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T-Mobile announces JUMP: A new approach to more frequent phone upgrades

By Bla1ze on 10 Jul 2013 04:21 pm EDT
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A rather big day for T-Mobile customers and would-be T-Mobile customers. At their event held in New York City, T-Mobile CEO John Legere dropped a ton of new information about their LTE network and unveiled a new phone upgrade system called JUMP. Allowing customers, for $10 per month per phone, to upgrade their device up to twice every 12 months with minimal amount of strings attached.

Here’s how it works: Customers can upgrade to a new phone, financed through T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Program (EIP), twice every 12 months after they’ve been in the JUMP! program for six months. Simply trade in an eligible T-Mobile phone in good working condition at a participating store location. Any remaining EIP payments will be eliminated, and current customers can purchase new phones for the same upfront pricing as new customers, with device financing and Simple Choice Plan, a no-annual-service contract. 

The JUMP program begins as of July 14th, so if you're looking to get a new device and T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, you might want to hold off until then. In addition to JUMP being announced, T-Mobile also took the time to let everyone know that 4G LTE has been rolled out 116 metro areas and is now covering around 157 million people and will continue to grow as time goes on, to 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan areas.

New family plans also got some love as a new program was unveiled that allows families to get four phone lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month — with no credit check or annual service contract required. It was a pretty crazy webcast and had some pretty interesting moments. If you're looking for more details, you can jump below to catch the full press release from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile Announces Boldest Moves Yet as America’s Un-carrier

  • Unveils JUMP!™ — a groundbreaking approach to more frequent phone upgrades
  • Rapidly expands 4G LTE network to cover 157 million people in 116 metro areas
  • Launches four-line family plan for $100 per month

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) isn’t resting after turning the industry upside down with its “Un-carrier” approach to wireless earlier this year. It’s picking up the pace and continuing to revolutionize wireless for consumers.

“We say two years is just too long to wait. Today, we’re changing all that with the launch of JUMP! Now, customers never have to worry about being stuck with the wrong phone. And, yes — it’s really as good as it sounds.”

At an event in New York today, America’s Un-carrier announced a groundbreaking new program, JUMP!™, which enables people to upgrade their phones when they want, up to twice a year as soon as six months from enrollment.

“At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price. That’s 730 days of waiting. 730 days of watching new phones come out that you can’t have. Or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US. “We say two years is just too long to wait. Today, we’re changing all that with the launch of JUMP! Now, customers never have to worry about being stuck with the wrong phone. And, yes — it’s really as good as it sounds.”

In addition to JUMP!, T-Mobile today announced a major expansion of its 4G LTE network to reach 157 million people in 116 metro areas across the United States. The company also unveiled a program enabling families to get four phone lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month — with no credit check or annual service contract required.

Today’s news builds on months of momentum since T-Mobile announced a series of bold moves in March. The announcements included dramatically simplifying its lineup of consumer rate plans to one affordable plan for unlimited talk, text and Web on a nationwide network; eliminating the need for consumers to sign annual service contracts; and enabling customers to get popular smartphones whenever they want for amazingly low upfront pricing.

Since then, market data indicates the company has nearly tripled its flow of postpaid net-new customers from AT&T and shows T-Mobile gaining more net-new customers in May than each of the other major wireless carriers in New York; Los Angeles; Houston; the San Francisco Bay Area; Miami; San Diego; and Washington, D.C.

An Easy “JUMP” to Phone Upgrades

JUMP! from T-Mobile is designed to provide customers with total protection for one of their prized possessions: their smartphones. It offers the freedom to upgrade to a new device more affordably and protects against malfunction, damage, loss or theft — all for just $10 per month, per phone (plus taxes and fees). That’s just $2 more than most customers have been paying for handset protection alone.

Beginning Sunday, July 14, customers can choose to upgrade when they want, not when they’re told with JUMP! Here’s how it works: Customers can upgrade to a new phone, financed through T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Program (EIP), twice every 12 months after they’ve been in the JUMP! program for six months. Simply trade in an eligible T-Mobile phone in good working condition at a participating store location. Any remaining EIP payments will be eliminated, and current customers can purchase new phones for the same upfront pricing as new customers, with device financing and Simple Choice Plan, a no-annual-service contract. With JUMP!, current customers never pay more for their new phones than new customers.1

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network Rapidly Expanding

Having a great device means little without a fantastic network supporting it, so T-Mobile is also moving at incredible speed to make its already lightning-fast network even better and faster for customers.

