Tello Coverage Map

Does Tello have good cell coverage?

Stetson Doggett
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Stetson Doggett
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Updated:
December 6, 2023

How good is Tello's coverage?

In this article we will cover:

  • Tello coverage statistics
  • Tello coverage map
  • Tello 5G coverage
  • Tello 4G LTE coverage
  • Tello vs. T-Mobile coverage
  • Tello vs. AT&T coverage
  • Tello vs. Verizon coverage

Let's dive in!

Tello Coverage Quick Stats

  • Carrier: Tello
  • Network: T-Mobile
  • Total area covered: 59.5%
  • Total square miles covered: 4,809,055
  • 5G area covered: 49.0%
  • 5G square miles covered: 3,959,584

The above statistics come from our analysis of the FCC signal strength data for the contiguous United States. The statistics ignore coverage data for Alaska and Hawaii. You can still see coverage data for Alaska and Hawaii in the interactive map below and in the table that shows cellular coverage by state.

Tello Coverage

Tello is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that runs on T-Mobile.

By using T-Mobile’s infrastructure, Tello is able to offer affordable plans without compromising on the quality of service. 

Check Tello coverage in your area using the interactive maps below:

Tello Coverage Map

Map Key:
Great coverage
Good coverage
Poor coverage
Great coverage = stream 4K videos, video call, use your phone to its fullest potential
Good coverage = stream 480p videos, browse social media, stream music, use the web
Poor coverage = make phone calls, send a text
*The Estimated Coverage Map is created with coverage data from the FCC

Tello Cell Phone Plans

Tello 1GB
T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
10
/mo
+tax
tax included
1GB
high-speed, then 64Kbps
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Tello 2GB
T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
14
/mo
+tax
tax included
2GB
high-speed, then 64Kbps
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Tello 5GB
T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
19
/mo
+tax
tax included
5GB
high-speed, then 64Kbps
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Tello Unlimited
T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
29
/mo
+tax
tax included
25GB
high-speed, then 64Kbps
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Mint Mobile 15GB
T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
20
/mo
+tax
tax included
15GB
high-speed, then 128Kbps
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
4K video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Boost Infinite
AT&T or T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
25
/mo
+tax
tax included
30GB
high-speed, then 512Kbps
Deprioritized
5GB hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
US Mobile Unlimited Starter
T-Mobile or Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
29
/mo
+tax
tax included
35GB
high-speed, then 1Mbps
35GB priority
10GB hotspot
720p HD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Mint Mobile Unlimited
T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
30
/mo
+tax
tax included
40GB
high-speed, then 512Kbps
Deprioritized
10GB hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Coverage Map App

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​What network does Tello use?

Tello uses T-Mobile’s 4G LTE and 5G networks to provide service.

Because Tello uses T-Mobile’s towers, its coverage is essentially the same as that of T-Mobile.

This means that Tello offers nationwide 4G LTE and 5G coverage.

Tello 5G Coverage

Tello 5G coverage map

Tello offers nationwide 5G coverage on T-Mobile’s 5G network. 

T-Mobile 5G currently covers 98% of the U.S. population, or about 325 million people.

You can check 5G coverage on Tello's self-published coverage map, here.

Tello 4G LTE Coverage

Tello LTE coverage map

Tello offers nationwide 4G LTE coverage on T-Mobile’s extensive 4G LTE network.

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network covers 99% of Americans, so odds are you’ll have service.

Tello Coverage by State

How good is Tello's coverage in each state?

Here is a full breakdown of what percentage of each state Tello has coverage, as well as what percentage of that coverage is great, good, or poor:

