Tello carries a number of new and refurbished Android phones, iPhones, and flip phones, but none of them include brand new flagships. Most of their selection includes older phones from brands like Alcatel, Motorola, LG, and Samsung. While their new phone selection is sparse, affordability is the biggest selling point for Tello phones in addition to Tello’s plans.
Tello carries several iPhones, but none of them are new flagships and most are refurbished (used devices repaired to good working order). That means you can find steep discounts on these phones, but the phones will likely be out-of-date on hardware and software. If you’re looking for an MVNO with a broader iPhone selection, check out Boost Mobile, Simple Mobile, or Twigby.
Some of Tello’s iPhone selection:
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 8
Tello Android Phones
Tello’s phone selection features more Android devices than iPhones. Tello Android phones generally range between lower quality and mid-range models, but there are a few older flagship devices from Samsung and Motorola available. Like Tello’s iPhones, you can find a great bargain on many of these Android phones, but the internal hardware and software they come with will feel dated compared to brand new models.
Some notable Tello Android phones include:
- Motorola Moto G6 Play and Moto Z2 Force
- LG Stylo 3 and 4
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and S8
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Cheap Phones From Tello
Tello sells many inexpensive cheap phone options under $200, especially because many are refurbished and heavily discounted. That’s helpful considering most people join prepaid carriers with savings in mind.
Some of Tello’s notably cheaper phones include:
- LG Tribute Dynasty
- Motorola Moto E4 and E4 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S6
Buy a Tello Phone
There’s one way to buy a Tello phone—outright. That’s a slight disadvantage when compared to other carriers that feature monthly installment plan options. If you want to buy a more expensive flagship phone but can’t afford the upfront payment, we recommend checking out other Sprint MVNOs with installment plan options instead, such as Ting or Total Wireless.
Once you add a phone to your cart (online-only), you can choose your shipping options. Regular shipping is free (3-5 days) unless you prefer to pay for USPS Priority Mail or UPS 2nd Day Air shipping. If you’re already a Tello customer and want to upgrade your phone, you can purchase a new one at any time and activate it in place of your current Tello phone.
More importantly, if you experience any function issues or come with hardware defects, Tello offers a 30-day warranty. This does not cover any damage caused by drops or water damage, however.
Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP)
Because Tello uses Sprint’s CDMA network, you can BYOP as long as it’s a Sprint phone or any other CDMA phone. To check if your phone is compatible, or to activate your phone once you receive it, simply use Tello’s website. Another one of Tello’s selling points is that it does not charge activation fees.
Any CDMA device free of contract, developed for Sprint or for other carriers