5G now on Tello! If you’re not excited, you should be!
After moving to a new GSM network, we know our customers are keeping a close eye on our services, so here’s a short recap of what Tello offers:
👉 Stores, no. Savings, yes
👉 Contracts, no. Choose-what-you-want phone plans, yes
👉 Annoying salespeople, no. Free hotspot, yes.
👉 Extra fees, no. 5G, yassss!
Besides our super affordable phone plans and REAL value for money – that will never change – our service just got better. The switch from CDMA to GSM means improved and constantly expanding coverage, faster data speeds, and better overall network stability. If you want to know more about this change, please head over here. The extra news we’re bragging about today: FREE 5G!
What does 5G mean and what’s the big deal about it?
Tello Mobile’s 5G means high-speed data. Your service will switch seamlessly between 4G LTE & 5G, so you’ll benefit from faster connections, all around.
If you’re looking for knowledge about the nitty-gritty tech details, 5G stands for 5th generation wireless technology – aka the new wireless standard around.
Here’s a bit of background provided by pcmag.com: “5G is an investment for the next decade, and in previous mobile transitions, we’ve seen most of the big changes happening years after the first announcement. Take 4G, for instance. The first 4G phones in the US appeared in 2010, but the 4G applications that changed our world didn’t appear until later. Snapchat came in 2012, and Uber became widespread in 2013. Video calls over LTE networks also became big in the US around 2013.”
tl;dr: Tello subscribers have access to 5G SA (Stand Alone) which allows completely independent operation of the 5G service without any interaction with an existing 4G core. Cool right?
Craving more info? Let’s take a trip down memory lane:
- 1G was analogue cellular that allowed us to talk to each other via mobile phones – clearly, life-changing!
- 2G technologies (CDMA, GSM, and TDMA) were the first generation of digital cellular technologies – that let us send texts and travel
- 3G technologies, (EVDO, HSPA, and UMTS) brought speeds from 200kbps to a few megabits per second – responsible for bringing us mobile data!
- 4G technologies, (WiMAX and LTE), were the next leap forward, now scaling up to hundreds of megabits and even gigabit-level speeds – 4G LTE that started back in 2009 doubled data speeds (AMEN)
- 5G promises to bring new aspects to the network game: bigger channels (to speed up data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).
Does 5G cost extra at Tello? No way!
5G is 10 to x100 faster than what you can get with 4G. But there’s no extra cost for that at Tello. All our plans include 5G for free (as opposed to some of our competitors, but that’s another story).
Do I need a new phone if I want 5G?
To benefit from this new smarter and faster technology, you’ll have to have an Android phone (it’s not available on iOS just yet) that’s 5G-capable (check the phone specs). If you’d like to bring your 5G-capable Android device to Tello Mobile, just make sure it’s unlocked and GSM compatible
Remember, 5G is not just about speed.
Enhanced wireless experience means that you’ll also benefit from better connectivity, real-time responses and coverage.
If you’re imagining swarms of drones co-operating to carry out search and rescue missions and traffic monitoring, all communicating wirelessly with each other and ground base stations over 5G networks, you’re not far from the truth.
One more thing: 5G isn’t replacing 4G any time soon. In fact, they will coexist and work together. 5G capable phones can actually use both 4G and 5G technology.
More good news: you can still get 50% OFF until March 31
We’re making nice things last some more… Just like that concert with a “twice”. Or that talk in the doorway because there were some more thoughts to share. Or that extra bite of yummy.
Our 50% OFF any plan for 3 months + FREE GSM SIM is still up for grabs until March 31.
This means you get to sign up for Tello (or urge a friend to) and add a new line for the lowest possible price.
The amazing discount is valid for any phone plan combination and the half-priced plans stay with you for 3 months in a row. Remember to keep your plan of choice for the 3 month period, in order to keep the savings going. No payment in advance, of course.
What happens after the 3 months?
If you’re still into us, keep your plan and score great savings with the regular price as well. If you think you need to downgrade or upgrade its components, feel free to do that anytime, at no extra cost.
My wife has an iphone 7 asnd I have a 6s, are they to old to get the 5G ?
Most probably these phones do not support 5G!
