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T-Mobile to Launch ‘Jump’ Device Unlimited Upgrade Plan

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T-Mobile has a press event scheduled today, but the announcements they have in store are pretty much already known. The highlight of the show is definitely going to be the introduction of Jump, an unlimited device upgrade plan that will allow T-Mo customers to upgrade their current handset at “new customer pricing” whenever they want, as much as they want. 

According to previous reports, customers might have to pay an additional monthly fee to enroll in the service, but details on that are still unconfirmed. When signed up, a customer will no longer have to wait two years or for whenever their upgrade date is reached, allowing phone addicts to always have the best device on the market, if that is something they want.

On the contrary, both AT&T and Verizon recently switched to a more strict 24 month upgrade eligibility plan for their customers, as well as removing customer’s NE2 credits.

All of the details will be known once the event goes live today at 2:30PM EST, 11:30AM PST.

Via: The Verge | @zpower

  • Brandon Golway

    I switched to T-Mobile from Verizon about 2 months ago and I don’t really have any complaints. Yea I do drop down to EDGE for a few minutes here and there but most of the time I get 5-15 Mbps. I’ll take that over over-priced service and constant 1 Mbps connections everywhere. The signal strength is what really confuses me though, about a half mile from my house there are femto-cells mounted on a water tower and when directly in front of it my signal strength is -50 dbm, when I get to my street (less than a half mile away) it drops down to about -85 dbm, once I walk inside my house it drops down even further to -90 to -105 dbm! Is the transmission power really that weak?? We also have a full-blown tower a few miles away from the femto-cell.

    • Diablo81588

      Combination of the high frequency spectrum that Tmobile uses and the relative inefficiency of GSM networks with regards to distance. GSM networks require twice as many towers to cover the same distance as a CMDA network.

      • Brandon Golway

        Ahh that makes sense, thanks for the info! :)

  • JonathonFlores

    I’m not saying good-bye to Vzw but I’m definitely going to open a line with T-mo. They’re just doing all the things consumers want. Having a GSM phone will have benefits over the CDMA network that limits all the top tier handsets I’m so jealous of.

    • Thriller87

      I know GSM is waker than CDMA but GSM is what keeps me with T-Mo. With a GSM simple as popping out your sim card and putting it in another T-Mo with the ability to have service right away versus having to take a phone into get flashed when getting a different phone whether through Ebay or a used phone store.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    I think they kind of had to do this. you can already upgrade at the new two year price even if you have only been a customer for let’s say a month. the catch will be that you can only have so much of a balance each month for your phones. I’m assuming they will cap it at 1000 dollars or something. my wife and I already were able to upgrade to the s4 at new contract price and that was a month ago we have only been with tmo since the day they started these new plans.

  • James_C_L

    I gave tmo a run back in November. I live in long Island, 20 minutes from Manhattan and work in Manhattan. I could not for the life of me get a single bar of service in my house unfortunately. I was saving $70/month for the same plan. I hope to God they improve my area so I can enjoy the good life

    • michael bourgoin

      i live on LI too – but have had the opposite experiences as you. Dropped VZW for Tmob nexus 4 combo and havent been happier

      • James_C_L

        What town of you don’t mind me asking? Franklin Square here

        • michael bourgoin

          im in lake grove but work in garden city/mineola. I also teach in queens …all those spots work well for me. I def saw better more consistent coverage with vzw but it wasnt a huge difference. I have a note 2 on vzw for work so i carry two devices and compare a lot

          • James_C_L

            I found that south of Hempstead turnpike struggled big time. My parents are in Floral park and it was solid there. I’d really like to save $70/month and not have a contract. I also have a note 2 and currently on vzw

          • michael bourgoin

            hmm im south a lot too. i used to live in seaford and have friends in east meadow, wantagh, massapequa, merrick etc… I dont know, i also dont use my tmob phone for calls very much (im on the 5gb/100 min plan for $30) so maybe i havent noticed dropped calls etc… bc of that. I can say data has been pretty consistent in most places i visit. I guess its really about where you go most often and how you live etc… With VZW you dont have to worry about that …just have to pay more lol

          • apdimatteo

            Any idea about the Glen Cove / Oyster Bay area? I’m moving away from Manhattan to the north shore and am currently on Verizon but would like to switch to Tmo.

