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I’m writing this review today in disbelief and a little mad. I’m mad because I’ve been overpaying for cell phone service for years.
Fox business shared an article recently that said the average person spends about $57,600 over 60 years for their cell phone plan. That number doesn’t include buying new cell phones, extra equipment, etc. Ouch.
I couldn’t believe it, so I did some research on low-cost mobile plans. Then, Tello Mobile reached out to me and I discovered their low-cost customizable plans. They seemed too good to be true, but it still made me curious enough to want to try it out.
I tested out a Tello Mobile phone that cost me $19 per month (total!) in my small town in Colorado. Let’s just say I ended this test run feeling bitter because I realized I’ve been overpaying for my cell phone service.
What I learned from testing out a new mobile plan: Just because you pay more doesn’t always mean you’re getting better service. T-Mobile charges me $80 per month while Tello Mobile charges me $19. I got the same coverage with both phones in my city. I went out to different locations in my town and tested both phone plans. They got the same exact service.
What is Tello Mobile?
Tello’s mission is to eliminate overpriced wireless plans. They have NO contract or fees, flexible plans starting at $5 to $39, and unlimited text in any plan.
Tello uses Sprint’s nationwide coverage which is ranked 4th in best cell phone coverage in the U.S. If you live in the middle of nowhere, you may have trouble finding service, but people who live in urban areas won’t have trouble.
I realize that a lot of people are hesitant to switch phone plans because they need something reliable and think a lower-priced plan is too good to be true. What I recommend is doing a trial run with a phone while keeping your current phone.
Or you can make a total switch. It’s completely up to you.
Tello has nationwide 4GB LTE Coverage, absolutely no fees, you can break free from the contract at any time, and they even have a referral program.
If you refer a friend to Tello, you both get $10 Tello Dollars which can be used toward your phone plan. Another great way to save even more money.
Does Tello provide coverage in my area?
You can click here to find out if Tello provides coverage in your area. Tello uses Sprint towers. This is a map of Sprint’s coverage in the U.S., which as you can see is pretty much everywhere.
Why pay more for the same thing?
Most of us are going to have cell phone plans for forever. A savings of $100 a month can be roughly $1,200 a year.
In 10 years, you’d save $12,000.
In 20 years, you’d save $24,000.
I even decided to be a little creative and put in $100 a month (savings) into the Latte Factor Calculator for 20 years ($24,000). If you were to invest $100 a month instead of spending it, that could be $41,000+ in just 20 years with a conservative investment rate of 5%.
Stop overpaying for the same service you can get at a lower-priced mobile company (that uses the SAME telephone towers!).
Should you switch cell phone carriers?
A good question to ask is this: how much can you save if you switch carriers?
One thing you’ll probably have forever is a cell phone bill. It might as well be as cheap as possible while still providing high-quality service.
Last week, I asked all of you on Instagram how much you’re paying for your phone bill. Multiple people told me they pay $120 for an unlimited plan for just 1 person.
Customize Your Tello Mobile Phone Plan
I pay $19 per month for unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. I chose 4GB since I’m testing out the service.
If I chose a higher GB plan, I’d pay:
Some of you may think it’s a bummer that Tello Mobile doesn’t offer unlimited data, but do you honestly need it? I checked my T-Mobile phone plan and I use roughly 2GB data per month. And pretty much everyone provides wifi these days, so do you need to overpay for unlimited data? Probably not.
I also don’t need unlimited minutes because I never talk on the phone. I could lower the monthly cost by choosing 100 minutes instead of unlimited minutes. The plan is completely customizable.
I can even pay as I go for extra minutes, texts, or data.
Or you can choose a ready-made deal shown below.
I chose the iPhone 6 and received a refurbished phone for $249. The phone works as if it was brand new.
Refurbished Phones Available on Tello:
- Alcatel Cinch $25
- Samsung Galaxy J3 Achieve $150
- Apple iPhone 5s $159
- Samsung Galaxy S6 $249
- Apple iPhone 6 $249
- Apple iPhone 7 $389
New Phones Available on Tello:
- LG Tribute HD $119
- Motorola Moto G6 Play $199
- Apple iPhone 8 $699
This phone selection is valid for October 2019, and it is periodically updated.
Bring Your Own Phone
You can save even more money by using your current phone.
First, you’ll want to check the Bring Your Own Phone Page to see if you can enroll your current phone in the Tello Mobile network. Enter your ESN/IMEI/MEID code and the system will lead you through an easy process to see if the phone is compatible.
Most iPhone and Nexus models purchased from Apple, Google Play, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will work.
- See if your phone is compatible.
- You’ll be asked if you have a CDMA Sim from Sprint, or if you need one for $9.99. This step varies depending on the phone, and many phone models may not require any additional SIM.
- You’ll be asked if you want to port in your old number, or if you want a new phone number.
- Next, create a Tello account, choose your favorite plan, and activate your phone.
Tello has a 9/10 on Trust Pilot with over 5,000 reviews. You can read all the reviews here.
Downsides of Tello
At this time, Tello does not have an unlimited data plan, but if you’re on wifi, you don’t need unlimited data anyways.
I really can’t even think of any other downsides because there aren’t any. I even pretended like I had a problem and emailed Tello Mobile’s customer service. They responded within a few hours and helped me with my made-up problem. You can even call them for faster support.
Upsides of Tello
- Completely customizable to your budget
- Plans starting from $5 to the most expensive plan at $39
- Cancel or upgrade any time you want
- Great phones available for a fraction of the cost
- 24/7 Reliable Customer Service
- Use your existing number
Tello has regular promo and coupon deals going on, which means you can save even more money on your phone plan. Right now, you can get the Halloween Bonus Offer of $19 free for every plan starting from $19. If you’ve missed that, be on the lookout for other special offers they usually run.
If you still need just a little more proof that Tello offers great support, I recommend typing in Tello Reviews in Google search to see for yourself.
It’s so easy to get in a habit of overpaying for cell phone service, but this is a habit you can quit right now.
You can save $1,000 a year just by switching your phone plan. That $1,000 can go into an emergency fund, paying off debt, or for building your future.
How much do you pay for your cell phone service?
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