See if Your iPhone is Compatible with Tello
❕ Fact: iPhone fans don’t have it easy when it comes to their personal finances. It’s part of the deal.
While there’s no getting around that fact, there are some things you can do to lighten the cost burden and add some savings to the list. A little goes a long way when it comes to your phone bill.
If you think you might be overpaying for wireless, you probably are. Switching carriers and choosing an MVNO is your best bet.
Do your research first. A lot of alternative phone service providers offer primarily VoIP service, and several may not be compatible with iOS devices.
That is not the case with Tello Mobile, which besides real savings on a monthly basis, provides actual cell phone service on the Sprint network so you don’t have to worry about constant Wifi access to ensure the quality of our calls.
Wifi calling is however available through My Tello App – great when abroad to make calls over Wifi to any country in the world using Pay As You Go balance or to the US using your Plan balance. Plans range from $5 to $39/month, no contracts, no credit checks, no extra fees. Customer satisfaction & more value for money are our main concerns.
📲 How to know if your iPhone is compatible with Tello?
❕ Fact: Most iPhones work on Tello, and most iPhone owners could use the savings.
However, there are a few things that you need to check to make sure your iPhone is compatible with Tello.
The best way to this is to go to the Bring Your Device Page on Tello and enter the phone’s IMEI/ESN/MEID. Just dial *#06# and you’ll receive a text with your phone’s IMEI. This unique ESN is also available in your phone’s settings: go to Settings > General > About.
- Look for your device’s serial number, IMEI/MEID, and ICCID.
- Want to paste this information into Apple registration or support forms? Touch and hold the number to copy.
#1 – Sprint CDMA
Tello runs on the Sprint network, meaning it too uses CDMA technology, that is not compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile (GSM).
As long as your device is unlocked and has previously run on the Sprint network you will be able to switch to a carrier operating on Sprint’s network (Sprint MVNO like Tello). Older Sprint iPhone models 4, 4s and 5 are only compatible with Sprint’s CDMA network.
iPhone models 5c, 5s, 6, 6+, 6s, 6s+, SE from Sprint were designed to support all major network bands and are compatible with all major network providers. This means the iPhones above will work on any carrier. Simply make sure the devices have been paid in full and SIM unlocked.
#2 – Unlocked
In order to bring your iPhone to Tello & unlock the savings, you must have an unlocked device as well.
That means you need to pay off any remaining balances or finance on the device. When this condition is met, your carrier cannot refuse to give you the unlock code if there are no outstanding payments due. If you have paid for your device in full, then it is ready to be unlocked and ready to switch.
#3 – Made for USA
Another thing you should take into consideration is that while most iPhones work on Tello, they have to be built for the US. That being said, any iPhones purchased through Apple stores, big box stores or carrier retail channels will work just fine:
- AT&T & T-Mobile: 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+, SE
- Verizon: 5S, 5C, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X
💬 You can buy a phone directly from Tello and hit all these musts in one.
Tello Mobile has a selection of iPhones from which you can take your pick. To keep the savings going, you can always choose a refurbished device and have the best of both worlds: the phone you love at a bargain price. Learn more about refurbished phones here.