Tello offers 'build your own' style plans. These plans let you create a custom plan by combining bundles of minutes, messages and data.
You can choose from a prepaid (auto-bill) option, or a pay-as-you-go option. Pay-as-you-go balances do not expire as long as a call, text, data usage or top-up occurs at least once every three months, but are pricier than auto-pay prepaid options.
Tello offers an 'Unlimited' plan, but throttles the high speed data on that plan to 2G speeds at 25GB - essentially making it a 25GB plan. All data on all plans can be used via mobile hotspot - but Tello does include this statement in their TOS:
"The Unlimited Plan is meant for using data mainly with your mobile device, however, we do not limit tethering. We reserve the right to review accounts where we find excessive tethered data usage, up to termination."
T-Mobile Merger Notes
Last Update: August 10th, 2020
Sprint is now part of T-Mobile, as per the merger that closed on April 1, 2020.
New Sprint customers are directed to T-Mobile to sign up for their plans, however, some of Sprint's legacy plans are still available in-store or over the phone.
Customers on existing direct Sprint plans will be able to retain those plans for the next three years without price increases or changes to features.
The two networks still operate mostly independently with their own towers and frequency bands. Some Sprint customers can have their Sprint phones coded to make the T-Mobile network the primary network for their phones instead of Sprint. Sprint customers with recent 5G phones such as the Galaxy S10 automatically use T-Mobile as the primary network since the combined company is shutting down Sprint's 5G service.
At present time - aside from Boost being sold to Dish Network - there are no changes to 3rd party, reseller, non-profit or MVNO plans sold on the Sprint network. However, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will update as appropriate.
Currently Available Plans:
- Unlimited (25GB highspeed) - $39
- Carrier Networks Used: Sprint
- Carrier Relationship: MVNO
- Plan Types Available: Phone, Data Only
- Device Types Permitted: Phones
- Unlimited: Yes, with high speed data cap
- High Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: Up to plan high speed data limit
- Throttling: Speeds throttled to 2G after high-speed bucket is used.
- Network Management: None
- Video Streaming Resolution: 1080p
- 5G Access: No
- Device Purchase Required: No, but can purchase a device
- Plan Period: 30 days
- International Roaming: No data roaming.Calls to Canada, Mexico & China are included on prepaid.
- Domestic Roaming: None
- Data Roll Over: No
- Overage Charges: No.
- Lines permitted per account:
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Related News & Stories:
- Tello Mobile Releases New $39 'Unlimited' Plan - 25GB of High-Speed Data with Hotspot Permitted on Sprint Network Posted on: January 7, 2020
- Tello - A New Sprint MVNO With Configurable Plans Posted on: May 6, 2016
- Sprint Tower Cost-Cutting Leads to Fears of Service Interruptions, Reduced Coverage Posted on: January 21, 2016
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