State Total Coverage Great Coverage Good Coverage Poor Coverage
Alabama 59.9% 15.7% 20.9% 23.3%
Alaska 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Arizona 38.3% 12.4% 15.0% 10.9%
Arkansas 53.3% 10.9% 18.5% 23.9%
California 51.2% 18.6% 19.5% 13.1%
Colorado 31.8% 7.0% 11.6% 13.3%
Connecticut 89.1% 41.3% 28.3% 19.5%
Delaware 89.8% 31.5% 32.7% 25.6%
District of Columbia 100.0% 96.5% 3.5% 0.0%
Florida 70.6% 26.4% 22.3% 21.9%
Georgia 64.1% 19.7% 21.0% 23.5%
Hawaii 46.8% 16.9% 16.3% 13.6%
Idaho 34.9% 9.6% 14.1% 11.2%
Illinois 67.3% 20.4% 23.9% 23.0%
Indiana 76.7% 22.3% 28.3% 26.1%
Iowa 68.6% 14.3% 25.8% 28.5%
Kansas 45.8% 7.8% 14.9% 23.1%
Kentucky 54.6% 13.9% 20.3% 20.4%
Louisiana 57.4% 15.0% 19.5% 22.9%
Maine 49.7% 10.6% 17.5% 21.6%
Maryland 81.8% 33.8% 28.1% 19.9%
Massachusetts 83.6% 41.6% 25.0% 17.1%
Michigan 57.0% 16.1% 19.6% 21.3%
Minnesota 56.3% 11.5% 19.2% 25.7%
Mississippi 64.5% 13.1% 22.5% 29.0%
Missouri 58.0% 13.3% 20.7% 24.0%
Montana 36.9% 7.8% 13.7% 15.5%
Nebraska 33.4% 4.8% 10.1% 18.4%
Nevada 29.2% 7.2% 13.3% 8.7%
New Hampshire 63.9% 18.0% 23.4% 22.5%
New Jersey 88.4% 45.0% 26.0% 17.4%
New Mexico 51.9% 12.2% 21.5% 18.2%
New York 57.6% 18.5% 20.0% 19.1%
North Carolina 62.7% 18.6% 21.7% 22.5%
North Dakota 33.8% 4.0% 9.9% 19.9%
Ohio 79.3% 27.4% 29.5% 22.5%
Oklahoma 57.1% 12.2% 18.7% 26.3%
Oregon 33.2% 11.2% 12.5% 9.6%
Pennsylvania 67.7% 26.8% 22.4% 18.5%
Rhode Island 95.7% 45.0% 29.3% 21.5%
South Carolina 73.3% 23.2% 25.7% 24.3%
South Dakota 36.0% 4.5% 11.0% 20.5%
Tennessee 58.9% 19.7% 19.6% 19.6%
Texas 50.1% 12.2% 16.5% 21.4%
Utah 40.9% 12.2% 17.2% 11.6%
Vermont 47.9% 10.1% 17.2% 20.6%
Virginia 57.0% 17.4% 19.2% 20.4%
Washington 52.7% 18.5% 19.1% 15.1%
West Virginia 34.6% 9.0% 12.0% 13.5%
Wisconsin 53.4% 14.0% 19.0% 20.3%
Wyoming 32.1% 5.0% 11.9% 15.2%

