US student going to study abroad for 5 months in Israel. The current phone service, an iPhone on Verizon network, will work there for a $10/day charge. It functions well, as the phone maintains its number, and callers to the number don't need to call long distance. And calls from Israel to US are also included in the service. This for $300/mo.
Is there a better arrangement for a high level of communication, or would getting a local SIM card/ local number just shift the cost around but not reduce it significantly?
On a similar note, the service itself appeared to have a number of slow/dead spots for coverage. Is coverage there spotty in general, or would getting the 'local' SIM/phone provide better coverage, albeit at a cost?