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Pelephone Communications Ltd
פלאפון תקשורת בע"מ
Limited company
Industry Mobile telephony, Telecommunication
Founded 1986
Headquarters Tel Aviv, Israel
Area served
Key people
Gil Sharon (CEO)
Products CdmaOne, CDMA2000 EV-DO, UMTS, DC-HSPA+, LTE
  • Decrease658 million (2016)[1]
  • ₪721 million (2015)
  • Decrease₪8 million (2016)
  • ₪53 million (2015)
  • Decrease₪13 million (2016)
  • ₪49 million (2015)
Owner Bezeq

Pelephone (Hebrew: פלאפון‎‎, Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈpelefon]) (lit. "wonder phone") is an Israeli-based telecommunications company, founded in 1986 as a joint venture between Motorola and Tadiran, today owned by Bezeq. It was the first company to offer mobile phone services in Israel.[2] Due to this, the brand-name "Pelephone" became the genericized trademark for mobile phones in Israel, regardless of service provider.[3]

Pelephone states that it has 4,500 employees, although the workers' union says that there are just 3,800.[4] According to Pelephone's website, the company has 2.4 million subscribers.[5]

The network started as AMPS/NAMPS in the 850 MHz band. In the mid-to-late 1990s it converted to IS-95 CDMA and later added CDMA2000/EV-DO capabilities as well. A UMTS network in the 850/2100 MHz bands was launched in early 2009 and in March of that year, Pelephone stopped selling cellphones that use the CDMA system, though it is expected to continue supporting its CDMA network for the foreseeable future. In mid-2010, the UMTS network was upgraded to HSPA+. In 2014 the company launched an LTE network in the 1800MHz band.

In December 2011 Pelephone became the host network of "Rami Levy Communications", the first MVNO to begin operating in Israel.

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