Tello 5G Coverage by State

Sate Total 5G Coverage Great 5G Coverage Good 5G Coverage Poor 5G Coverage
Alabama 46.0% 17.8% 28.2% 0.0%
Alaska 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Arizona 30.7% 15.6% 15.1% 0.0%
Arkansas 37.7% 12.5% 25.2% 0.0%
California 41.6% 21.7% 19.9% 0.0%
Colorado 22.7% 8.1% 14.6% 0.0%
Connecticut 80.6% 44.3% 36.4% 0.0%
Delaware 81.0% 36.3% 44.7% 0.0%
District of Columbia 100.0% 95.9% 4.1% 0.0%
Florida 61.5% 30.8% 30.7% 0.0%
Georgia 50.9% 21.9% 29.0% 0.0%
Hawaii 42.2% 22.4% 19.9% 0.0%
Idaho 29.9% 13.8% 16.1% 0.0%
Illinois 56.3% 25.0% 31.3% 0.0%
Indiana 64.8% 25.9% 39.0% 0.0%
Iowa 49.9% 16.7% 33.2% 0.0%
Kansas 30.9% 9.1% 21.8% 0.0%
Kentucky 42.5% 16.4% 26.1% 0.0%
Louisiana 46.1% 18.2% 27.9% 0.0%
Maine 40.4% 13.6% 26.8% 0.0%
Maryland 77.3% 41.5% 35.8% 0.0%
Massachusetts 74.2% 40.6% 33.6% 0.0%
Michigan 47.4% 18.4% 29.0% 0.0%
Minnesota 41.4% 13.9% 27.5% 0.0%
Mississippi 48.0% 15.7% 32.4% 0.0%
Missouri 43.3% 15.4% 28.0% 0.0%
Montana 26.8% 9.9% 17.0% 0.0%
Nebraska 20.1% 5.2% 14.9% 0.0%
Nevada 25.6% 12.0% 13.6% 0.0%
New Hampshire 49.5% 18.9% 30.6% 0.0%
New Jersey 81.2% 48.0% 33.2% 0.0%
New Mexico 38.0% 12.6% 25.4% 0.0%
New York 50.2% 22.4% 27.9% 0.0%
North Carolina 55.4% 24.1% 31.4% 0.0%
North Dakota 19.2% 4.5% 14.8% 0.0%
Ohio 66.9% 30.8% 36.1% 0.0%
Oklahoma 41.3% 13.7% 27.7% 0.0%
Oregon 25.6% 13.2% 12.4% 0.0%
Pennsylvania 59.4% 30.6% 28.8% 0.0%
Rhode Island 85.5% 43.0% 42.5% 0.0%
South Carolina 62.6% 26.7% 35.8% 0.0%
South Dakota 20.4% 5.0% 15.4% 0.0%
Tennessee 48.3% 22.2% 26.0% 0.0%
Texas 36.8% 13.8% 23.0% 0.0%
Utah 35.5% 17.0% 18.5% 0.0%
Vermont 35.4% 12.2% 23.2% 0.0%
Virginia 50.7% 21.8% 28.9% 0.0%
Washington 41.7% 20.1% 21.7% 0.0%
West Virginia 29.0% 13.1% 15.9% 0.0%
Wisconsin 41.5% 15.7% 25.8% 0.0%
Wyoming 22.5% 6.4% 16.1% 0.0%

Tello Data Speeds by State

Another important question is how fast are Tello's data speeds?

Data speeds are an important part to determining what your experience is like using a network.

We used our crowd-sourced speed test data to find out how fast Tello's data speeds were in each state. We found Tello had median download speeds between 13 Mbps in Alaska to 371 Mbps in the Washington, DC. Median upload speeds on Tello were between 5.5 Mbps in Mississippi and went up to 47.2 Mbps in Idaho. And median latency was between 22 ms and 184 ms on Tello.

