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Which frequent upgrade plan do you prefer: JUMP, Next, or Edge?

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Which frequent upgrade plan do you prefer: JUMP, Next, or Edge?
Last week, T-Mobile got the ball rolling by announcing JUMP, which would allow customers to forget about that whole 2-year upgrade cycle and get a new device more frequently. Just now, AT&T announced its own version of that plan, called AT&T Next. And earlier, we saw a leaked document that detailed Verizon's rumored plan for frequent upgrades called Verizon Edge.

T-Mobile JUMP will allow you to upgrade your device every 6 months, if you would like. But, in addition to paying what you normally would for a device, you will have to pay $10 per month for JUMP, but that fee does include phone insurance. So, if you wanted a Samsung Galaxy S4, it would cost you $99 up front, plus $20 per month for the device, and $10 per month for the JUMP plan.

AT&T Next will only let you get a free upgrade after 12 months, but won't charge you anything up front, and instead spreads out the cost of a phone or tablet over 20 months. So, a Samsung Galaxy S4 would cost you $32 per month, and after 12 months, you could get a free upgrade (insurance is extra). 

The details of Verizon Edge are still just rumors at this point, but the idea would be that you can upgrade as often as you'd like, as long as you've paid 50% of the cost of your device. So, if the full price of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is about $650, once you've paid off $325 of that, you can upgrade. 

We'll be asking again once we have proper info for Verizon's Edge plan, but for now, which plan do you like best: JUMP, Next, or Edge?

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What frequent upgrade plan do you like best?
36.02%
358 votes
(358 votes) T-Mobile JUMP
15.09%
150 votes
(150 votes) AT&T Next
18.91%
188 votes
(188 votes) Verizon Edge
14.79%
147 votes
(147 votes) I'm fine with the 2-year cycle
15.19%
151 votes
(151 votes) I buy devices outright anyway

994 votes

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posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:13 12

1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 724; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


everybody JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!..

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 01:21 3

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Unless the phone you are wanting is not available on T-Mo.

Frankly, I wish carriers would return the 1 year contracts. After 1 year, you owned the phone. This new way, you are trading the phone in. This is more like a 1 year (or 6-month) lease program. Read the fine print - you don't own your phone when it becomes eligible for a trade (there is a balance remaining).

And what if the phone gets damaged? Hopefully the insurance is going to cover repairs. Until the insurance companies start to lose $ on all of the repairs they have to cover.

IMO, 1 year contracts were better. You owned the phone after the 1 year and could sell it to cover part of the cost of a new phone.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 08:18 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5664; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


It's gonna make me JUMP JUMP!! wears clothes backwards

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:18 7

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3661; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


JUMP definitely. Upgrading 2 times a year whenever you choose and paying only as much as anyone coming off a contract is really something. The included insurance really puts it over the top, though. Verizon's offering seems to be the closest to JUMP in terms of value, but unless they include insurance as well, it doesn't stack up to JUMP.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:38

3. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 152; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


I totally agree. The only con is that you'd first have to wait 6 months before being able to upgrade every half year. T-mobile rules!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:18

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5488; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


another thing to consider is that going with a simple choice plan and adding a device installment plan would bring you up cheaper in monthly payments versus other plans anyway.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 01:44 3

8. pritm (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Without a doubt JUMP..at least for me.I was paying $11.99 for S4 and my wife was paying the same for HTC One(these two falls under special pricing for insurance..rest high end smartphones are approx $7.99).Now with Jump I have the same extended coverage for $10 and that makes basically JUMP service FREE for me and now I pay LESS for insurance.
So depending on the way you look at it..you get JUMP free with extended coverage on mobile or get free coverage with JUMP service..either way..with T-mobile JUMP you get one service free.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 02:16

9. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


So someone whose grandfathered on an unlimited data plan on at&t shouldn't bother paying any mind to this NEXT thing right?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 06:14 4

10. k1ng617 (Posts: 234; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


What copy cats... I love that T-mobile is thinking different and quite frankly shaking up the duopoly that verizon and att had.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 07:35

11. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


jump seems great out of all of them. especially since the other carriers pretty much had a knee jerk and followed after tmobile. but seems pointless and i think its smarter to just buy a phone from somewhere else and switch chips. in the end the phone u bought is urs and not owned by the carriers like some used car

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 07:47 3

12. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Of course Sprint is behind, as usual. Gosh, why on earth did I go with Sprint?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 08:41

14. mcshank (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


your stupid, Sprint lets you upgrade every 20 months already vs the 24month cycle + they have the upgrade now offer which will be a reduced price vs etf that you can pay or sometimes bill to account *if account is in good standings* to go get a new phone earlier then 20months. Behind? Sprint has had this early cycle upgrade plan forever.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 09:25

15. TBomb (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Any insight on whether you would have to pay the rest of the 50% on the Edge program? Or at least any guesses...?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 12:58 1

17. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 77; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Basically all 3 of these plans are LEASING PLANS for the phone you will have in hand; if and when you upgrade, you will have to SURRENDER your current phone ( which you have already put $300+ on ) and start ALL OVER paying ( or AGAIN LEASING ) a different phone. The only DEFINITE will be the never-ending "new" supply of refurbished phones!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 17:19

18. vazquez760 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


Its funny how you guys like Tmobile so much yet havent thought about the hiden EXTRA $10 tax fees making it as expensive as At&T AND Verizon

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:22

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4076; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I chose Verizon edge....cuz I'm on Verizon....lol.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 12:05

20. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


There's no such thing as a "free" upgrade these days.

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