T-Mobile JUMP upgrades shake up the industry, available today

July 15, 2013
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Last week T-Mobile revealed a few pretty awesome changes to their plans moving forward, and one we're excited about is JUMP. Both new options from the carrier are available starting today, and you'll want to sign up for them right away so you can get prepared to make a jump to a new smartphone in just 6 months. More details on both new options can be found after the break.

The biggest news from T-Mobile was probably JUMP. The new initiative to change how we (the customers) see upgrades in the future from carriers. Why get locked in to a 2-year contract with the same device, especially when new flagship devices get released once a year, or sooner? T-Mobile's jump lets you upgrade to a new smartphone twice a year. Yes, that's twice each 12 months.

Instead of paying $8 a month for insurance on your device, T-Mobile wants you to pay $10 for both insurance AND the option to upgrade twice a year. That means no waiting 24 months or paying full price for a smartphone. It's extremely smart, and we've already seen a leak suggesting Verizon has a plan in the works to combat the move. You can sign up for T-Mobile JUMP starting today, and your first upgrade will be available in 6 months. Then from there you can upgrade a second time whenever the heck you want. Remember though, only two per 12 months.

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Second, T-Mobile announced new Simple Choice family plans last week, which are also available today for those interested. Just like a previous plan, only now for families you'll get plans with no credit check or annual contract and offer unlimited talk, text and data for one price. One low price of just $100 per month, although the data limit is 500MB for 4G, which 3-4 users could eat up quick. Equally, you can get the same option for 2 users at just $80 per month.

Again, both of these new options from T-Mobile are available today so head into your nearest shop for more details. I'm excited to see what JUMP does to the rest of the market here in the US.


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  • Balthazar_B

    Re. “One low price of just $100 per month, although thedata limit is 500MB for 4G, which 3-4 users could eat up quick.” The Simple Choice family plan’s data is per line, so each phone on the plan gets 500MB (or 2GB, or other data tiers). I *wish* they had an aggregated data plan, which would make more sense for many, if not most families, but so far they don’t.

  • Joey

    Its a good option for new customers. I just opened a contract with tmobile back in october 2012 and that was 9 months ago and I was told by tmobile that I still have to wait 6 months till I can trade in my Note 2 or pay off the phone and start over again. Again bad business for tmobile for pulling this off. Its only good for new customers but not as good for existing customers. Again existing customers still have to wait 6 months till they can actually trade in and upgrade.

    • Eric

      If you’ve had your Note 2 9 months ago, you can trade it in today for $265 which should be more than what your remaining balance would be on your installment plan. You don’t need to wait for the 6 months to do the JUMP program.

  • Joey

    You still have to put a down payment on a new phone even after turning in your old phone.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      And you still have to pay for most upgrades when you sign a 2 year contract on other carriers. Resign-get a phone for $199 or what not. It’s still a solid option at Tmo

  • Ashley

    Tmobile has continued to dissappointment me. Ive been a customer for 3 years. I was con into signing a secnd two year contract last year when my previous 2yr contract was up in exchange I was finally eligible for an upgrade that I still had to pay a pretty price. I have never been a happy customer as long as ive been with Tmobile. The monthly rates are unsatisfying and im rewdy to JUMP to another carrier. You can have your “UPGRADE” Thanks but no thanks.

    • Tony

      As a newer T-mobile customer of just over a year, I find your argument is completely wrong. I’ve been a mobile customer since the days of La Cellular and Airtouch. I just moved to T-mobile a year ago from 14 years with PacBell, Cingular, At&T. The rate plans are the best across the board, and no matter where or when you go to a carrier there is a 2 year contract unless you buy your phone out right. At&t makes you do a 1 year contract on there rate plans. You might want to do some research first, before you make a switch.