If you really want 5G speeds, you need to opt for an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Plus. These are the only iPhone models that will offer you the 5G speed you’re looking for.
*Update for all parties interested*
Please note that we are aware of the issues Apple fans are facing regarding the missing features. Our team is on it, we’re investigating and rolling up our sleeves to figure out an optimal way to solve this ASAP. Thanks for your understanding!
I am interested in 5G transition. What should I do now? Do I need to buy a new GSM card or make a plan changes?
Based on my understanding, the half-priced plan are just for the new comers, right? Is there any benefit for existing customer?
Thanks for asking. Indeed the 50% OFF is only for new comers, but the GSM SIM is 100% FREE for all our existing customers as well.
So, if you’re ready to switch to GSM, please check if your phone is compatible on the Bring Your Own Phone page: https://tello.com/bring_your_own_phone.
Once you enter your IMEI, you’ll know if you can bring along your phone or not. In the process you will be asked if you own a GSM Tello SIM or not, and once you get to checkout you will see the fee is $0. Once you order the SIM it will be shipped to your house, you will have to active it once it arrives to your address and you’ll be ready to go!
Hope this helps ;)
How do we get the new GSM 5g sim?
If you’re a new customer you’ll need to pick a plan and once you go through the Bring Your Own Phone process you will be asked if you have a Tello GSM SIM or not. Once you’ll add the SIM in the cart, you’ll see the fee is $0 as we currently run a 50% OFF + FREE SIM offer.
If you’re already with Tello, you only need to check if your phone is GSM compatible – on the Bring Your Own Phone page. You will need to start the process from this page and you will be asked if you have a GSM SIM. Once you login you’ll see the SIM is 100% FREE and it will be delivered to your address.
Hope this help ;)
I just got samsung S20 FE phone. Does it do 5G? I thought it did.
This Samsung model should be 5G compatible, that’s what the manufacturer says ;)
We’ll be waiting for you to join Tello – don’t forget about the 50% OFF offer + FREE SIM – https://tello.com/
Thanks a lot for reaching us!
There are two models of the galaxy s20 fe; the North American variant (the one with qualcomm snapdragon processor) is 5g compatible, but the international version (or Latin American variant – both have Samsung’s exynos processing chip) is not compatible with 5g bands in the US.
So chances are it will work, but you might want to double check which version you own.
Yes your phone is definitely 5G compatible.
Hi. When I put the 50% off deal into my cart, it shows full price. Is there a coupon code or something?
There is no coupon needed, but please note the offer is only available for new customers.
Once you reach our checkout, the price is cut by 50%.
If you by any reason, still see the full price, please contact us and we’ll look closely into it.
I’m interested in getting a new phone & plan. How do I know if you cover Aguanga, CA area? And do you have a retail store in SoCA?
Thanks for asking! You can check the signal for this area on our Coverage page.
Also, we don’t have a retail store in SoCA, all our business is online ;) If you need to reach us please remember our Customer Support is here 24/7.
I just saw this offer, too late! Do you still have free SIM?
Janet, I’m so sorry you’ve missed it! It’s been running since February and we’ve bragged about it everywhere!!!! To make sure this never happens again, please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social: https://www.facebook.com/tellomobile/. Thanks!
I’m considering moving to Tello. I’d like to know if now, 9 months later, you support 5G on 5G-capable iPhones (I have an iPhone 13).
Oh, Stephen, I feel you on this. Thanks for writing and considering us, we’d love to have you and hope to be able to have 5G available for iOS devices by mid-2022.
Thanks for understanding and have a happy new year!
I have an unlocked Note 4 and don’t want 5g, am I correct to assume that I’m NOT going to have to buy a new phone? I have friends who have to replace fairly new phones (only 3ys old!) because their carrier didn’t included their models in their list of those supported, they’re pretty upset and I’m worried that I’ll end up in the same boat.
Please check your device here: https://tello.com/bring_your_own_phone. If it’s a match, you don’t have to replace it, you can bring it to Tello and keep using it as long as you like, thanks!
Is Tello offering 5G?
On which network provider?
We run on America’s largest, fastest, and most reliable network.
While the agreement with our partner doesn’t permit us to publicly use their name in our marketing efforts, a quick online search will probably provide you with the answer you are looking for.
Thank you for your interest,