How good is Tello's coverage?
In this article we will cover:
Let's dive in!
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 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 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 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 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.
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:
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.
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 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’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.
Tello uses T-Mobile’s towers to provide service.
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.
All Tello plans include 5G at no extra cost. Tello's 5G network covers over 98% of Americans.
Tello does not provide coverage in Canada.
Tello does not provide coverage in Mexico.
Tello does not offer international coverage. Tello only offers service within the United States.