Today, T-Mobile announced that its 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people across the United States — far exceeding the company’s stated midyear goal of reaching 100 million people — and is live in 116 metropolitan areas.

Major metropolitan areas where T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network service has launched include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and many others. The company debuted 4G LTE less than four months ago.

T-Mobile remains on target to deliver nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan areas.

In addition, T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network service is available to 228 million people nationwide. By combining 4G HSPA+ and LTE network technologies, T-Mobile can provide customers with a strong, seamless nationwide 4G network experience.

Launching Breakthrough Family Option with No Credit Checks

T-Mobile today is also extending its Un-carrier strategy to families by addressing a huge customer headache: being denied premium family-plan rates because of less-than-premium credit.

Beginning July 14, families can get four Simple Choice Plan lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month (plus taxes and fees) — no credit check and no annual service contract required.

An average of one in three consumers who apply for wireless service do not have strong enough credit to qualify for the best wireless rates, according to industry data. Other customers prefer to avoid the hassle of a credit check. As a result, these customers may forego service from a top provider or purchase several prepaid lines.

But with T-Mobile, all families can now access a great multi-line deal with no credit check. Simply put down a deposit (roughly equivalent to one month’s bill) to get the same incredible multi-line rates and network experience as other customers.

The Simple Choice Plan has been wildly popular with families since its introduction in March. About 80 percent of customers who have signed up for the plan have opted for multiple lines.

Continues to Expand 4G LTE Device Lineup

T-Mobile also is quickly growing its premium lineup of 4G LTE-capable devices. Today, the company announced pricing and availability for three new devices, bringing its portfolio to nine 4G LTE-capable smartphones. The new devices include the following:

  • Xperia® Z from Sony. T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. wireless company to offer Sony’s flagship water-resistant Android™-powered smartphone to customers this summer.2 The Xperia Z will be available for $99.99 down, with 24 equal monthly device payments of $20 for well-qualified buyers for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://crackberry.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-3045577-11031750%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.T-Mobile.com starting July 17. On July 16, customers can also pre-order the device online from the same website and receive a free Sony Wireless Bluetooth Speaker gift with purchase (while supplies last). Customers may also purchase the device beginning today at any of the 38 U.S. Sony Store locations, including the flagship store in New York, or online at www.Sony.com/xperiaz/tmobile and will be eligible to receive the free Sony speaker as a gift with purchase (while supplies last).
  • Nokia Lumia 925. Also starting July 17, T-Mobile’s first 4G LTE Windows Phone will be available for $49.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $20 for well-qualified buyers for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1. T-Mobile will provide current Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 users with an over-the-air software update that will enable customers to take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network in the coming weeks. Well-qualified customers may also purchase the device with the 4G LTE capability for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $15 for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://crackberry.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-3045577-11031750%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.T-Mobile.com today.

JUMP! may not be available in all locations. See your sales associate at participating T-Mobile retail stores, or go to http://crackberry.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-3045577-11031750%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.T-Mobile.com for details.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.:

As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The company's advanced nationwide 4G and 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences for customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile US operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It currently serves approximately 43 million wireless subscribers and provides products and services through 70,000 points of distribution. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com. For more information, fact sheets, artwork and other collateral materials, see http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/t-mobileusa/t-mobile's-un-carrier-2-0-event.

  • 1) Device pricing may vary based on approved credit.
  • 2) As of Feb. 4, 2013, outside of Japan there are no smartphones with a waterproof rating higher than the Sony Xperia Z/ZL. For more information on Strategy Analytics results, go to http://www.sonymobile.com/testresults.
  • 3) If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. Not available in Washington, D.C.

 

Topics: T-Mobile Carriers

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T-Mobile announces JUMP: A new approach to more frequent phone upgrades

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Wow I know. It's like... Damn. I'm hating the fact I'm signed on to AT&T everyday now.

via CB10 (BB Z10 : BLK : OS 10.1) [ Follow me @EHZAY for BB News & Tech Updates ]

There needs to be an example attached to this article.

