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iPhone 15 in Israel 

The iPhone 15 is all the rage now. After all, what’s not to like? Super fast, high-quality camera, excellent battery life, and attractive color options are just some of the characteristics that make this highly advanced 5G phone a must-have. 

But will this iPhone also be a faithful travel companion? In other words, can you use the iPhone 15 in Israel, whether you’re moving there or just visiting? That’s precisely what you’ll find out in this article. You’ll also read all the other questions regarding iPhone 15 Israel visitors should know.

Will My iPhone 15 Work in Israel? 

Will my iPhone work in Israel

Let’s cut to the chase and address the most important question first. Yes, your iPhone 15 will work in Israel. Like its predecessor, the iPhone 14, and virtually every other model before it.

However, there’s a catch. For your iPhone 15 to work in Israel, it must be unlocked. This means that it’s not tied to a specific carrier and can accept SIM cards from any carrier. 

iPhones that aren’t bought directly from Apple but retailers like Best Buy typically lock to the first U.S. carrier used. But don’t worry, there’s an easy fix. You can simply contact your carrier, whether it’s Verizon or T-Mobile, and get them to unlock your iPhone.

Then, you’re free to use your iPhone 15 in Israel with a local SIM card, allowing you to make calls, send texts, and use data at local rates. But how well will you be able to do these things? In other words, do iPhones work well in Israel?

Well, it all depends on your carrier and its support in the country.

Generally speaking, the iPhone 15 is compatible with most of the leading telecom providers in Israel, at least in the 5G and 4G spectrum. This means your iPhone 15 should serve you well in most urban areas like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. However, be prepared for some disruptions if you’re staying in (or visiting) more rural or remote areas. 

Does Israel Support eSIM for the iPhone 15? 

Does Israel Support eSIM for the iPhone? 

We’ve mentioned that after unlocking your iPhone 15, you’re free to use it with a local Israeli SIM card. But what about an eSIM card?

Until quite recently, there wasn’t any cellular carrier supporting eSIMs in Israel. This meant that using an eSIM in the country was impossible, regardless of the phone model you have. Luckily, this has changed.

Now, some of the more advanced telecom carriers do offer eSIM cards, so you’ll be able to use an eSIM card in your iPhone 15 while in Israel.

This is great news, as the iPhone 15 only supports eSIM cards. It’s also fantastic for anyone looking for a more convenient way to switch between carriers in general. With traditional SIM cards, you must make the switch physically and then constantly worry about losing the tiny card somewhere in your travel bag. Or, even worse, somewhere outside of it.

With an eSIM, you activate the card digitally, and you’re good to go!

Just be careful when choosing the right eSIM for your travels. Some of the most widely used eSIM providers, like Holafly and Airalo, have quite a few disadvantages to consider. Worst among them? You can’t text or make phone calls using all their plans. That’s why going with a local eSIM provider like TCS Telecom is undoubtedly a better choice.

Should I Buy an iPhone 15 in Israel or the US? 

Should I Buy an iPhone in Israel or the US? 

Let’s say you don’t own an iPhone 15 yet and are planning to make Aliyah or visit Israel. Should you purchase the device in the U.S. before your travels or wait to do so in Israel?

This decision hinges on several factors. The chief among them are compatibility, warranty, and pricing. Since we’ve already established that compatibility isn’t an issue, let’s tackle the remaining two.

First up – warranty. 

Apple typically restricts warranty services for iPhones to the country where it originally sold the device. The same goes for other Apple products, such as iPad and Apple TV. So, if you’re only visiting Israel, it might be best to buy your iPhone 15 in the U.S. However, if you’re moving to Israel, getting the latest iPhone in the country might be a better idea.

But is it also a better idea financially?

Not always.

This brings us to the second deciding factor – the pricing.

Generally speaking, iPhones are more expensive in Israel than in the U.S., and the iPhone 15 is no different. So, if you’re on a budget, purchasing the iPhone 15 in the U.S. is the way to go. But keep one thing in mind. Unlocking your iPhone 15 can also cost money, even upwards of $100, so make sure to factor in that price in the total cost of a new phone purchased in the U.S.

How Much Is the iPhone 15 in Israel? 

How Much Is the iPhone 15 in Israel? 

Say you’re already staying in Israel. In that case, going back to the U.S. just to purchase an iPhone isn’t exactly a prudent decision. So, let’s set your iPhone Israel price expectations.

The base iPhone 15 is a good place to start.

In the U.S., its price options are as follows (as of April 2024):

  • iPhone 15 128GB: From $799
  • iPhone 15 256GB: From $899
  • iPhone 15 512GB: From $1,099

As for the Israeli prices, their ranges are as follows:

  • iPhone 15 128GB: 2,957 NIS to 4,299 NIS ($788 to $1,145)
  • iPhone 15 256GB: 3,602 NIS to 4,460 NIS ($959 to $1,188)
  • iPhone 15 512GB: 4,709 NIS to 5,515 NIS ($1,254 to $1,469)

Next up – how much is the iPhone 15 Pro in Israel?

  • iPhone 15 Pro 128GB: 4,019 NIS to 5,419 NIS ($1,070 to $1,443)
  • iPhone 15 Pro 256GB: 4,587 NIS to 5,600 NIS ($1,222 to $1,492)
  • iPhone 15 Pro 512GB: 5,458 NIS to 6,449 NIS ($1,454 to $1,718)

With the iPhone 15 Pro price, Israel is again ahead of the U.S., which offers the following prices for the phone:

  • iPhone 15 Pro 128GB: From $999
  • iPhone 15 Pro 256GB: From $1,099
  • iPhone 15 Pro 512GB: From $1,299

You’ll find similar price discrepancies no matter which iPhone 15 model you’re considering, be it the iPhone 15 Plus or the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Where Can You Buy the Apple iPhone 15 in Israel?

Where Can You Buy the Apple 15 in Israel?

If the higher prices haven’t deterred you and you’re ready to purchase an iPhone 15 in Israel, you have several options. Of course, going with an Apple Authorized Reseller for the purchase is always the best way to go.

Luckily, Apple makes it incredibly easy to find these stores in Israel (and anywhere else in the world). Just enter your location on Apple’s website and look for a nearby reseller. When it comes to larger cities, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Tel Aviv alone has almost 100 authorized locations. The same goes for Jerusalem and Haifa. A quick trip to one of these and your iPhone 15-Israel adventure can start.

Make the Right Choice

Make the Right Choice

With an iPhone 15, Israel will become an even more beautiful and connected part of your life. Whether you’re exploring its vibrant cities, capturing memories, or staying connected with your loved ones around the world, the iPhone 15 will be your reliable companion. Just make sure you purchase it from an authorized reseller at an acceptable price and get the eSIM from a local provider like TCS Telecom.

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