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T-Mobile may soon let you JUMP! as much as you want

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T-Mobile may soon let you JUMP! as much as you want
T-Mobile has already done quite a bit as far as its UNcarrier movement is concerned. It has killed contracts, removed family plan credit checks, and offered to pay your early termination fee if you want to switch from another carrier. One of the biggest changes was its JUMP! plan which allows customers to upgrade their device every six months.

Now, there is chatter that T-Mobile may be changing the JUMP! plan. The first change is fairly minor, and will add tablets to the options. The other change is pretty massive though - T-Mobile may allow you to upgrade as much as you want and not have to wait 6 months between upgrades. Unfortunately, it is unclear exactly how that would work. If you have been a JUMP! customer for at least 6 months, you will be grandfathered in and allowed to upgrade even if you haven't paid off 50% of the device. It gets confusing with the wording on how it works for new customers:

New customers adding JUMP! will be able to upgrade whenever they like, as long as they trade-in their current phone and 50% of the phone cost is paid by doing so.

It does seem that the major caveat there could be that when you trade in your device for an upgrade, T-Mobile will waive the rest of your payments, but only if the amount left minus the trade-in value is less than 50% of the original cost of the phone. Depending on how much T-Mobile offers on trade-ins, this could end up being a great deal, but we'll have to wait and see. 

The leaked info says that these changes to the JUMP! plan will come on February 23rd, so we should find out all the facts soon enough.

source: TMoNews

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:29 5

1. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

T-mobile is #1 in my carrier choice.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:53

2. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Wonder if the phones you give back they will sell as refurbs. Cause if not thats gonna be a huge loss.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 20:00

3. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

It sounds exactly how it's described: Basically, they are removing the 6 month requirement, as long as the device is at least 50% paid off.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 20:02

4. wkm001 (Posts: 143; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)

I always wondered why all the carriers didn't do this. If you have paid off 50% of the phone, the phone obviously has more value to the carrier. And they can pay you whatever they want for a used phone.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 21:08 1

5. cleat-glitch (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

ok...ok...if the wording is right...i might jump over to tmo...i luv me some phones

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 21:12

6. Fuego84 (Posts: 352; Member since: 13 May 2012)

Mmm that's odd I paid $360, more that 50%, for the HTC One up front 5 months ago and I'm paying equipment plans of 12.50 per month. Doesn't that mean I could of used jump plan since the beginning being that I paid more than 50% of the device lol.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 23:46 1

7. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I like this option - BUT!!!! - it does cost more for the consumer - it does, however, give them a little more wiggle room for changing phones. If you buy a Note 3 and pay half of it - which is around 355.00 - and then you change it for a new phone - you just lost 355 dollars. Where as the old way, you paid 199-299 for a top of the line phone, such as the Note 3, and then you have to wait 18-21 months before you could upgrade. Money vs. Versatility.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:50 3

8. Michaelsalaets (Posts: 27; Member since: 09 Feb 2014)

I'd rather sell my phone and buy a new one outright for a few hundred more than loose money trading in a phone I already paid half of the retail price for..

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:12

9. andynaija (Posts: 983; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Seriously who's going to be jumping from phone to phone like that?

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