Basic example:

You finance a Z10 through TMobile's Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) for $150 up front and $20/month. Plus, you pay $10/month to enroll in JUMP. After 6 months of in JUMP ($60 paid into the program), you can, if you want to, swap your phone for a different one. You exchange the Z10 for a Q10. You can either pay for the Q10 outright, or finance it with EIP and pay $150 downpayment and $20/month (until the full price is paid off).

You can do this up to twice a month every 12 months.

Here's the math:

$150 down payment + 120 ($20/month for 6 months) + $60 ($10/month for 6 months) = $330

If at this point in time you decide to swap for another phone:

$330 + $150 Q10 EIP down payment (or full price if you jsut want to buy outright) = $480

As someone else already mentioned, it's basically like renting/leasing a phone, kinda like leasing a car with the option to buy/own.

I think you havr that mostly right but the z10 is only 100 down and 18 per month. The q10 is 100 down and 20 per month

Posted via CB10

Very cool, except I wouldn't want to trade in my old phone. You pay for the phone as it is: and then you have to pay for a new one again. I should be able to keep my old phone, and simply pay for the upgrade.

Posted via CB10

Well your not paying for the phone really, it's more like a lease on a car. You pat your installments for 6 months, trade in that phone and start again with a new one. So yeah, you don't get to keep the device, it's more like renting. Really cool idea though.

BlackBerry Z10 | Verizon | 10.1.0.4537

But why the heck would anybody want to give up their phone after only 6 months? That's not much time at all. I honestly think if I were to get something like this on AT&T I'd only use it maybe once a year. That way I can get the yearly flagships and not have to worry about if I just missed a great device. 6 months is too fast, but if I could use this just once a year I believe it could be really cool.

A good many folks around here get new devices every few months when they're released.

Posted via CB10

Keep in mind, this is in the range of $280-$300. Not exactly pocket money for most of us, but still much less than $550-$600. Plus TMO is a carrier that provides for, if not expects some users to be able to buy their device outright.

Oh. I had no idea that T-Mobile phones costed around the same that AT&T and others do. I had thought that DylanHabkirk had meant he dished out $500-700 every few months, which is ridiculous :P Definitely gonna take a look at T-Mobile in two years then, as this Jump could actually be of use to me then. What's T-Mobile's current upgrade policy besides this Jump?

Current policy is that you pay a down payment (usually $100–150) and then make monthly payments (up to $20) for two years, until the phone is paid off. You can also choose to pay off the balance at any time within the two years, or you can buy a phone outright for the 500-700 retail price. Any way you choose, you pay full price for the phone. In exchange you get no-contract service and cheaper rate plans.

So, for example, the Z10 is $100 down plus 24x18=$532. Right at par with AT&T retail price of $550.

My Q10 on T-Mo (I bought on launch day) cost $99 and is $20/mo for 24 months for a total purchase price of $579. T-Mo is now saying I can pay $10/mo starting now and if I want to say, trade for an A10 in six months I am free and clear on the Q10. Sounds like a good deal to me.

I wish I still had my 9700 though. It was far from perfect but such a gorgeous device. I also wish we (the missus and I) had kept our first "brick type" cell phone. It would have been fun to show our kids who are scarcely old enough to remember a time before smartphones or phones without built-in cameras. I've pretty much decided any BlackBerry I "retire" will become a keepsake but for people who like to upgrade to the latest and greatest this should be a great program.

Posted via CB10

Not crying. My only complaint about that system is having to turn in a phone in order to receive the discount. Especially when I pay a high premium initially when I upgrade (IE - Paying for the entire phone) . Like I said; some of us can afford that purchase whenever we please. Don't hate on that.

If you're paying full price for the phone, you shouldn't be on a contract and the Jump! program wouldn't be of use to you.

JB

Posted from my brain to your screen via CBQ10

On the contrary. A contract is how one maintains cellphone service. When upgrading early, you are forced into paying full price for a new phone, or extending your contract and paying slightly less. The "Jump!" Program WOULD be suited to someone like myself who constantly upgrades within 6 months to a year; because it would allow more discount on the initial buy. However it isn't something I would participate in due to having to return the phone I had already payed for. I don't get what is so difficult to comprehend. Not everyone has the same cell service; and therefore terms of the contracts and upgrade's differ. I'm simply expressing my position based on my cellphone provider.

U only pay 100-150 + 10/month you dumass.

If you only keep a phone for two years it can work out to be cheaper, you just can't sell the phone later for a Roi.

Look at the example the guy gave.

