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July: Sharp rise in international calls

Phone companies report large increases in volume of incoming, outgoing calls as result of war

Shlomi Doner
Published: 08.03.06, 11:27 / Israel Business

Everybody's talking: The war in the North has led to a sharp rise in the volume of outgoing and incoming international calls during July, according to statistics released by Israeli communication companies.


As it turns out, the daily rocket barrages and time spent in bomb shelters led many Israelis to call family and friends abroad in order
to allay their fears, while Israelis currently overseas also felt the need to call home more.


Bezeq International is reporting an increase of dozens of percents in international calls, with a staggering 80 percent rise among northern residents. The company also noted that it granted residents of the north more than a million free minutes for overseas calls in recent weeks and is providing them with one free hour when calling abroad using a cellular phone.


Meanwhile, Barak 013 reported a 15 percent increase in outgoing calls and a 30 percent rise in incoming calls. Elsewhere, Kavei Zahav reported a 15 percent increase in outgoing calls and 13 percent rise in incoming calls.


However, Barak 013's Marketing VP Dror Bahat noted that July is traditionally a month that features a particularly high volume of international calls.


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