Does Tello Support 5G Coverage?

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Tello uses the T-Mobile network for coverage. They do have full access to T-Mobile’s wireless networks including their 4G LTE and 5G networks. So yes, Tello supports 5G. They have access to and use all of T-Mobile’s wireless bands and network towers. However, your phone may not have access to both of these networks.

Tello Mobile 5G on iPhones

Apple typically requires carriers and MVNOs to purchase sizeable quantities of iPhones to sell to their customers in order to be able to properly use on an iPhone on their network. If a wireless provider cannot do that, which is usually because they cannot afford to, Apple will not create a proper carrier settings bundle for that carrier. Without a proper carrier settings bundle, your iPhone cannot access certain features offered by a wireless provider such as 5G network access. Fortunately, Apple does now make a generic carrier settings bundle that is able to be used with Tello Mobile. So if you have an Apple iPhone, you can get 5G coverage with Tello. But this wasn’t always the case.

5G On Tello With Android

If you have a 5G network capable Android phone, in order for it to work with Tello’s 5G network it should preferably be unlocked. However, it will also work if it’s a locked T-Mobile branded phone that is fully paid off with no financial commitments attached to it. Your phone’s preferred network type setting should also be set to 5G if you want to connect to that network.

Of course, if you want 5G network access with Tello, you must also be living in an area where T-Mobile has built out its 5G network. Fortunately, T-Mobile now offers 5G coverage in an overwhelming majority of places that T-Mobile offers service. T-Mobile’s 5G network reaches 330 million people. And of those 330 million, 300 million are covered by T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network which provides significantly faster data speeds and more bandwidth compared to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.

For full 5G compatibility with Tello, your phone should support the following wireless bands:

Ultra Capacity 5G Network Bands

  • n41 (2500MHz)
  • n258 (24GHz)
  • n260 (39GHz)
  • n261 (28GHz)

Extended Range 5G Network Bands

  • n71 (600MHz)

Keep in mind, that the extended range 5G network is designed more for coverage than speed. So when you are connected to this band, don’t expect the blazing fast data speeds that you may get when connected to the Ultra Capacity network.

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No 5G for my Samsung A71

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