T-Mobile is bringing ‘unlimited’ to their JUMP! program

by: Jonathan FeistFebruary 25, 2014

New T-Mobile JUMP

T-Mobile has been an innovator in the US mobile carrier market. They have an un-carrier approach of contract free services, and have even been bold enough to help potential new customers write a break-up letter to their current provider. They’ve been a strong proponent of unlimited services, especially handy for our ever growing data needs. T-Mobile is now bringing that unlimited spirit to the mobile devices themselves with improvements to their JUMP! program.

The new JUMP! service allows you to upgrade to a new device as often as you want, in true unlimited fashion. 

T-mobile realized three things, customers don’t like contracts, two years is just too long to wait for phone upgrades and that very few can afford to outright purchase every new great phone. JUMP! solved these problems, getting users into the best phones for $0 down without any service contracts. We’re not talking free phones here, JUMP! is basically a purchase financing program – and about as good as financing gets. But this was just not enough, users still had to deal with rules about how many times per year they could jump on a new device. Not anymore!

T-Mobile Jump

JUMP! is easy to use – buy a phone, get a Simple Choice plan and finance your device through T-Mobile. Enroll in JUMP!, which is $10/month, when you buy your new device. Then, upgrade anytime you want by trading in your current device. New users still get phones for $0 down, current users trade in their existing JUMP! plan devices at anytime and T-Mobile will cover their remaining payments, up to 50% of the device cost.

To top it all off, T-Mobile offers Premium Handset Protection and Lookout Mobile Security which covers you if your device is lost, damaged or stolen. Not bad at all for a company that is once again talking about a sale

Does this sound like a deal you would jump on?

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I have jump and it is the “up to 50% of the cost of the phone” comments that make me nervous. Means you’re still going to have to have the phone 9m to a year to get to the half way point. Otherwise, you’re paying more cash out after already paying full tax on the inflated carrier price when you got it. It sounds like if you’re looking to swap every 3-4 months you’re still better buying outright your phone.

    • josh

      You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Someone has to pay something for these top of the line devices that everybody wants. Think about it if your partying half the retail price of a phone your basically paying a subsidy. This way you break that subsidy up over months and still get to upgrade at a discounted price whenever you want

    • KingofPing

      “inflated carrier price ”

      My HTC One through T-Mob was $579 total on EIP on launch day ($99 down, $20 a month). This is not the definition of inflated. I’d take a closer look at that claim if I were you.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        Just speaking from my experience. Not all phones likely are inflated. My Nexus 5, however was.

        • KingofPing

          It’s a Nexus. You’ll never get a new one at Google’s price from anyone but…Google.

          Not a good device to base opinions regarding “carrier inflation” on.

          • celestialmech

            Actually best buy will match the Google play store price. That’s how I got my nexus 4 and nexus 5.

          • KingofPing

            …that’s what I get for using “never”. (I’ll learn eventually…)

            Let me rephrase:

            The only time you’ll ever see the price from Google as the “advertised” price…is from Google.

            (Price matching and backroom deals notwithstanding) ;-)

            The point still being that T-Mobile does not seem to be marking up their handsets on EIP.

            (Consider the EIP cost of the Nexus devices the OEM cost to carriers, and Google is getting a “deal”)

    • Mark

      I would love to upgrade every month but I don’t think any company could afford that. You could always pay some extra on the phone to get to the half way mark faster and then get a new phone.

    • Matthew

      Exactly… Don’t you have to trade in your old phone as well? So you are paying 50% regardless if you have the device 1 or 12 months and have to give it back just to start over with a new device that you’ll be in the same cycle again. Trading in earlier than 12 months just sounds like a waste of money.

  • Mark

    Heck yeah, it is awesome. Been with T-mobile for about 9 months and love all parts of it. Jump!, Network Speed, phones, customer service.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      I agree about loving tmo. Took about 4 days for our numbers to port, so I was able to do a lot of side by side network speed tests. Actually lost half the speed at home. VZ in the 40 down range, tmo in the 20. But a mile from home in the office, I get signal where VZ did not. So a huge win. And why VZ’s argument with me on twitter about “how much data do you use now” holds no water. I used about 10-16 per month on VZ. I’m about 30-40 now on Tmo and no problems. Only twice on a road trip to DC (and we don’t go all highway) did I lose signal on maps. But it still worked well. I too am very happy with the switch.