taxi.

This is just a small sample of apps that can help make your visit more pleasant. See our Early Bird Holiday specials.

Let NES Mobile help you access all of these and more – at competitive prices, with no hidden fees. You get the best network coverage in Israel and friendly and helpful Customer Service in English.

Shana Tova!

Early Bird Special

NES Mobile Holidays Early Bird Special

If you’re planning on traveling to Israel, take advantage of the NES Mobile Holidays Early Bird Special. Order early and save money on your Israel SIM cards, MiFi rentals or Israel phones.

Order 2 Lines, 2 Weeks in Advance, Save $20!

Presenting the NES Mobile Holidays Early Bird Special – Save $20 – When you order 2 Lines – at least 2 weeks prior to your rental start date. Remember, you only need to pay for the days you’re in Israel, even if you get the SIM cards, Mifi devices or phone ahead of your trip. Added Bonus – Save Another $10 for Each Additional Line.

Sign Up Now! No need for coupon codes, just sign up for 2 lines at least 2 week in advance of the rental, and the discount will be automatically added to your account.

No Deposits!   No Insurance!   No Hidden Fees!

Other Terms & Conditions:

  • No need to return the SIM!   You’re only charged for the days of the rental in Israel, even if you receive the SIMs or Devices several days in advance!
  • Delivery & Pickup across the USA & Israel.
  • Multiple SIMs or Devices in one shipment are considered one shipment.
  • Limited Time Sales Offer.
  • Sale extended until September 30, 2015.
  • Order must be placed for at least 2 lines.
  • Order must be placed at least 14 days prior to start of the rental.
  • Limited availability while supplies last.
  • NES Mobile reserves the right to cancel this special sale at any time.

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile is a provider of cellular services for tourists visiting IsraelNES Mobile provides Israeli SIM cards for all phone models with unlimited call and data packages.

USA Delivery: We can deliver Israeli Phones, SIM cards to your home or office in the USA prior to your departure.

Israeli SIM Card Samsung and Nexus

Israeli SIM cardsYou no longer have to rent a basic phone when you come to Israel. All you need to do is bring your Galaxy, Nexus or any other Smartphone and insert an Israeli SIM into the cell phone. We created these short tutorials and added some demonstration videos to show you how easy and simple it is to bring your own Smartphone to Israel and how to simply insert an Israeli SIM card into your existing Android phone. For instructions on how to insert an Israel SIM card to an iPhone click here.

Israeli SIM Card for Samsung & Nexus Cellphones

Before ordering an Israeli SIM card from NES Mobile, please verify that your cell phone is unlocked and can accept a foreign SIM card. Here are some simple Tutorial videos demonstrating how to replace SIM cards in the various Samsung Galaxy phones as well as various Nexus models.  These steps should only be done once you arrive in Israel.

Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy s4

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Google Nexus 4 (LG)

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There are Five Easy Steps to Replace the SIM Card

  1. Open the back cover: Different models have different ways to remove the back cover of the phone.
  2. Remove the battery: In most cases, you will need to remove the battery in order to access the SIM card slot.
  3. Replace the SIM card: Gently remove the existing SIM card from the slot and replace it with the Israeli SIM card you received from NES Mobile. Be sure to match the gold contact of the SIM card to the contacts in the SIM card slot. Hint: There’s only one way to align the shape of the SIM card correctly.
  4. Place the battery back into position, be sure to match the gold contacts to those on the device.
  5. Place the back cover of the device.

Optional – 9 out of 10 times the above five steps are enough, but at times you may also need to change the data APN settings. You can easily set it up by following the link with instructions on how to set the Data APN settings on an Android phone.

About NES Mobile

NES Mobile is a mobile provider of cellular services for tourists visiting Israel. NES Mobile provides Israeli SIM cards for all phone models with unlimited call and data packages.

USA Delivery: We can deliver your NES Mobile Israeli SIM card to your home or office in the USA prior to your departure.

Israel SIM Card with iPhone

In the past, many travelers to Israel simply rented a basic Israeli cell phone for their local needs. These days, travelers to Israel bring their own iPhone to Israel and simply replace their USA SIM with an Israel SIM card. For Android phones click here. 

iPhone – How to Insert an Israel SIM Card 

iPhone in Israel with an Israel SIM cardIsrael SIM cardsBefore ordering the Israel SIM card from NES Mobile, please verify that your phone is unlocked and can accept a foreign SIM card. You can read more about unlocked phones on our Israel SIM page.

  1. Tool – Use the SIM card eject tool from Apple (or a simple small paper clip will do). Locate the tiny hole for the SIM card tray (on the side of the iPhone 4 and on top of the iPhone 5).
  2. Open the SIM Tray – Put the narrow end of the clip into the hole and push it down gently, but firmly – until the little SIM tray pops out.
  3. Replace the SIM – Gently remove the SIM card from the plastic cradle and insert the NES Mobile Israel SIM card in its place.

