Twenty-four whole months just to get your hands on a new handset? That’s not exactly an ideal situation considering the speed at which mobile phones evolve, but it seems to be the industry standard in the United States. The good news is that one of the major carriers is looking to do away with this standard and instead give us more options.
As you probably know already, T-Mobile recently changed things up with its “uncarrier’ approach, doing away with contracts and instead giving us the option to either buy phones outright or spread out the payment over 24 months. While T-Mobile’s strategy is different, it really doesn’t change the fact that 2 years is a long time to wait for a phone. That’s where the newly announced T-Mobile JUMP program comes in.
So what the heck is JUMP? “Just Upgrade My Phone” is a special plan that allows you to swap out your old device for a new phone twice a year, as long as you’ve been enrolled in the program for at least six months.
JUMP also works as an insurance plan. If your phone is lost, damaged or stolen, you simply need to pay a deductible in order to pick out a new device as a replacement.
With JUMP, you simply give back your old phone and all the original payment plans tied to the device are canceled with no further obligation on your part. From there you can simply choose a different device, with all the same ‘discounts’ and promotions that any new customer would receive for the handset.
Besides giving you a way to trade out your old device, JUMP also works as an insurance plan. If your phone is lost, damaged or stolen, you simply need to pay a deductible in order to pick out a new device as a replacement.
As you might expect, there is a small catch to JUMP: it’s an optional monthly service with a $10 fee.
Is it really worth paying $10 for the option to get out of your payment plan and ‘start over’ with a new device? The answer to that question depends on what type of user you are.
If you enjoy having the latest and greatest devices, then sure. If you are the kind of buyer that sticks with the same phone for 2-4 years, probably not. What do you think of T-Mobile’s new JUMP program interested or not?
T-Mobile Announces Boldest Moves Yet as America’s Un-carrier
– Unveils JUMP!™ — a groundbreaking approach to more frequent phone upgrades
– Rapidly expands 4G LTE network to cover 157 million people in 116 metro areas
– Launches four-line family plan for $100 per month
NEW YORK — July 10, 2013 — T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) isn’t resting after turning the industry upside down with its “Un-carrier” approach to wireless earlier this year. It’s picking up the pace and continuing to revolutionize wireless for consumers.
At an event in New York today, America’s Un-carrier announced a groundbreaking new program, …read more
Via: Android Authority