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Tello Dropped Its Plan Prices... Again!

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Just before the year ends, Tello has once again dropped the prices on its phone plans. The last time they made changes to their plans was in October. And now it looks like the Sprint MVNO is doing its best to give their customers the best value for their money.

With today's changes, Tello's phone plans priced above $17 have been reduced by up to $6. One such example is their plan that includes 500 minutes and 3GB of 4G LTE data. Before today's price drop, this plan would have cost you $34 per month. Effective today, this plan is now priced at $28 per month.

You can play around with your plan since Tello offers Build Your Own Plan options where you are free to include as little or as much data and calls that you'll use up in a month. By default, these plans already include unlimited data so you won't have to worry about that anymore. They also include calls to Canada and Mexico. You only have to pay attention to these things when you're building your plan:

Minutes:

  • No minutes
  • 100 minutes
  • 200 minutes
  • 300 minutes
  • 500 minutes
  • Unlimited minutes

Data:
  • No data
  • 200MB
  • 500MB
  • 1GB
  • 2GB
  • 3GB
  • 5 + 5GB Free


Once you've used up your LTE data allotment, you'll have access to unlimited 2G data.

To learn more about the new prices, visit Tello's website here.


Source: Tello

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  1. I wonder if they are getting hurt by the Redpocket ebay deals. I know I moved a couple Tello lines to Xfinity Mobile.

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  2. Tello prices are still too high for Sprint's network. It's a whopping $9 for 500mb. Then they bundled talk and text together even if you didn't want texting. Services like RedPocket have 500min/500sms/500mb for $9/month (1-year plan), but Tello charges $14. MintSim is $15 for unlimited talk, text, 2GB, but Tello is $25.

    Tello needs to get real with this non-sense.

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    1. Mint and Red Pocket require an annual prepayment. Tello does not. There is a reason why mint and red pocket annual plans are cheaper. It is called buying in bulk.

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    2. Red Pocket has regular monthly plans that are cheaper than Tello. Ultra Mobile (Mint Sim owner) also has monthly plans that are cheaper (UltraFlex Plans). The only price point Tello makes sense is their 1/2/3 cent pay-go rates. I'm on Xfinity Mobile paying $15 for 2 lines of unlimited talk, text, and 1GB on Verizon. Nobody even comes close. These smaller MVNOs are not competitive.

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    3. Tello is cheaper at the 500MB and 1GB price points. Since we are talking about low end plans.

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  3. money to burn nursing these pipe-dream MVNO’s, especially on the Sprint “network,” and it’s kiss of death on anything it touches.

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    1. Don't knock Sprint. I love it.

      Of course, I drive a Yugo, put ketchup on steak, preferred it when Luke and Bo were replaced with their cousins on "Dukes of Hazzard", and drink New Coke.

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    2. Sprint network works fine for our family. I laugh when I see the haters on here. If it stops working--then we move on but until then...........

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    3. I'm still waiting for Sprint to START working ...

      And I dont count "doesn't work in most places in the US" as really working.

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    4. In some cases I have to assume it's just user error. Works fine for me and I travel all over.

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  4. 100 minutes is plenty for me, and "2G" speeds are all I need. Plus, it looks like they're willing to activate my old Virgin VM670.

    $8 phone bills, here I come!!

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    1. I just re-activated that same LG Optimus V as a Penalty Phone for my grounded teenager. I don't think data will work (and I know it absolutely could not work for data back in the RingPlus days), but that's a feature in this case. Fine for calls, text, wifi.

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    2. First world justice ... Punish a child by giving them a powerful telecommunications computer. Now I've seen everything :)

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    3. The key is *less* powerful. His much newer (although still hand-me-down), better, and more socially acceptable device is in protective custody until grades/attitude/actions are demonstrably improved. Any additional offenses will result in a ~10 year old virginmobile Slice - T9 texting!

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  5. 128 kbps for the 2g, correct?

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    1. Nope. 64Kbps. Dog slow, many connections time out. I had my kid on Tello for his first phone (2015 Moto E) for a while to test the water (& see if he managed to not lose the phone). Had him on 200MB plan & used Hangouts for calling & messaging (giving effectively unlimited calling & messing with the fallback data). Could usually tell when he'd run out of fast data - it worked well enough, but there was more asking him to repeat what he said due to occasional garbling.

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  6. Not bad. Cheaper than Twigby without 2 month promotion.

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  7. I've been using Tello service as a hotspot recently on my trusty Moto E2 XT1526. $34 / 10GB with tethering at 22 Mbps is tough to beat. Network coverage is perfectly fine for me in my travels in the mid-Atlantic states.

    I was paying $39 for data and texts only. With this change, Tello added umlimited calling to my plan (they sent me an email about it) instead of dropping the price to $34. I dropped the voice minutes from my plan to fix that for next month on their excellent web portal.

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    1. We also live and travel in the Mid-Atlantic states, with a few trips further South and to the Midwest. Tello is perfect for our rugged backup phone. We have used the 'Free' Sprint Unlimited BYOP postpaid plans ($3.27/month each for taxes) for our regular phones for almost 6 months now. Sprint's Extended network (unlimited roaming, including data) and limited roaming on Verizon have made them a competitive option for us when our 'Free' Unlimited plans expire next year. Depending on our monthly use, we may switch to Ting or Twigby to keep costs down. We only used 3MB data roaming in 6 months according to the Sprint app.

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    2. No roaming with Tello, so check coverage if you go with them. Generally no problems for me until I get west of I-81 in the mountains of VA and MD.

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  8. "If it's Sprint, it's shit."

    Son should've sold out.

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  9. Doesn't Tello add a lot of taxes and fees? According to this site, Tello uses "the postpaid model and passes along all telecom taxes and recovery fees and charge point on sale taxes to customers in all states.These taxes and fees can easily exceed 30% in some states."

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    1. Depends on the state. I paid 17 cents on my $10 top up.

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    2. Yes, taxes and fees depend on the area. Despite the handle I currently live in Washington State where there is a flat 95¢ for e911 as well as state and local sales taxes. Tello also passes on charges for "cost recovery", Federal Universal Service Fund, and Washington's B&O tax (which is actually a tax on the business itself, not the consumer). Where I'm located, this adds $1.37 to the $8 I pay for service, and I feel I still receive far more service for the price than I would through anybody else.

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    3. I support any efforts to legally avoid these taxes, Jason. They are excessive, and the state and Federal government already receive more then enough for 911 and other services through normal taxation without piling on these fees.

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    4. In Maryland ... no tax or fees on a monthly plan if for data only, i.e., no voice. For pay-go, which is treated as voice time, a $10 top up costs $11.29 with the tax and fees.

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    5. In MD it depends on the county. Montgomery charges a flat $3.50/lines plus taxes. Fees are extra.

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    6. Ah, didn't know that about Montgomery Co., MD -- I'm in Anne Arundel Co. Baltimore City charges $4 as well, I see. I think those are the only two localities in MD that charge extra.

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  10. Anyone knows if there's a compilation of locations with charges/taxes?

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    1. Obviously the carriers have them compiled however I'm sure those databases are confidential and available internally only to those with a "need-to-know". There are so many taxing authorities, levels, and mechanisms that my advice is to consider the value of one's time which is likely far higher than any tax savings. The next best solution is to buy services where taxes are included in the price (i.e., Boost, Cricket, Metro). In my case the cost of going with one of those is far higher for service I don't use.

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  11. The carriers like Boost, Cricket etc who fold the tax into the price make the ones that don't seem kind of dishonest.

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  12. good prices but only sprint network would mean spotty at best for me. i like twigby because i get free verizon roaming and the price difference is negligible

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