Does T-Mobile’s “No Money Down” Deal Make JUMP Worth The Extra $10/Month?

Does T-Mobile’s “No Money Down” Deal Make JUMP Worth The Extra $10/Month?

T-Mobile was the first of the three national wireless carriers to introduce a pay-for-early-upgrade program when it unveiled JUMP earlier this month. We questioned the worth of JUMP because of its $10 monthly fee and T-Mobile’s requirement that customers make hefty down-payments on their phones. But with the carrier ditching down-payments, at least temporarily, does that change the math? [More]

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Without Drops In Monthly Wireless Rates, New Early Upgrade Programs Are A Fool’s Bet

In just the last week, three of the four national wireless providers have each announced their version of some sort of program to entice people to pay more for early upgrades. But AT&T and Verizon aren’t lowering their monthly rates to account for the higher phone prices (and T-Mobile is actually charging extra for the program), people who enroll in these offerings are really just paying for other customers’ phones. [More]

Verizon Jumps On The “Pay For Early Upgrade” Bandwagon With New Edge Program

Verizon Jumps On The “Pay For Early Upgrade” Bandwagon With New Edge Program

Yesterday we looked at the motives and math behind the new early upgrade programs from AT&T and T-Mobile and said that Verizon would likely be unveiling its own version of something similar. Well that day has come, with Verizon Wireless announcing its Edge program that let’s you upgrade as early as 6 months after getting your new phone, if you’re willing to pay a bit extra. [More]

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Here’s Why Wireless Companies Are Going Gaga About Early Upgrade Programs

In the last year, AT&T did away with early upgrades for customers, then announced AT&T Next, an early upgrade program. Verizon was the first to get rid of early upgrades, but its soon-to-be-announced Edge program is expected to encourage early upgrades. Meanwhile, T-Mobile recently showed off its JUMP early upgrade plan to allow subscribers to get new devices up to twice a year. Why all the sudden, and seemingly contradictory, focus on early upgrades? [More]

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T-Mobile’s New JUMP Program Offers Phone Upgrades Twice A Year

T-Mobile a new early upgrade program today called JUMP! — Just Upgrade My Phone — that will allow customers to buy new phones at subsidized prices twice a year, instead of every two years or so. What’s the catch? There’s a $10 a month fee, which isn’t too bad for those customers who always want to get a, well, jump on newer phones. Pun totally intended. [More]