T-Mobile removes $120 down payment for Galaxy S9+, but only for well-qualified customers

T-Mobile removes $120 down payment for Galaxy S9+, but only for well-qualified customers
If you already placed a pre-order for Samsung's new Galaxy S9+ flagship at T-Mobile, then you may soon be able to benefit from a price tweak that will slightly reduce the price of the smartphone.

T-Mobile recently confirmed it has decided to completely remove the $120 down payment for Samsung Galaxy S9+ on JUMP! On Demand. Up until the beginning of March, the smartphone was available for $120 down and $31 per month on JOD, but the carrier will not be asking the down payment any longer.

However, there are a couple of things you should know before placing your Galaxy S9+ pre-order. Firstly, the $120 down payment was only removed for “eligible well-qualified customers.” On top of that, the JOD monthly payment for the Galaxy S9+ will increase from $31 to $37.67.

According to an internal T-Mobile document, the price tweak should be effective starting March 2, which means T-Mobile support will contact customers who already pre-ordered the Galaxy S9+ and tell them about the new down-payment offer.

source: T-Mobile via TmoNews

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31 Comments

1. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

A little *less* money? It's $160 extra over 24 months, minus de $120 is still $40 more over 24 months than doing the down payment..

2. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

T-Mobile Math(tm).

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 636; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Except it's an 18-month term, so it actually is right. Also, that's the beauty of JOD. No one keeps their phone for the full term, so if you only keep the phone for 6 months or a year before you upgrade, you're actually saving money since you didn't plunk down a big chunk in the beginning.

12. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Over 18 months it's still not cheaper.

24. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

37.67 x 18 = 678.06 > 840? Wut do you mean they just added the 120 over the 18 month lease. If you want to purchase the device after the 18 month lease then you subtract the 678 from the 840 and bam phone same price

18. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

You can actually upgrade every 30 days with JOD now

4. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 636; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Double post. Sorry.

17. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

You don't know what JOD is by the sound of it. Maybe look into it before having an opinion.

20. matistight

Posts: 934; Member since: May 13, 2009

It's funny because it is all wrong because the phone is $840, not $864/$904.08. Even at 18 months, it is still off because that would make it $678/$798.06. Someone messed up the math.

25. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

I’ll make it easier for you to understand the lease is for 18 months it’s not a purchase so it’s 678 after the 18 month lease if you choose to buy the phone they charge you the 162 that’s left which is the purchase price option. Idk why you’re doing the math for a plus and non plus because this only for the plus

5. Cat97

Posts: 1775; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well...this points to "great" sales....

6. kevv2288

Posts: 272; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I just chatted with T-mobile support about this and they told me this only applies to customers with 3+ years of T-Mobile service. I'm at just over 2 so I don't qualify. He did credit my account for the shipping fees I was charged for.

7. flyer12

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 10, 2018

Ok so I am confused now, I have jump and i am still paying the $120 down and i have been a customer since 2004. I did the trade in offer with my S7 to get the S9+ for $15 dollars a month with bill credits. Should I cancel that deal? So confused now.

8. kevv2288

Posts: 272; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

If you plan on keeping the s9+ for the full 18 months it won't make a difference. If you are only going to keep it until say the note9 comes out in 6 moths i would try to get the $120 credit back because you'll end up paying more if you upgrade after 6 months with the down payment.

10. flyer12

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 10, 2018

I looked at the Note8 good phone but playing around with it at Best Buy I think the S8 plus at the time was a better fit for me :) So I think i will keep it for 18 months. The if factor would be the Pixel 3

9. kevv2288

Posts: 272; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

It's about $80 more with the down payment after 6 months and about $40 more after 12 months

19. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

There are two different ways to finance a device at T-Mobile. Jump (Pay to own - able to upgrade annually) Vs. Jump on Demand. ( Lease to own - Able to upgrade every 30 days) *Trade-in promotion only work on Jump. ** $120 is needed for Jump, but not Jump on Demand

11. Big_D5

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

You have to be with T-Mobile for 3 years to qualify it took me 10 diffrent representatives and 2 hours of my day to find that out. If you haven't been with T-Mobile for three years don't bother.

21. matistight

Posts: 934; Member since: May 13, 2009

Not surprising that it took that long to figure out. I love t mobile, but their customer service crew always sounds like today is their first day.

13. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

It's only a benefit if you trade it in after 6 months. The whole thing is still not enough to get me to get rid of my Note8. My monthly bills would end up costing more if I were to switch since I only pay $30 EIP monthly for my Note8. I'll wait for the Note9.

16. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Note 8 with JOD is $39 per month. I have it. We're not talking regular plans, we're talking Jump On Demand leasing, and this is way better than a down payment for anyone keeping it less than 16 months.

27. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

Nope, I'm looking at my bill right now. My EIP is $30 per month. I have Premium Handset Protection + JUMP that costs me $12 per month, separate from the EIP.

29. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

I originally did not have JUMP until my Note8, and when I got it I paid $210 down for it. That's probably why my monthly EIP is $30. I usually keep my phone for 1 - 2 years. When I went into the TMobile store to buy PHP for my plan the girl told me I could get PHP or PHP + JUMP. She had me come on her side of the counter to look at the screen. It showed that both cost exactly the same, $12 per month. So I just opted for PHP + JUMP for the hell of it.

22. matistight

Posts: 934; Member since: May 13, 2009

No ish the Note 9 would be the reason for you to upgrade. The reason you bought the Note is for the S Pen. If not, just buy an S9+.

28. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

I like the S Pen when I need it. I dont use it all the time. The appeal of the dual speakers and a couple of other trivial enhancements was a reason I considered the S9+. But not with a higher EIP payment, it's not worth it.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I never understood the $30/mo from TMO! What a rip off. You have to put down $429 for a 256GB iPhone X. So you still have a monthly installment cost on top of the down payment made. Why not just pay $47/mo rather than prepay for a lower monthly cost. No thanks TMO! Bad business practices... I can walk into VZ and pay nothing and walk out with a iPhone X 256GB. If I am a TMO customer I would need to put down $429+taxes before I walk off with a iPhone X 256GB. No thanks!

15. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I wrote Legere and requested this so you can thank me now. No point throwing away $120 if you are only going to keep a phone an average of 4 months before jumping to another phone. Which is the whole point of JOD. You'd have to keep it for 16 months to break even which no one does.

26. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Well you see that’s kinda why the company doesn’t advertise it anymore because they lose too much money from people doing that on these phones. Because they then have to sell this 700+ phones after someone just paid like 100 bucks to use it.

31. Acdc1a

Posts: 470; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Am I the only one who sees $37 as an INSANE amount of money to pay for a phone every month? Love my X4 that was $249.

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