          • michael bourgoin

            i haven’t been up to Glen Cove since i switched over so i cant speak to it.

  • Intellectua1

    Only if they upped the coverage and got all the best phones like At&t I’d leave..

  • interstellarmind

    Totally happy I left vzw for tmo.

  • joejoe5709

    I’d have to crunch some numbers but you might be better off buying the phone off contract.

    • Ericfranca

      Entirely dependent on how often you upgrade your phone. Plus selling your “old” phone like half a year after it comes out will definitely help any costs you might endure. Assuming you get 2-3 new phones per year it’s a very enticing deal depending on what monthly fee they decide to charge.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Excellent timing considering I just dropped and cracked my Nexus 4 and I didn’t have insurance :/

  • fauxshizzl

    If T-Mobile could upgrade their network at half the pace they are upgrading their plans I would be off VZ in a heart beat. Make it so T-Mo!

  • Alexander Anteneh

    moving from verizon to tmobile will make you feel free at first, but trust me, in the long run you will regret not having coverage inside any building. im probably going back to verizon soon now.

    • Diablo81588

      Good plan.

    • PhoenixPath

      “in the long run you will regret not having coverage inside any building.”

      So are you just grossly misinformed, or are you purposefully lying/spreading mis-information?

      Just curious…

      • Alexander Anteneh

        They’re coverage sucks. I’m in DC. I routinely get no bars inside. Texts don’t send until I leave. I love that I’m only paying 60 bucks a month. They’re hspa+ on my n4 is great. Just would rather
        have service

        • PhoenixPath

          So you’re saying you should perhaps be clarifying your statements with “In DC.”…?

          …because in the suburbs of MPLS MN I can send texts, make calls, and download apps from inside just fine. :-D

    • JoshGroff

      I made the switch to Verizon after being a 7 year subscriber to T-Mobile. Bill costs more, reception is clearly better, and calls are clearer. Ever since T-mobile relaunched unlimited, and started expanding their network, I’ve just been waiting for a phone worth switching for. (Note 3 hopefully)

  • AnthonyMoya

    I’ve been tempted to move from Verizon to T-mobile but the coverage just isn’t that good where I’m at. When I talk to someone with T-mobile most of the time their phone is cutting in an out and drops the call. Otherwise I would be getting an unlocked phone and making the switch.

  • moelsen8

    everything about t-mobile is so awesome. and then there’s the coverage…..

    • PhoenixPath

      …which is improving by leaps and bounds, at least in the north-central US.

      • moelsen8

        hopefully they’re working on filling in their maps and not just upgrading all the existing towers. i’ve tried using them for 2 separate months and both times i’ve cut short the month and re-upped my ST sim early. i’d love to make a permanent switch, but there’s just too many places where there is no signal at all – even for voice.

  • Tyler Durden

    I’d love to trade in my phone anytime for the newest one.

  • schoat333

    Why can’t they have a decent network where I live? I’d love to leave VZW but T-mobile is sparse here.

  • pastaguy

    There are new customer prices? How are those different than the installment plan with down payments that they already have.

    • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

      there arent any, they just want to sell more phones and hope people would buy them more if they could get the installment plan rather than all at once.

  • turdbogls

    curious how this will work since they dont do contracts any more and you already have to pay a monthly fee for a smartphone (if you buy through them)

    also wondering how this works for pre-paid customers as this will be the route I take early next year.

    • http://www.bfolkers.com Brian Folkers

      I don’t see how it differs from how it is now. As long as the phone you have is paid off, feel free to upgrade. I’m interested to see the details on this one.

      • Tyler Durden

        But with this it doesn’t have to be paid off. At least not from what I’m reading.

