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I just noticed in item 8 of my screenshot above the instructions in the screenshot are apparently the same as the instructions sent in the email, so no worries.
It will be interesting to see whether the instructions they send you are substantially different or not. When I ordered new SIMs for my in-laws' new phones a couple of months ago while Tello was still exclusively on Sprint, the instructions (part of the email confirming the purchase) were nearly identical to those included with the SIM cards when they arrived. Maybe it will be different now, given that you are activating on the new GSM platform. Please keep us posted, and thank you for being one of our "convert pioneers" here on Nth Circle.
I think you're right about GSM. As it turns out I changed my mind and decided to port the number out from this Tello account to my Liberty Wireless $60 dollar a year unlimited talk & text account since it's also on the T Mobile network and costs less than the Tello $8 + 1.62 tax monthly price. The Liberty Wireless account has worked well for almost a year now, and I'm about to renew it for another year at the same price. Phone is for my wife's mother who just needs t&t. As much as I like Tello, I prefer to save the $50+ a year going with the Liberty Wireless plan.
Yes, and the unlimited T&T + 1GB yearly plan is a good deal, too, for $93. And $5 per GB if you need more data.
This is very attractive. Is this plan still available on ebay? Thanks.
Liberty Wireless $60 dollar a year unlimited talk & text account
Just wanted to report that I got my Tello GSM sims today, but as "jmac32here" and another poster on Hofo have reported, one cannot click the activation button on the activation page, so one must call Tello in order to get GSM sim and phone activated. So, if one is not in a hurry to move to GSM, perhaps waiting for the official migration email from Tello would make for an easier transition.
It looks like it's possible to rush your conversion to GSM if you're a current customer with a GSM-compatible phone already active.
The process: Lot in to your account, visit the BYOD test page, and enter your IMEI.
When doing this, my multicarrier moto tells me it's acceptable for GSM, and not compatible for CDMA swapping into a current line.. (A bug in the return info, I imagine, since the real situation is it's already active on Tello CDMA.)
On the Do You Have a Tello SIM? field, select "No, I need one. $9.99".
The GSM SIM will be offered. The cost changes to $0 on the next screen.
On the shipping page, you can select USPS Priority for $0 shipping cost.