Tello announced today a couple of phone and plan bundles and new discounts on several phones. The deals are being marketed by Tello as a back to school sale.
There are two bundles available for $99 each. Customers can choose to either purchase an iPhone 5C or a Motorola Moto E4. Each phone purchase will come with one month of unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1GB at 4G LTE data speeds. Both phones are sold unlocked.
The phone plan has a face value of $14.
The Moto E4 is a refurbished model that Tello normally retails for $119. When bundled with the phone plan it is being sold for $85. By comparison, a brand new unlocked Moto E4 purchased directly from Motorola will cost you $129.99.
The Apple iPhone 5c is also a refurbished model that is regularly sold for $119. When bundled with the phone plan it is available for $85. It is sold new by third party sellers on Amazon for $179.95. It can be found refurbished on Amazon for $99.98.
Both phone plan bundles are only available to new customers until 8/31/2018. After the first month of service subscribers can stick with the bundled phone plan or build any other plan they'd like. Other popular Tello phone plans include the following:
- $19/month - 2GB 4G LTE data
- $24/month - 3GB 4G LTE data
- $29/month - 4GB 4G LTE data
- $39/month - 10GB 4G LTE data
Data is unlimited on every plan, however only the listed amount is available at 4G LTE data speeds. Speeds get reduced to 64Kbps once the high speed allotment gets consumed. Mobile hotspot is included with all data containing plans. Calling to Mexico, Canada and China is also included at no extra cost. Taxes and fees cost extra.
Other Discounted Phones
Tello is selling a few other phones at a discount for the remainder of the month as well. They are as follows:
- Galaxy J3 Emerge - new - $119- reduced from $149
- Galaxy S5 16 GB - refurbished - $149 - reduced from $169
- iPhone 5 - refurbished - $179.00 - reduced from $199
- iPhone 5S - refurbished - $219 - reduced from $259
- iPhone SE - refurbished- $255 - reduced from $280
- HTC Bolt - new - $129 - reduced from $159
- LG Tribute Dynasty - refurbished - $65 reduced from $99
- LG Tribute HD - new - $99 - reduced from $119
- Moto E4 Plus - refurbished - $119 - reduced from $145
I don't find the discounted phones to necessarily be a great deal. The iPhone 6 for instance is available for just $29.99 to new Boost Mobile customers. MetroPCS meanwhile is giving away the iPhone SE for free. Both are much better deals if you need a phone. However, those other provider phone plans will likely cost much more than what you would have to pay with Tello. So you'll have to do a little math to see what works best for you. Tello phones are sold contract free an unlocked. Boost Mobile and MetroPCS do not sell their phones unlocked.
Tello is an MVNO provider that uses Sprint's network. Phone plans start at just $5/month.