Israel is in the top 20 of per capita cellular phone ownership in the world. Cell phones are ubiquitous there, even in restaurants and movie theatres. In addition, Israel proudly trumpets its contributions to the cellular phone industry (Motorola developed the cell phone in Israel!). In fact, for most people, even though cellular phones are pedestrian, they are still miraculous, and thus the Hebrew world pelephone (Pele = miracle). It can also be called a telephone celloolari, but pelephone is much catchier and pleasing to the tongue. It can also be shortened to simple – pele.
Additionally, it is worth noting that the Hebrew word for instant coffee (Nescafe, i.e. “miracle coffee”) is derived from another word for miracle (Ness), and has no actual connection to the Nestle food product company. If you want to order instant coffee at a restaurant (which many Israelis do…inexplicably), you only need ask for “Nes,” and your server will know exactly what you want.