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Changes Reportedly Coming to T-Mobile’s JUMP! – Upgrade at Any Time, No Limits, and Tablets Added (Updated)

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According to an internal memo received by Tmonews, changes are coming to T-Mobile’s JUMP! early upgrade program on February 23. The monthly payment plan, which seemed to ignite a new trend in the wireless space, will no longer have any time constraints or upgrade limits, and will soon include tablets as well. 

As of right now, JUMP! requires that you wait 6 months with your new phone before upgrading again, whereas the new version of JUMP! will let you upgrade whenever. You also won’t find limits on how often you can upgrade, so if you’d like, upgrading four or five times per year could become a reality. All you would have to do is trade in your current phone and receive credit on all of the remaining payments or “up to half of the phone’s original cost.” Tmonews didn’t have ultra-clear specifics on that portion.

Adding in tablets seems like the next logical step for these monthly payment plans, so by no means does this move sound surprising. No specific details were mentioned in terms of differences between tablet and phone upgrades with JUMP!, so they could be identical.

So there you have it.

Update:  T-Mobile has confirmed the changes to Fierce Wireless, saying that “whenever you’re ready to upgrade, trade in your device and T-Mobile will pay your remaining device payments up to 50% of the device cost. There is no more waiting period or limit to the number of times you can upgrade per year.” Tablets are also a part of the new plan.

Via:  Tmonews
  • Ziich

    I really do not see the point of jump. Personally I prefer to buy the phone outright especially since some phones begin to drop in price after a few weeks. Plus you still have to pay 150 if your phone is lost or stolen in addition to the 10 dollars a month you are already paying for jump.
    I am currently paying 140 a month two lines and I am quite happy with that

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    That’s the smell of fear and desperation. Turd Mobile users get what they deserve I guess.

  • T S

    phones are expensive. so i don’t see how anyone could think they can get a new phone whenever they want without it being somewhat costly. that’s the price you pay if you want to have the latest tech. it’s a privilege not a right.

    • but thanks though

      Actually it is neither a privilege or a right but an item for a consumer to buy. What we decide is worth the money is, guess what, WORTH THE MONEY.

      • T S

        whoa. not sure who pissed in your cheerios this morning but hope your VD gets better. and if you really think about it, it kinda is a privilege to own a cell phone. nobody is entitled to own one.

  • KingofPing

    I love that they added tablets. The rest is…meh.

  • Sailormike

    If this happens i will be extremely P%^$%d off. one of the main reasons i went with T-mobile when i changed carriers was the jump program. Service is about the same for me where i live and work throughout all of the carriers so i have the luxury of choice that i am aware, not everyone has.
    I hope that all jump participants are not rolled over into the “new” program if the details that tmonews didnt have ultra clear specifics on really are as posted!
    oh well at least i still have truely unlimited data…. for now lol…

    • J. Gilbertson

      Why are you upset about it? Just means you can upgrade more often… if you want! you can still upgrade at 6 months or even now at less. The newer version of Jump is more tailored to the customer, not the carrier so I don’t understand what you’re upset about.

  • AngryBadger

    Hmm, I’d like to know about their new international plan coming out on that date as well. Apparently they are going to offer unlimited talk to cell phones in select regions (right now it’s land-line and messaging).

  • troy studnicka

    Who cares, their service suuuucks. I’m with VZW and their coverage and speed is superior here in Madison, WI and in Wisconsin period, even small towns here have 4G. T-mobile could give away the highest end phones for free and give me free unlimited data and talk for free and I still wound’t use them!

    • Bigsike

      Keep sucking that teet.

      • troy studnicka

        You damn right I will!!!! 4G is everywhere in Wisco for the most part compared to Tsucks. There is no service for tsucks along with A T and sucks and Sprint!!!! And VZW is waayyyyyy ahead of all them especially tsucks a;';s;';s lol when it comes to coverage and service. lol…insightful I know :)

        • bkosh84

          Man I hope you aren’t an adult.. Or else the future of this country is screwed.

          • n900mixalot

            What about NO SERVICE do you people not understand?

          • Adrynalyne

            No service…for you.

            Why is it hard to understand that not everyone lives where they do?

