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Basics Edit

The Palestine Territories in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have two mobile operators:

  • Jawwal (owned by Paltel)
  • Ooredoo Palestine (formerly Wataniya Mobile)

West Bank Edit

UPDATE Jan 2018: After 12 years of delay 3G services finally started in the West Bank from 23/1/2018 with both operators. Therefore Palestine has been partly removed from the Greylist and this article will soon be updated. Note, that there are still no 3G or 4G services in the Gaza Strip due to ongoing security concerns of Israel.

Up to January 2018, Palestinian providers have not been able to build up 3G or 4G networks because of the refusal of Israel to allocate frequencies and bandwidth. This situation continued for 12 years and still goes on in the Gaza Strip, as Israel still has ongoing "security concerns", while they have been given away spectrum to their own 4G providers.

For fast data Palestinians had to switch to Israeli networks which cover major parts of the Palestine Territories in 3G and 4G/LTE too. Thus, local providers were losing a lot of revenues gained by Israeli providers instead. Back in 2015 Israel and the Palestine authorities signed a deal allowing Palestine operators to launch 3G and possibly 4G networks. But it took 3 more years to implement the agreement.

Be aware that the use, importation or selling of an Israeli SIM is considered a severe crime according to Palestine law. In police raids imported SIM cards from Israel have been seized and people have been thrown into jail for selling them. Though, as a foreign visitor you will probably have no problems using one in your phone, but better stay away from the local black market selling Israeli SIM cards at around 50 NIS. At least in the West Bank you can use Palestinian providers from now on for faster data.

Gaza Strip Edit

Greylist

The introduction of 3G services in 2018 has not been extended to the Gaza Strip so far. The Hamas-led government has been considered "terrorist" by Israeli authorities. That's why developments in this area have been further delayed.

In 2017 Wataniya, now Ooredoo, started as second provider on 2G only there, now competing with incumbent Jawwal.

For now, this leaves this area as the only city of more than a million inhabitants in the world without an own 3G or 4G internet so far. Major parts of Gaza are covered by Israeli providers which can be used instead. While this is common place in the Gaza strip, it's considered illegal by local authorities inflicting severe penalties for the black market. Thus, the World Bank estimated a loss of US$ 1 billion over the last three years alone for the Palestinian providers.

Jawwal Edit

Jawwal

Jawwal is owned by the local Paltel Group and the leading provider in the Palestine Territories including Gaza with more than 2.5 million customers and a market share of more than 80%. 3G services were finally added in January 2018 in the West Bank, not in Gaza so far. Speeds of up to 20 Mbit/s were recorded.

Availability Edit

Starter packs are available in their 29 stores (list). Recharges are sold in more than 10,000 sales outlets.

Their starter pack is sold in different tariff lines for 29 NIS with a credit of 1 NIS valid for 21 days after activation. For data, it doesn’t make a difference on which plan you are.

Jawwal

Data feature packs Edit

Data outside of packages is 0.30 NIS per MB.

Volume

Validity

Price

500 MB 1 day 5 NIS
2 GB 7 days 18 NIS
3 GB 30 days 25 NIS
5 GB 30 days 40 NIS
10 GB 30 days 45 NIS
20 GB 30 days 60 NIS
40 GB 30 days 70 NIS

The prices are tax included. Activate and check consumption by *999#.

The packages are automatically renewed once their validity ends. Cancel the renewal by *999#.

Non-renewable packages are available for the same price, but provide slightly less data.

More info Edit

  • APN info (dial *340#)
    1. Name: APN Jawwal WAP
    2. APN: WAP
    3. Proxy: 213.244.118.129
    4. Port: 8080
    5. MCC: 425
    6. MNC: 05
    7. APN Type: default,supl

Ooredoo Palestine (formerly Watanyia Mobile) Edit

Ooredoo-logo

new logo

Wataniya Mobile is now run by the Kuwait-based and Qatar-owned Ooredoo Group. It started 2009 as second provider on the West Bank. It used to operate in some towns on the West Bank only.

Finally on 24/1/17, one day after Jawwal Ooredoo, started its 3G network on the West Bank, not in Gaza so far. Their new 3G is up to 42 Mbit/s.

Wataniya Mobile has officially rebranded as Ooredoo Palestine in November 2018.
Wataniya

old logo

Ooredoo Palestine officially launched operations in Gaza in 2017, providing residents with an alternative option for advanced communications services directly through its shops and authorised dealers.

Availability Edit

You can get their starter packs for 20 NIS with 1 NIS credit valid for 30 days at their authorized dealers.

Data feature packsEdit

Data outside of packages is 0.30 NIS per MB.

Volume

Validity

Price

500 MB 1 day 5 NIS
2 GB 7 days 18 NIS
3 GB 30 days 25 NIS
5 GB 30 days 40 NIS
10 GB 30 days 45 NIS
20 GB 30 days 60 NIS
40 GB 30 days 70 NIS

The prices are tax included. Activate by *660#. Check consumption by *106#.

The packages are automatically renewed once their validity ends. Cancel the renewal by *660#.

Non-renewable packages are available for the same price, but provide slightly less data.

More info Edit

  • APN info: dial *207#
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