Well on the subject of Cellcom Israel, I must mention a new service that they introduced with a price that needs Israeli Hutzpa to set.
The service is for international travelers and works like this. Cellcom provides you with a USB dongle with a slot for your local Israeli SIM. When you roam, you plug the dongle into your laptop, plug the laptop into a local internet connection in the country and then you can make a call using a softphone that Cellcom supplies you over the internet.
The call travels over the internet to Cellcom servers in Israel and then goes out over their GSM network using the ID of your SIM as if you were in Israel. Not a bad idea, since you can now make local calls in Israel as if you were there.
HERE IS THE CATCH – Cellcom charges you approx 75 cents a minute to make the call! Compare that with 10 cents, using a regular softphone on your laptop when traveling and compare that with the almost ZERO cost that Cellcom has to provide this service (leg 1 is on the internet, leg 2 is on the Cellcom network). SHOCKING. Like why I not use a regular SIP softphone or Skype instead and pay 10-12 cents? Maybe Cellcom assumes that there are enough stupid (excuse the term) out there, who won’t realize that they are being taken for a ride??
The service which I assume is based on the Skuku solution was built by a local Israeli company. Great idea, bad pricing.
A softphone is a softphone is a softphone. Why pay 600% more to use the Cellcom one?