T-Mobile announces its "Boldest Moves Yet": Jump, LTE, Nokia Lumia 925, Sony Xperia Z and more
Rapidly expanding 4G LTE network: T-Mobile has announced that its 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people across the United States and is live in 116 metropolitan areas. That is a pretty solid amount of rollout given that the company first launched LTE less than 4 months ago. T-Mobile is still on track to have 4G LTE network coverage that by the end of the year will reach 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan markets.
Simple Choice Plan for All Families: Before this announcement, we expected that T-Mobile would eliminate credit checks, but that has actually only happened with a new plan. The new Simple Choice Plan offers families 4 lines with unlimited talk, text, and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month (plus taxes & fees), and it doesn't require a credit check or annual service contract.
Expanding 4G LTE device lineup: T-Mobile introduced pricing and availability for two new 4G LTE-capable devices, the Sony Xperia Z and the Nokia Lumia 925. Both devices will be made available on July 17th, as the rumors had predicted. The Xperia Z is the same waterproof device with a 5" 1080p display, Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with expandable microSD, 13MP camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Xperia Z will cost $99 down, and $20 per month for 24 months on EIP.
– 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, JUMP!™, which enables people to upgrade their phones when they want, up to twice a year as soon as six months from enrollment.
“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 Or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US. “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.”
In addition to JUMP!, T-Mobile today announced a major expansion of its 4G LTE network to reach 157 million people in 116 metro areas across the United States. The company also unveiled a program enabling families to get four phone lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month — with no credit check or annual service contract required.
Today’s news builds on months of momentum since T-Mobile announced a series of bold moves in March. The announcements included dramatically simplifying its lineup of consumer rate plans to one affordable plan for unlimited talk, text and Web on a nationwide network; eliminating the need for consumers to sign annual service contracts; and enabling customers to get popular smartphones whenever they want for amazingly low upfront pricing.
Since then, market data indicates the company has nearly tripled its flow of postpaid net-new customers from AT&T and shows T-Mobile gaining more net-new customers in May than each of the other major wireless carriers in New York; Los Angeles; Houston; the San Francisco Bay Area; Miami; San Diego; and Washington, D.C.
An Easy “JUMP” to Phone Upgrades
JUMP! from T-Mobile is designed to provide customers with total protection for one of their prized possessions: their smartphones. It offers the freedom to upgrade to a new device more affordably and protects against malfunction, damage, loss or theft — all for just $10 per month, per phone (plus taxes and fees). That’s just $2 more than most customers have been paying for handset protection alone.
Beginning Sunday, July 14, customers can choose to upgrade when they want, not when they’re told with JUMP! Here’s how it works: Customers can upgrade to a new phone, financed through T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Program (EIP), twice every 12 months after they’ve been in the JUMP! program for six months. Simply trade in an eligible T-Mobile phone in good working condition at a participating store location. Any remaining EIP payments will be eliminated, and current customers can purchase new phones for the same upfront pricing as new customers, with device financing and Simple Choice Plan, a no-annual-service contract. With JUMP!, current customers never pay more for their new phones than new customers.1
T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network Rapidly Expanding
Having a great device means little without a fantastic network supporting it, so T-Mobile is also moving at incredible speed to make its already lightning-fast network even better and faster for customers.
Today, T-Mobile announced that its 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people across the United States — far exceeding the company’s stated midyear goal of reaching 100 million people — and is live in 116 metropolitan areas.
Major metropolitan areas where T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network service has launched include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and many others. The company debuted 4G LTE less than four months ago.
T-Mobile remains on target to deliver nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan areas.
In addition, T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network service is available to 228 million people nationwide. By combining 4G HSPA+ and LTE network technologies, T-Mobile can provide customers with a strong, seamless nationwide 4G network experience.
Launching Breakthrough Family Option with No Credit Checks
T-Mobile today is also extending its Un-carrier strategy to families by addressing a huge customer headache: being denied premium family-plan rates because of less-than-premium credit.
Beginning July 14, families can get four Simple Choice Plan lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month (plus taxes and fees) — no credit check and no annual service contract required.
An average of one in three consumers who apply for wireless service do not have strong enough credit to qualify for the best wireless rates, according to industry data. Other customers prefer to avoid the hassle of a credit check. As a result, these customers may forego service from a top provider or purchase several prepaid lines.
But with T-Mobile, all families can now access a great multi-line deal with no credit check. Simply put down a deposit (roughly equivalent to one month’s bill) to get the same incredible multi-line rates and network experience as other customers.
The Simple Choice Plan has been wildly popular with families since its introduction in March. About 80 percent of customers who have signed up for the plan have opted for multiple lines.