          • n900mixalot

            The original poster wasn’t talking about other places. He or she was referring to where he or she lives. Sure if you are in a good service area the deal is a no brainer but where that poster and I happen to be there is 2G service on T-Mobile while there is 4G on Verizon.

          • Adrynalyne

            Fair enough.

          • Cobra30

            Then he/she shouldn’t start off with “Who Cares” they should start off with “Who in Madison, WI Cares”

          • troy studnicka

            Apparently none lol

          • Neil Fujiwara

            Wouldn’t it be the other way around? If he was a child, than he is the future…

          • Ariel Enriquez

            Either way, I fear for the future of Wisconsin

          • bugzy113

            read what bkosh84 wrote again and this time read to understand…

        • mcdonsco

          Dude, take your meds.

        • Ariel Enriquez

          Maybe in your area. Down here in Arizona, T-Mobile is easily twice as fast as Verizon. I just switched and yes, I did Multiple speed tests before and after

          • OreoMan

            TMo is faster here in Colorado than VZW. I was with VZW 14 years and couldn’t even make a decent call while inside my house. No problems with TMo!

        • cizzlen

          I’m not gonna lie, your post has me seriously lol’ing hard. Oh god my sides

    • Mike

      Thanks for that insightful, helpful post. /s

  • Tim242

    Tmobile’s math is starting to match Verizon’s.

  • Ravi Rao

    If I’m automatically enrolled, this sucks. I got a note 3 with 0 down. I’ll have paid 177 by the time I’m jump eligible and owe 531. If I have to pay off 50%, I get screwed more.

    • The Narrator

      Some are saying you’ll keep your old plan.

  • Detonation

    Dunno why you’d do this unless you are extremely lazy. Phones are usually worth at least half their original value for the first 9-12 months. If you want to trade up earlier, just sell the phone on ebay/swappa/craigslist and use that money to pay it off.

    • troy studnicka

      That’s exactly what I do which I’m selling my GS4 on the best network in the land VZW :) Then getting the GS5 :)

  • Alec

    This is literally useless. It’s like T-Mobile is saying we can buy a phone at full price whenever we want (which we already can) and then we can trade it in to them when we want for a new phone for half as much as we could sell them on Ebay for. Again, this isn’t logical.

    • The Narrator

      So you can get $350+ for a phone elsewhere ? Interesting. I need to find out where.

      • agentorange1985

        It’s called eBay.

        • The Narrator

          Minus fees, idk.

          • Detonation

            Average selling price for a TMobile GS4 on Swappa right now is $397. Minus $10 sale fee, $12 paypal fee, and ~$10 shipping, you’re at $365. And that phone is now 10 months old.

          • mcdonsco

            Why swappa over eBay?

          • Fry
          • The Narrator

            I guess there will always be people who will shell out ridiculous money.

          • Alec

            The phone retails for normally $600 new. What’s so crazy about paying a couple hundred dollars less for one in used “good” condition?

          • The Narrator

            Because it’s outdated. Has been since it releaed.

          • Mark Mann

            Or, if rumors are to be believed, you could have Flappy Bird installed and quadruple that…

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        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Or Swappa, Craigslist, etc.

        • bd1212

          Swappa is better.

      • Eric R.

        Swappa

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Yeah this plan doesn’t sound very good. So you buy a top of the line phone that retails for $600 at $0 down and $25/mo. In 3 months another phone comes out that you want, so you trade it in and they offer you at MOST half the value of the phone. You now have paid $25 x 3 + $300 which is only $375 out of the original $600, so now you have to make up the difference before you can officially have that phone paid off and upgrade to another one at $25 month. I also don’t get see the huge savings with T-Mobile, you pay $70 for unlimited everything but you have to add the $20+ phone payment on top of that, $90/mo is pretty expensive for one plan. Yes it gets cheaper after 2 years, but who HERE actually uses a smartphone for more than 2 years?

      • BK

        It says it will credit you the remaining payments on your phone OR up to half of the price of the phone. I read this to mean that if you had paid the phone off or close to it, you’ll still get a credit. In your scenario, $600 – three $25 payments = $525 still owed. They’ll forgive you your remaining payments and you get a new phone. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. And TMO’s $90 unlimited plan (which includes 5 GB of high speed data) is still about $20 less than Verizon or AT&T’s 4 GB plans.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          I think we need more clarification. I find it hard to believe they will relieve you of your payments, as someone could just trade phones every month. I think it’s more likely they will credit you at most half, and then you are responsible for paying the difference. I believe this is how Verizon EDGE works, you can upgrade whenever but you need to have at least half the phone paid off.