Changing SIM for iPhone 5

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Changing SIM for iPhone 4

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Data Settings for iPhone with NES Mobile Israel SIM

These steps should only be done once you arrive in Israel. 9 out of 10 times, the above 3 steps are enough, but at times, you may also need to change the data settings. For more information on changing the iPhone data APN setting for an Israeli SIM from NES Mobile.

Why Order an Israeli SIM from NES Mobile?

Tourists to Israel are often shocked by roaming fees from major mobile operators in the USA as well as other countries. However, tourists to Israel can avoid such charges and bring their own iPhone or Android phone and use it in Israel. Customers only need to obtain a local Israeli SIM card from NES Mobile and save hundreds of dollars.

Tips for Flying to Israel with a Mobile phone:

  1. Plan ahead: Call and data rates without a local Israeli SIM card can be quite expensive.
  2. Have the Israel SIM card delivered to your home or office in the USA before your trip. Keep in mind that very few Israeli cell providers accept international credit cards and even fewer provide USA delivery ahead of your trip.
  3. Verify rates: Rates may vary. Be sure to look at the fine print. It is recommended to verify and review suppliers’ terms and check for any hidden costs. Find out what’s included in the package, and more importantly, what’s not. Read more about Israel phone rental packages and tips.
  4. Quality of local network – Check if the locations you’re planning to visit have a wireless network in the area. Note that some providers provide unlimited data but after a certain amount of usage there’s a slowdown of traffic speed.
  5. Students can obtain long-term unlimited Israeli SIM plans that are cheaper than local daily plans for tourists.

About Nes Mobile

NES Mobile is a leading cell provider for visitors to Israel. NES Mobile offers unlimited packages for Israeli SIM cards for all phone models, as well as Israeli phone rentals and Mifi pocket hotspot rentals.

Jerusalem Day – Yom Yerushalayim

Jerusalem Liberation Day

 

Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel

Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel | Photo: Isaac Shweky Courtesy of פיקיוויקי

Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day, is an Israeli national holiday commemorating and celebrating the June 1967 reunification of Jerusalem and the liberation of its “Old City”. In honor of Jerusalem Liberation Day, we have put together some suggestions for enjoyable and meaningful activities, great for the entire family.

Ammunition Hill and Mount Scopus – Jerusalem, Israel

Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem, Israel
Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem, Israel | Photo: ד”ר אבישי טייכר | Courtesy of PikiWiki

The British built the Police Academy and Ammunition Hill to consolidate their hold on the country during the British mandate period, from 1920-1948. During the War of Independence In 1948, the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem and the region was divided (until the Six Day War on June 5, 1967). The nearby Mount Scopus remained as an enclave within the Jordanian territory, controlled by Israel after the War of Independence. The Jordanians built a military outpost at the Academy and at Ammunition Hill; one of three outposts built along the road to Mount Scopus.

On June 5, 1967, at the outset of the Six Day War, it was decided by the IDF to take back the north of Jerusalem, including the Jordanian outposts and the road to Mount Scopus, which included Ammunition Hill.

The battle was tough and valiant and cost the lives of many fallen soldiers. The IDF had to disconnect the Jordanians from three Jordanian outposts in order to conquer back and liberate northern Jerusalem. The IDF forces were formed by the Jerusalem Brigade and the Armored Division of Harel. In addition, the paratroopers joined to fight and take back the northern city and the Old City of Jerusalem.

After the liberation of the city of Jerusalem, the IDF cleared mines laid by the Jordanian along the border. New neighborhoods were built on the rocky hills such as Mivtar Hill, Ramat Eshkol, Neve Yaakov and Ramot.

 The Ammunition Hill Memorial Museum

Ammunition Hill Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Ammunition Hill Museum, Jerusalem, Israel| Photo: ד”ר אבישי טייכר | Courtesy of PikiWiki

Several year later, a museum was built at Ammunition Hill in memory of the fallen soldiers who bravely fought for the liberation of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel. The site commemorates this miraculous event. The site also commemorates the unpublished writings, poems, pictures and songs left behind by the fallen soldiers which were published after their passing.

The Museum displays a Memorial Wall Monument to the fallen soldiers, as well as documentary videos and photos. There is even a tour of the location and its trenches. Verdant, lush, green manicured lawns surround the museum. Fascinating guided tours are provided. This is highly recommended to those who want to learn about the legacy of the 1967 war in Jerusalem.

Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus:

Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus is associated with the Medical School of Hebrew University – one of the most advanced academic institutions in the world. The Mount Scopus hospital is currently one of the largest and most modern hospitals in Israel. The hospital is part of the Hadassah women’s organization. The site has a great observation point with views of the Mount of Olives, the Old City and the Dead Sea.

Amphitheater Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel
Amphitheater Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel| Photo: ד”ר אבישי טייכר | Courtesy of PikiWiki

 These are sites which can be visited throughout the year. (They’re not just for Independence Day and Yom Yerushalayim!) They are important parts of the “Israel experience” and an interesting and important source of information for anyone who wants to better understand the history of the State of Israel.

 

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