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Old 07-21-2021, 02:43 PM   #1
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does the PinePhone work with Tello?


My provider is Tello, which now uses T-Mobile's network. My own research (digging through forum posts online) indicates that the PinePhone is said to work fine on the T-Mobile network, and at least one individual claims to successfully use Tello service on it. Can anyone here verify compatibility from experience?

The price of $150 is not bad at all, if not some huge bargain. Coincidentally, $150 is exactly what I paid for my current Samsung A10e.
 
Old 07-21-2021, 03:45 PM   #2
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I am using Tello successfully on my PinePhone at the moment. There was some speculation on a forum that T-Mobile will not stay compatible (some change in bands they offer?) and since Tello uses T-Mobile (at least on my SIM) maybe there will be problems in the future. However, for now Tello is a very inexpensive option for connection.
 
Old 07-21-2021, 03:55 PM   #3
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My provider is Tello, which now uses T-Mobile's network. My own research (digging through forum posts online) indicates that the PinePhone is said to work fine on the T-Mobile network, and at least one individual claims to successfully use Tello service on it. Can anyone here verify compatibility from experience?
I've tried several GSM and Verizon based sims without much luck in my rural area. Still haven't got around to trying the T-Mobile network since it's pretty spotty through here. Both Ting and Mint Mobile claim to support the PinePhone's modem when I enter the imei, but say coverage will be poor in my area.
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The price of $150 is not bad at all, if not some huge bargain. Coincidentally, $150 is exactly what I paid for my current Samsung A10e.
Just keep in mind that this is a vastly different phone! The A10 is quite fast and modern. The PinePhone can be quite sluggish and unreliable depending on the OS. Make double sure you understand that it's a development device currently and although lots of people daily drive theirs, it's not as easy for most people. I really like mine, and do not regret buying it, but then I'm also a developer.
 
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:32 PM   #4
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The only approved way it to take the specific number off a phone and plug it into the Tmobile site to see if you can bring it byop.
At one time one/or more of the big name carriers was not allowing some fully unlocked high quality phones for some BS reasons.

I haven't had any problem putting a T-mobile/Mint or other sim card into odd devices as long as the frequencies matched local towers.
BHphoto sells a lot of international phones and usually lists bands they cover. From a very brief look at pinephone it seems it could support T-mobile if they really are not using Sprint towers.

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