        • jnt

          This is what I’m curious about as well. The “catch” to date was having to have the phone paid off – which makes sense honestly. Not sure how they’ll get around this.

          • THland

            Rolling debt, i would imagine

          • decidedtochangename

            Guaranteed buyback of TMo phones towards new ones is going to be my guess.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        I can see it being $10 a month program participation fee or something.

        We’ll know in a couple hours though.

  • Jeff Tycz

    Making me want to move to T-Mobile more and more…

    • Tyler Durden

      Me too. Their coverage is just as good as Verizon in my area with LTE coming up soon.

      • jnt

        Just don’t walk into a building with thick walls. ;)

        • Tyler Durden

          Hasn’t stopped any of my friends. So I’m not worried ;)

        • PhoenixPath

          Funny. Haha….

          Of course, it’s also complete BS, but, hey…

          (Our main office is in a building made of 1 ft. concrete walls and steel…and T-mobile works just peachy, thankyou.)

          • JoshGroff

            Depends on how close the tower is and other factors as well.

          • PhoenixPath

            Meaning what?

            If the building is made like a faraday cage or the tower is down/80 miles away?

            Sure.

            Under normal circumstances? It works fine…

          • JoshGroff

            Number of users connecting to the same tower, bandwidth being used by said users, material of the wall. (filler materials in concrete if we’re using concrete as the main wall material)

          • PhoenixPath

            …and frequency/mobile standard used to connect to the network?

            T-Mobs LTE seems to be penetrating just fine here. Verizons, at least 3 months ago, was horrible. Sure, it’s anecdotal, but the point wasn’t to imply it would work for everyone…simply that “Don’t walk into a building with thick walls” was a bit over-dramatic if not utterly false.

          • JoshGroff

            Frequency, definitely (common knowledge, shorter wavelengths have less penetration,) not sure how CDMA differs from GSM when it comes to signal though, so I didn’t list that as a factor.

          • Diablo81588

            I’d say on average, CMDA is usable at around twice the distance of GSM.

          • Diablo81588

            Dude, you’re trying way too hard to convince people that Tmobile’s coverage is worth a damn. I’d say in about 95% of the US, their outdoor urban coverage is decent, extremely slow in pretty much all rural areas, and borderline worthless indoors. You may have fantastic coverage in your area, but you are the extreme minority compared to others.

          • PhoenixPath

            I have not *once* stated it was better than anyone else’s on average.

            But thanks, anyway.

          • Tim242

            Their coverage map shows “4G” saturation here. I turn down my street, it goes to EDGE. I turn into my apt complex, it goes to GPRS.Not usable in many areas of town.

          • PhoenixPath

            Well, there’s one bit of anecdotal evidence, why…it must be 100% true in all cases!

            /smh

            OP made a generalized statement that was obviously false.

          • Tim242

            And what was the comment I replied to? That was def meant as a generalized false statement.

          • PhoenixPath

            Which statement exactly would that be?

            “normal circumstances”??

            Well, I suppose that depends entirely on what you consider normal.

            ..but I can sure as sin walk into a building with thick walls. :)

          • Tim242

            I would consider driving down a street in the middle of a medium-sized city and a normal apt building as normal as it gets.

          • PhoenixPath

            Fine. “most normal conditions”.

            Pick any suburb of Minneapolis, MN. I guarantee you will get LTE and voice in nearly every single building in any of them.

            Further from the cities, say 30-60 miles, HSPA+ and crystal clear voice. Beyond that I have not as yet tested.

            How recent is your T-Mobile experience out of curiosity?

          • Tim242

            It has been about 4 months. I understand that it is better in some cities than others. My point is, just don’t go by the coverage maps. T-Mobile fudges them like no other. If it works for you, great! I wanted it to work for me…I really did!

          • Fozzybare

            yep, at my house it says i should get decent 4g…get 1 bar…and switches to edge. thanks tmobile. i would love to give you my money but nooooooooo.

