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

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?

What frequent upgrade plan do you like best?

T-Mobile JUMP
36.02%
AT&T Next
15.09%
Verizon Edge
18.91%
I'm fine with the 2-year cycle
14.79%
I buy devices outright anyway
15.19%

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20 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

everybody JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!..

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

3. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 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!

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

8. pritm

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

9. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

10. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

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

11. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 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

12. HASHTAG unregistered

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

14. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1029; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

17. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 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!

18. vazquez760

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 16, 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

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

20. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

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