T-Mobile Unveils New Jump! Program: Twice Yearly Upgrades for $10/Month
July 10, 2013 4:56 PM
comment(s) - last by
Plan is only $2 USD/month more than the previous equipment protection plan, which it overlaps
Deutsche Telekom AG's (
) T-Mobile USA has been drawing a lot of attention lately. First, there's
the merger of the budget carrier
with MetroPCS. Then there are the
signs of recovery
T-Mobile has been showing after many quarters of losses. Lastly, there's the company's dramatic decision to
move away from subsidized handsets
, becoming the only carrier to move
towards a more European model
Today the carrier
another unique offer to customers that's sure to draw interest -- a biannual phone replacement plan called "JUMP!". Here's how it works.
Currently T-Mobile offsets the sting of unsubsidized handsets by splitting the lumped cost into payments under its two-year "Equipment Installment Program" (EIP). For instance, an iPhone 5 costs
$20 USD/month under the EIP
, plus a one-time payment of $99 USD (for a total of $580 USD). But that still leaves customers in a bind, as they either have to pay the full remaining cost of the device, if they choose to upgrade early or leave T-Mobile.
That's where JUMP! comes in. It costs $10 USD/month, or $120 USD/year, but entitles you to trade in your handsets twice every 12 months. T-Mobile USA will presumably resell these relatively new handsets to non-JUMP! customers, under the standard EIP. Meanwhile, your remaining payments are voided and you get to pick a new phone.
To be clear, you still have to pay your monthly EIP fee, on top of $120 USD annual JUMP! fee, so the plan will only save you if you want expensive flagship phones (which makes sense, as otherwise why would you be upgrading biannually?).
But the plan also brings extra benefits -- protection against "malfunction, damage, loss, or theft". T-Mobile had previously charged $8 USD/month for that protection alone, so the JUMP! plan looks like an even better deal in that light.
JUMP! both protects your phone and allows you to take it in to a store every sixth months for an upgrade. [Image Source: Bloomberg]
T-Mobile USA President and CEO John Legere
brags, "At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price. That's 730 days of waiting. 730 days of watching new phones come out that you can't have. Or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera. We say two years is just too long to wait. Today, we're changing all that with the launch of JUMP! Now, customers never have to worry about being stuck with the wrong phone. And, yes - it's really as good as it sounds."
Additionally, the carrier unveiled a $100 USD/month family plan that supports unlimited calling and text on four lines, plus 500 MB of high speed data to split (additional data is available for free, but at 3G speeds).
T-Mobile also gives an update on its 4G LTE network, which it is currently in the process of rolling out. T-Mobile USA is
the last major carrier
to deploy LTE, but it's planning an aggressive deployment to catch up. According to today's release, the LTE network now covers 116 cities, or roughly 157 million Americans.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: I like it.
7/11/2013 1:14:52 PM
You should check out the T-Mobile $30 prepaid plan that gives you 5GB of data, 100 minutes, and unlimited texts each month. It's hard to beat if you're not going over 5GB on a regular basis.
RE: I like it.
7/11/2013 1:21:08 PM
I suppose I should have specified pre-paid plans that are per minute/text/MB.
The plan you are talking about sounds like a regular plan except that you're not on a contract.
I should have checked out T-Mobile when I got my S3 last year, but I did not so I'm still on my parents plan.
RE: I like it.
7/12/2013 2:40:41 AM
Anything without a contract is prepaid, hence the name.
I'm also on T-Mobile's $30/mo plan, but I don't use quite enough data for it to be better than Lycamobile, so I'll probably switch.
RE: I like it.
7/12/2013 2:08:06 PM
"You should check out the T-Mobile $30 prepaid plan that gives you 5GB of data, 100 minutes, and unlimited texts each month. It's hard to beat if you're not going over 5GB on a regular basis."
The other good thing is, when you go over on T=mo, you arente changed through the nose, your speed simply drops, so you can still at least function. I am not sure about ATT, but with VZW, you go over and you owe them your firstborn child.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
Post-Merger, T-Mobile Sees First Customer Growth Since 2009
May 8, 2013, 2:23 PM
Supreme Court Asked to Rule on EPA's Ethanol Mandate
March 27, 2013, 9:05 AM
Windows Blue Build Leaks, Shows Off UI Tune-Up
March 25, 2013, 11:10 AM
T-Mobile, MetroPCS are Ready to Merge, After DOJ, FCC Approvals
March 12, 2013, 5:11 PM
Verizon Sees Smartphone, Tablet Subsidy Costs Dropping in 2-3 Years
March 5, 2013, 3:31 PM
Finished Apple Watch Expected to be Showcased at"Spring Forward" Mar. 9 Event
February 26, 2015, 12:17 PM
Google Preps Pixel 2 ChromeBook, New X Server Replacement "Freon"
February 24, 2015, 11:12 PM
Report: Samsung Semiconductor Bounces Back w/ iPhone SoC and Memory Orders
February 24, 2015, 1:40 PM
Comcast Borrows Apple's Branding Flourishes for Its Remotes
February 24, 2015, 11:32 AM
NVIDIA Bows to Outraged Overclockers, Will Restore Feature in Upcoming Driver
February 23, 2015, 12:30 PM
BlackBerry Wages Legal War Against Ryan Seacrest's Typo 2 iPhone Keyboard
February 18, 2015, 5:24 PM
Most Popular Articles
Outbreak of Deadly Superbug at Californian Hospital Kills 2
February 20, 2015, 2:11 AM
Modern Glass (Windows 7 Aero Glass + Modern UI) Style is Coming to Windows 10
February 19, 2015, 1:05 PM
EDITORIAL: Board Wants to Anoint America World Police w/ Global Warrant Power
February 20, 2015, 9:10 AM
Quick Note: Microsoft Gives Dropbox Users Extra 100 GB of Free OneDrive Storage
February 20, 2015, 9:48 AM
DARPA Awards Boeing Contract to Test Jet Based Satellite Launches
February 19, 2015, 11:30 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information