State Tello Median Download Speeds Tello Median Upload Speeds Tello Median Latency
Alabama 109.8 Mbps 8.7 Mbps 42 ms
Alaska 13.0 Mbps 6.8 Mbps 184 ms
Arizona 244.0 Mbps 15.4 Mbps 30 ms
Arkansas 105.9 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 73 ms
California 144.2 Mbps 18.9 Mbps 30 ms
Colorado 141.9 Mbps 15.1 Mbps 25 ms
Connecticut 271.3 Mbps 23.7 Mbps 32 ms
Delaware 145.2 Mbps 12.6 Mbps 30 ms
District of Columbia 371.5 Mbps 39.6 Mbps 22 ms
Florida 141.2 Mbps 16.5 Mbps 35 ms
Georgia 278.2 Mbps 20.6 Mbps 29 ms
Hawaii 150.5 Mbps 22.0 Mbps 70 ms
Idaho 122.6 Mbps 47.2 Mbps 59 ms
Illinois 217.9 Mbps 15.6 Mbps 28 ms
Indiana 186.3 Mbps 11.5 Mbps 40 ms
Iowa 170.5 Mbps 25.3 Mbps 43 ms
Kansas 263.1 Mbps 18.6 Mbps 35 ms
Kentucky 176.1 Mbps 13.3 Mbps 38 ms
Louisiana 62.3 Mbps 6.1 Mbps 79 ms
Maine 70.7 Mbps 9.9 Mbps 41 ms
Maryland 157.5 Mbps 18.9 Mbps 30 ms
Massachusetts 177.3 Mbps 20.3 Mbps 30 ms
Michigan 164.7 Mbps 12.6 Mbps 29 ms
Minnesota 120.8 Mbps 46.6 Mbps 91 ms
Mississippi 91.0 Mbps 5.5 Mbps 72 ms
Missouri 139.2 Mbps 13.2 Mbps 49 ms
Montana 89.0 Mbps 23.3 Mbps 92 ms
Nebraska 117.6 Mbps 43.9 Mbps 88 ms
Nevada 147.4 Mbps 34.6 Mbps 31 ms
New Hampshire 108.2 Mbps 15.8 Mbps 34 ms
New Jersey 144.9 Mbps 17.5 Mbps 30 ms
New Mexico 74.0 Mbps 12.6 Mbps 93 ms
New York 190.7 Mbps 18.6 Mbps 33 ms
North Carolina 135.0 Mbps 12.6 Mbps 47 ms
North Dakota 113.3 Mbps 38.6 Mbps 76 ms
Ohio 157.9 Mbps 11.7 Mbps 37 ms
Oklahoma 80.0 Mbps 9.6 Mbps 41 ms
Oregon 126.0 Mbps 44.9 Mbps 71 ms
Pennsylvania 140.0 Mbps 16.8 Mbps 37 ms
Rhode Island 305.4 Mbps 24.5 Mbps 23 ms
South Carolina 107.3 Mbps 15.0 Mbps 53 ms
South Dakota 116.5 Mbps 47.0 Mbps 79 ms
Tennessee 166.6 Mbps 11.8 Mbps 42 ms
Texas 238.3 Mbps 19.1 Mbps 24 ms
Utah 131.4 Mbps 17.8 Mbps 28 ms
Vermont 78.7 Mbps 11.2 Mbps 47 ms
Virginia 115.4 Mbps 15.4 Mbps 34 ms
Washington 162.6 Mbps 14.9 Mbps 55 ms
West Virginia 83.0 Mbps 12.1 Mbps 43 ms
Wisconsin 170.5 Mbps 16.8 Mbps 41 ms
Wyoming 113.6 Mbps 24.4 Mbps 62 ms

Tello vs. T-Mobile Coverage

Since Tello runs on the T-Mobile network, coverage is about the same between the two carriers.

The only difference is that Tello doesn’t include domestic roaming.

Domestic roaming is where your phone switches to a partner network for coverage in areas where your primary network doesn’t have service. 

For example, T-Mobile customers will roam on the Viaero Wireless network for coverage in Nebraska because T-Mobile hasn’t fully built out towers in Nebraska just yet.  

Unfortunately, Tello doesn’t get access to this roaming agreement, or others. 

Tello coverage will be limited to what the native T-Mobile network offers. 

You can see exactly where Tello offers coverage on their website

Tello vs. AT&T Coverage

Tello coverage is a little bit worse than AT&T coverage.

AT&T covers more of the United States than Tello, with 74.6% total coverage compared to 59.5% total coverage.

However, both provide similar coverage footprints for 5G. Tello 5G covers 49.0% of the area in the US, while AT&T’s 5G network covers 41.4%.

In major cities, both Tello and AT&T will likely perform well. In more rural areas, AT&T may be a better option thanks to its wider coverage area.

You can see AT&T coverage in your area using our AT&T coverage map.

Tello vs. Verizon Coverage

Tello’s coverage is a little bit worse than Verizon’s coverage.

Verizon covers a whopping 71.5% of the area in the US. Tello covers 59.5%.

That said, Tello has substantially more 5G coverage than Verizon does. Tello offers 49.0% 5G coverage compared to Verizon’s 14.7% 5G coverage.

Both carriers will likely provide adequate coverage in major cities. Outside of cities, Verizon’s larger overall coverage area will make sure you have service.

Check Verizon coverage and speeds in your area using our Verizon coverage map.



What towers does Tello use?

Tello uses T-Mobile’s towers to provide service.

Is Tello coverage good?

Tello covers over 99% of Americans and it has one of the fastest overall networks in the country, so it tends to be pretty good for most people.

Does Tello offer 5G?

All Tello plans include 5G at no extra cost. Tello's 5G network covers over 98% of Americans.

Does Tello have coverage in Canada?

Tello does not provide coverage in Canada.

Does Tello have coverage in Mexico?

Tello does not provide coverage in Mexico.

Does Tello have international coverage?

Tello does not offer international coverage. Tello only offers service within the United States.

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