          • Thriller87

            It can also depend on the kind of home you live in out in Denver I walk into my moms house signal drops the minute I walk back outside full bars again. I had also lived in a duplex with the same coverage issue.

          • PhoenixPath

            ..and who wouldn’t, really? Lately in the service/feature/device dept, they’ve been kicking it.

            They’ve been upgrading left and right lately. Hopefully this horrible PR coverage nightmare will slowly disappear as they fill it out a bit more.

            I stuck VZW out for years hoping they;d make it better in my area…it never did, so I can see why one would hesitate to jump when they’ve been burned before.

            “My point is, just don’t go by the coverage maps.”

            They all lie. Some in stranger ways than others. I get LTE in a n area supposedly not covered by T-Mob’s LTE. Go figure, right? (And got no data/voice in an area VZW said was solidly covered when I was on them …the very reason I switched.)

          • jnt

            I can second this unfortunately. East TX should’ve given us at least some service where we were awhile back – but there was none – no voice, data, anything. I was ok with losing data occasionally when we traveled, but we couldn’t make or receive a call while over there. The coverage map showed otherwise.

          • hoosiercub88

            They’re not alone in that either.. all carriers do it, also YMMV, different natural and man-made occurrences can interfere with coverage, so where there is supposed to be coverage there may or may not.

          • Tim242

            Verizon’s coverage map allows for those occurrences.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            That’s impossible!! Verizon isn’t sending people around to walk into every building that is in each area of their service. They go off the same data that T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint use. They look at the signals their towers are sending out and the topography of the land and draw coverage maps based of that. There is no way to know how each building is going to effect service without literally going inside each one and inspecting around ever space of it.

          • T4rd

            Haven’t you seen the “can you hear me now?” commercials?! =p

          • Tim242

            I’m sorry, but you have no idea what you are talking about. Verizon does indeed have network testers. They spend a lot of money on that. I just came back from a vacation in the Ozarks. Their coverage map depicted perfectly my coverage between the mountains, and the valleys…even areas with heavier tree cover

          • Fozzybare

            i dont get it in st. paul park :( especially at my house…otherwise id be switching right now.

          • PhoenixPath

            Really?

            I get LTE from Lakeville (even some LTE coverage in Elko, shockingly) all the way up to Plymouth. I’ve yet to drop lower than HSPA+ even as far as New Prague…

            Someone using a cell-jammer near your home or something?? (he asked *somewhat* jokingly…)

            When was the last time you checked your coverage (are you on T-Mob right now?)

          • Fozzybare

            im on verizon. friends have tmobile…they get one bar. oh nevermind, their site now says “satisfactory” which is just above 2g. thanks tmobile. opencoverage says their closest tower is on the border of eagan and inver grove heights which would explain my problem…

          • hoosiercub88

            And that’s the case for many, many people who want T-Mobile, the network itself is garbage.

          • Matt Laney

            Look on the bright side, tmobile’s edge is just as fast as Verizon’s 3G. Lol

          • hoosiercub88

            Except when it’s not 0.0 I pull 2-3 down on Verizon’s 3G around here.

          • Tim242

            Not in my experiences. I couldn’t get a webpage to load in less than 3-4 minutes on EDGE. Verizon’s 3G isn’t great, but it’s usable. I had no problem streaming even. Besides, my whole state (Arkansas) is covered in LTE : )

          • Chris Hannan

            That’s weird because my house is made out of wood and 3.5″ bricks and I go from 3 bars outside to no service-2 bars inside, depending on how close I am to a window.

            It’s not BS at all. T-Mobile uses much higher frequencies than Verizon and AT&T which can’t penetrate walls as well. Like JoshGroff said, it depends on how close the tower is. The nearest tower is probably within a few hundred feet to your office building if you’re getting a decent signal through a foot of concrete.

          • PhoenixPath

            Jeesus people…

            It may be true in *your* specific case, in which case, I am really sorry for you…

            But the OP made a very generalized statement that is blatantly incorrect.