          • JoshGroff

            That is exactly what I gathered from reading it.

          • bholt6

            I think maybe BK is right with the exception that if you still owe $525 like in his example, you will only be credited for up to half of the original cost of the phone or $300. So, you would be out $225. I could be way off though…who knows.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Yeah, that’s exactly what I was saying lol

          • Mark Mann

            The way jump works now, you wait 6 months and upgrade, the remaining 18 months are completely wiped out, and you start paying on your new phone only

      • BK

        With T-Mobile right now, you can simply trade in your phone after only 6 months of payments and get a new phone (after paying whatever deposit is required). The remaining payments are wiped out and you have a new payment plan with the new phone. So if they’re only going to give half of the value of the phone back it seems like a step back to me.

      • Mark Mann

        I had the original droid for just shy of 4 years

      • Trebills

        The plan is cheaper than Verizon. $70 unlimited everything and Verizon is over $110 for limited.

    • Eric R.

      I was thinking this also, but if it wasn’t like this T-Mobile would be bankrupt

  • johnediii

    I did some math wrong on my original post…but anyway,
    If they say you now have to have 50% of your phone. The Galaxy S4 is currently $624 from T-mo with $0 and $26/month. Right now on with JUMP you can upgrade after 6 months no matter what on your GS4. If you have to have paid off 50% of the phone, this either increases your upfront cost on the upgrade to $312 – (26*number of months) or you have to now wait 12 months to upgrade.

    • jnt

      I thought you had to have 50% paid off after the 6 months?

      • The Narrator

        All this stuff is confusing. They still make up in their lower prices. Coverage is YMMV though.

      • Stephen D

        Nope, doesn’t matter how much you have paid off. And the 6 month wait is only for the first time. After that, it’s twice a year, but you don’t have to wait 6 months in between upgrades.

  • Guest

    It’s not quite so awesome with the 50% of the value of the phone thing. Actually could make you think about it less often than the current 6 months. A GS4 is like $600 and if you do one of their $0 down deals, and pay $25/month, that means 18 months to get through 50% of the cost of your phone.

    • The Narrator

      T Mobile credits you half. So it’s like buying a high end phone, at a nexus price.

      • Guest

        I don’t like Nexus phones…. too limited.

        • The Narrator

          Guests an idiot. Go figure.

          • Chris

            He is an idiot because he doesn’t like a certain phone that you like?

          • The Narrator

            Because he can’t read. Neither can you.

          • Guest
          • Mark2134

            Damn just STOP! Both.

            Edit: my thumb isn’t working apparently. I’m referring to all of you not just “guest”

          • The Narrator
          • Chris

            I read it just fine. Its your attitude to it thats the problem

          • The Narrator

            Nowhere did i say anything about a Nexus besides the price. Guest aka Chris, decided to add Nexus are limited when that had nothing to do with what i said. Try again.

          • Chris

            I’m not “Guest”. If he took you the wrong way thats his problem. but calling him names isn’t gonna solve anything,

          • Guest

            seems like its the kids today who think its funny to go prancing around calling people names. they never have respect for us elders anymore.

          • The Narrator

            You talk a lot like somebody else that comments here.

          • Guest

            Last I checked it my name is David

          • LiterofCola

            Sound like the same ‘ol droidlife

        • Richard Albert McKenzie III

          What makes them “too limited” for your liking?

          • Fry

            Don’t pay him no attention. He has no clue what he is talking about.

          • Richard Albert McKenzie III

            lol, alright. I was curious and was hoping to help offer some solutions to any problems he has with limited options from his phones.

        • Ariel Enriquez

          Can’t beat the price tho!

  • The Narrator

    This is awesome! Go Magenta!

    • Guest

      You mean T-mobile

      • The Narrator

        Magenta is their color.

        Ya learned something new today, kid. Use it well.

        • Guest

          I’m not color blind. I’ve been around since before we had cell phones.

          • Adrynalyne

            Hey, old people can be color blind too. :p

    • Guest

      You edited your post!

    • n900mixalot

      It isn’t available just yet.