Continues to Expand 4G LTE Device Lineup
T-Mobile also is quickly growing its premium lineup of 4G LTE-capable devices. Today, the company announced pricing and availability for three new devices, bringing its portfolio to nine 4G LTE-capable smartphones. The new devices include the following:
· Xperia® Z from Sony. T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. wireless company to offer Sony’s flagship water-resistant Android™-powered smartphone to customers this summer.2 The Xperia Z will be available for $99.99 down, with 24 equal monthly device payments of $20 for well-qualified buyers for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com starting July 17. On July 16, customers can also pre-order the device online from the same website and receive a free Sony Wireless Bluetooth Speaker gift with purchase (while supplies last). Customers may also purchase the device beginning today at any of the 38 U.S. Sony Store locations, including the flagship store in New York, or online at www.Sony.com/xperiaz/tmobile and will be eligible to receive the free Sony speaker as a gift with purchase (while supplies last).
· Nokia Lumia 925. Also starting July 17, T-Mobile’s first 4G LTE Windows Phone will be available for $49.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $20 for well-qualified buyers for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com.
· Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1. T-Mobile will provide current Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 users with an over-the-air software update that will enable customers to take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network in the coming weeks. Well-qualified customers may also purchase the device with the 4G LTE capability for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $15 for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com today.
JUMP! may not be available in all locations. See your sales associate at participating T-Mobile retail stores, or go to http://www.T-Mobile.com for details.
For more information, fact sheets, artwork and other collateral materials, see http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/t-mobileusa/t-mobile's-un-carrier-2-0-event.
1 Device pricing may vary based on approved credit.
2 As of Feb. 4, 2013, outside of Japan there are no smartphones with a waterproof rating higher than the Sony Xperia Z/ZL. For more information on Strategy Analytics results, go to http//:www.sonymobile.com/testresults.
3 If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. Not available in Washington, D.C.
1. blackice214 (Posts: 159; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
my contract with atnt expires in 3 months..... watching very closely but I dont how well their service is in dallas
3. VictorP (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Why would you want to downgrade to T-Mobile?
6. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
How is it a downgrade? Other than coverage in some areas, and AT&T having some faster speeds in some areas, there isn't really any sacrifice. Speaking as someone who switched from AT&T to T-Mobile in 2005, and whom had an AT&T employee account for a few years until early this year.
7. Zero0 (Posts: 533; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Because it isn't a downgrade.
"I just downgraded to unlimited data."
-No one ever.
8. blackice214 (Posts: 159; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
I pay 75$ a month for 200 mb of data and Im a college student with limited means, T-mobile is half that but I dont want to sacrifice good coverage and I also want a decent phone selection but I guess im asking to much.
20. blackice214 (Posts: 159; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
Thats the cheapest plan on either verizon or atnt over here in texas and thats with the grandfathered in plan of 200mb lol a new contract will run you over 80$
14. horsecock (unregistered)
You're clearly a idiot/hater...
4. bluechrism (Posts: 98; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
It's listed as having LTE now
2. Credo (Posts: 558; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
The announcement of tomorrow will be so much bigger, can't hardly wait, but this is nice for US customers.
5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5173; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Tmobile kicking some a.s.s with their new phones.
9. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
2 upgrades a year? Boy, they are truly gambling more customers will pay that extra fee a month then actually use it. Although you are still paying off over time, so I guess they really are not out anything here. And the appeal to me is fun.
T-Mobile: Not stupid. This is a great business model.
10. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
T-Mobile apparently hates WI because when I looked at the LTE list, Wisconsin wasn't even on there.
13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4183; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Chicago is lit up with LTE pretty much everywhere. And this new Jump service sounds pretty good to me. Don't see myself switching to another carrier anytime soon.
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
damn...I may very well end up going to T-Mobile.
22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4729; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If this isn't a bait-and-switch gambit (as in bait the consumers to move to T-Mo, followed by the switch of dropping the 2 upgrades per year after the customer has signed up with T-Mo), it could be a compelling option for the areas where T-Mo has good coverage. I might have to give T-Mo another look as well.
16. Tsoliades (Posts: 161; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
Wow... don't know what to do. SIM card with AT&T, SIM card with T-Mo, or the new trade-in plan with T-Mo?
So many choices and my contract ends in December!
17. Bernoulli (Posts: 1178; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
"The Nokia Lumia 925 will be the T-Mobile variant of the Lumia 920 packed with Windows Phone 8..." um no? the Lumia 925 is a completely remasterized, crafted piece of art with PureView sensor trimmed down, with a 6 angle lens camera, how is this just a variant of the lumia 920?
19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4183; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Because it's a successor to the Lumia 920.
23. Bernoulli (Posts: 1178; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Successor = something newer, sometimes perfected, variant = something alike with hardly no differences
18. ar2730 (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 May 2012)
I love T-mobile just wish there service was better in Louisiana! I get tired of phones really fast so jump would be awesome. I already pay $9.99 / month for AT&T "mobile protection pack" and I definately only get an upgrade once every 24 months :-( . Boo 4 big blue!
21. papss (Posts: 2178; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
For my area we only get 2g coverage... As usual there is no way I would switch from LTE to 2g. If tmob would spend some of there money on better coverage they would have a new sale with me.