            “The nearest tower is probably within a few hundred feet to your office building if you’re getting a decent signal through a foot of concrete.”

            Easy enough: OpenSignal verifies the nearest tower is about 3 miles away.

          • Chris Hannan

            Don’t feel sorry for me. I have Verizon as well and have never been without coverage.

            It’s not true any only certain cases. It’s physics. Higher frequencies simply cannot penetrate objects as well. It’s not T-Mobile’s fault and there’s not much they can do about it without buying lower frequency spectrum other than build towers next to every building.

            In my area, T-Mobile has fantastic coverage everywhere outside. I’ve never lost service with T-Mobile while I was outside. It only happens inside. Like I said earlier, I go from 3 bars outside my house to no service sometimes inside. 3 bars lost just from going inside my house. Meanwhile I have 2 bars of service on Verizon outside my house and 2 bars inside.

            And I’m sorry, but there’s just no way you’re getting service through a foot of concrete if the nearest tower is 3 miles away. I’d have a hard time believing that even if you were on Verizon or AT&T, but not on T-Mobile. It’s just not possible. Either there’s a tower closer to you than OpenSignal is showing, the walls aren’t actually a foot of concrete, or your getting your signal through windows.

          • PhoenixPath

            I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the signal is coming through windows, but then…how much time do most folks, other than prisoners, spend behind windowless concrete walls??

            I had Verizon. Switched 3 months ago. Was losing data and voice on my drive to work (rural to city) every single day. On T-Mobile, voice is crystal clear the entire way and data is HSPA+ until I get closer to the cities where it’s pretty much solid LTE…even in this building.

          • Chris Hannan

            I imagine most big buildings have several rooms without windows, the most important being the bathroom. :P My dad’s office is in a windowless room. I hosted a class at another company’s building in a windowless conference room at the center of the building. I went from full service outside to 1 bar inside with Verizon. I didn’t have T-Mobile at the time.

            But yeah, I’ve used T-Mobile for 2 months on my Nexus 4 and like I said, I’ve had great service everywhere I go outside, but once I go inside, the signal drops significantly. Personally, it’s not a big problem for me because a lot of places have Wi-Fi and I use GV, so I can talk and text as long as I have a data connection.

          • jnt

            “In my area, T-Mobile has fantastic coverage everywhere outside. I’ve never lost service with T-Mobile while I was outside. It only happens inside.”

            Exact same here. We also traveled to a remote area to visit family where the coverage map showed we should be getting edge, and we had no service at all. That was a bit frustrating.

          • Thriller87

            Happened to me before too but WIFI calling help alleviate that not too.

          • jnt

            Not sure if you consider me the OP or not, but yes you’re right, it was a very generalized statement and not *always* correct. It was not meant to be a detailed analysis of T-Mobile vs. Verizon. :)

            I actually really like T-Mobile 90% of the time (have you used HD Voice? it’s absolutely incredible). But that other 10% I’m missing Verizon, and that other 10% became more important to me than I thought it would be, so we switched back.

        • turdbogls

          my buddy with a T-mobile HTC One S has better signal than my Gnex with Verizon and he is 10 feet away….all depends on coverage.

          • JoshGroff

            The G-Nex also had crappy reception in general. My Bionic could hold a signal better.

          • PhoenixPath

            Agreed. My G-Nex was horrible. I think I’m done with Samsung for a while…

          • turdbogls

            lol, very true. Just saying….i have lived with crappy signal from Verizon for 4 years now (at home and work, phone didn’t make a big difference) so i will be OK with T-mobiles “crappy” coverage.

            sure i get Verizon EVERYWHERE, and T-mobile will probably be more spotty, but for 90% of the time, i will be better off on T-mobile.

        • Timothy Sternig

          They have WiFi calls and texts though (but only on certain plans I believe), so in the event that you are in a building with thick walls and are getting poor reception you have the option to chose to receive your calls/texts over WiFi and that kind of solves that problem.

          Even though I’ve never really had a problem with poor reception at all…I know it could happen and glad I have the option to do the calls and SMS over WiFi.

          • PhoenixPath

            Haven’t actually used the calling over wifi feature…disabled it the moment I set it up.

            Have you used it at all? Any idea of the quality? (Always figured cellular would be better, but I may be 100% wrong on that…)

          • Timothy Sternig

            It works just fine as long as the WiFi you’re on has a good signal. If you walk out of the WiFi signal area or if that WiFi signal becomes weak obviously you will drop your call, but other than that it’s solid. Works just as well as the regular network calling and such…

          • jnt

            Yeah that is a nice option. I really do like T-Mobile and what they’re trying to do. Their HSPA+42 is as fast as Verizon’s LTE in a lot of places. I didn’t know my off-handed comment/joke would spark such a discussion… lol.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          AT&T and Verizon both have that problem in some places too. It all depends on where the towers are and how thick the walls are.

      • Diablo81588

        That’s hard to believe. I guess it depends on your area, but in my work building, which is a fairly large data center, I get full bars of LTE on Verizon, and my coworker gets one bar of 2G EDGE.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Really liking T-Mobile recently. Moto X or Nexus 5 on their network this fall might not be a bad plan.

    • Richard Albert McKenzie III

      I got the N4 and the web exclusive unlimited texts and data(throttled at 5gigs) and 100 minutes for only $30 a month. I couldn’t be happier coming from Verizon and paying $92 a month and the 100 minutes I get are just enough for me.

    • hoosiercub88

      Too bad their network can’t be as awesome as everything else T-Mobile.

      • Timothy Sternig

        It just depends on where you live really and where you’re going to be using your phone. In my area (Milwaukee) T-Mobile’s network is just fine. I was apprehensive at first about switching over to them because everyone always says on sites like these that their network is sketchy, but I couldn’t be happier with their network and the deal I have with them. It turned out ot be a great thing for me.

        • PhoenixPath

          Same here, but in the Minneapolis suburbs in Minnesota. Was amazed by the coverage actually. Made me start wondering if the whole hive-mind consensus about their coverage is maybe just a bit out of date…

          Will be driving to Osseo, Wi in a month so will be able to test it out on a short road-trip. Will be interesting.

          • Timothy Sternig

            I used T-Mobile way back, like 10yrs ago, and to be honest the network sucked back then, but since picking them back up recently I’ve had no problems at all in regards to the network or service.

            I’ve been out to Brewers games, Summerfest, etc. where people that use other carriers (such as AT&T) couldn’t get a decent signal and my phone has worked just fine. I even work in an office building downtown, on the 3rd floor, and have 3 bars right now as I look at my phone. I’ve had absolutely no problems with my network in any situation or place that I’ve been since I’ve had it.

            What makes all of this it even better is the fact that I have unlimited data too, and a cheaper bill every month. I’m quite impressed with T-Mobile and will continue to use them.

          • hoosiercub88

            Hive-Mind Consensus is not wrong. Take my area for example.. I need to drive two hours in any direction to see anything that isn’t EDGE or GPRS.

          • umbrellacorp

            Same. EDGE only, here.

        • hoosiercub88

          I’m glad you live in a great coverage area, but I can honestly say you’re not the majority. If you live in a large metropolitan area, or a smaller one that T-Mo has decided to bless with coverage, then that’s excellent, go forth and stick with it.

          • Timothy Sternig

            I hear you. That’s kind of why I said, “It just depends on where you live…” when I started my post. I just wanted people to know that it doesn’t suck everywhere like people led me to believe on various sites. It’s quite nice in some areas – like here in Milwaukee. If I had listened to the majority instead of doing my own investigating I would have passed up a great thing….

      • icyrock1

        I get great coverage where I live (Omaha, NE). HSPA+ pretty much everywhere on my Nexus 4.

      • Brandon Golway

        It’s slowly getting better, LTE should be in a lot of areas by the end of the summer.