Posted via CB10

(Delete this reply please. Just realized it wasn't replying to my comment, and don't want to embarrass myself.)

it's called craigslist. I flip probably 20-30 phones a month. A lot of them are mid range devices but once in a while i get a really cool phone, use it for a while, then when i'm bored i flip it. I usually gain about 10-50% profit on each device. So my wallet is only dented with that extra income from constantly switching devices. Have you never bought or sold something online? you can get 50-75% of you contract price for a phone after a year or so and sell it off. in the words of that fancy tv chef, BAM!

I have used those methods before. Not that much profit, and it's easy to get scammed; and in addition I don't use used phones. I buy brand new. That's my choice. Don't try to come at me just because I commented on a US telephone system that I communicated that I would not buy into. Move on and stop judging.

Posted via CB10

Not only that; but I don't buy or use "mid range phones" or cheap ones at that. You have your opinion and that's fine. Just don't plaster it in my face and act like your all that just because you have a system that works for you.

Posted via CB10

The devices are in part subsidized by your phone trade in. The model wouldn't work without the trade in.

It's a business in the end. Every carrier has the same end result, they just move around the resources differently.

Verizon for example: save that 10 a month, 60 bucks every 6 months, sell your 6 month old device for 200-300 (maybe more depending on the model), then buy a new one for full price. You're in almost the same boat.

Posted via CB10

Might need to get girlfriend to drop Verizon for her family's phones (2 only).

I'd try T-Mo if I didn't have a sweet AT&T deal that lets me do an annual upgrade on my company's biz account.

I agree. Why trade in an old phone that you paid for, for a newer one? Child please.

Posted via CB10

So... You're paying $10 a month and you have to give up your old device?

If you want the latest iPhone, on top of the cost of the phone, you're paying $120 a year extra and losing out on the $$$ from selling you're old phone.

Pretty crap deal.

You trade in your old phone that's not paid off yet, and they forgive the remaining payments. So, in a sense you're "selling" it back to T-Mobile.

Very aggressive by T-Mobile, definitely trying to wrangle some customers away from Verizon and AT&T. It's a nice deal that allows people to try the latest phone more frequently, but money-wise it's not much of a difference from other models. They'll surely market it to be better though and that's what ultimately matters.

Posted via CB10 on my white Z10 & lovin' it!

Theyre trying to get people to sign up for the ip5 since the deal was made. They have to move them somehow lol.

Posted via CB10

Yawn. These days the changes in phones are not all that dramatic. Two years is fine with me. In fact, Apple and Samsung are having a problem getting their customers to buy new phones since their old phones are good enough.

What is odd is T-mob went through all these gyrations to get around subscription plans, and now they have essentially introduced a new subscription model.

I don't see this Legere guy lasting long. I had to go the hoops just to keep my old subsidized T-mob plan since I had unlimited data. The amount of arse kicking to do so was significant. [Tip o the hat to Costco Wireless for kicking T-mob hiney.]

What would impress me is if T-mob got some more roaming rights on AT&T towers. There are places in the country where T-mob doesn't work and AT&T does, yet their is no roaming. I'm not expecting T-mob to be Verizon (the most coverage in the US), but there are places where the holes can be filled and T-mob is doing nothing about it.

Sounds like a good deal. Hope there isn't to much fine print. #blackberry10 #keepmoving #moblenation #teamblackberry

Posted via CB10 on T-Mobile USA

This is totally copied on the car lease system.......smart idea........again it's a luxury feature........you pay more for the phone but get a new one sooner......Of course financial it doesn't make sense......mm but if you are a fancy boy or girl then you might like this
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Sexy White BlackBerry Z10

You have to think they are watching the anger at Verizon being slow to update software and maybe thinking they can get people that like to upgrade hardware.

So .... I bought my Z10 outright to keep my unlimited plan. Does that mean my Verizon bill should go down a little as I am no longer paying on a phone? My two years was up at the beginning of June.

No, because the contract was not explicitly to subsidize the phone. The subsidized phone was only to get you to sign the contract, which was actually just your commitment to buy service from them for *at least* 2 years. Now that those two years have passed, you are free to renegotiate a new contract if you so wish... until you do, nothing will change since you haven't asked for it.

That's the difference between the VZW and ATT subsidized 'offers', and TMo's new 'payment' plans. The payment plan IS actually for the device, and thus, at the end of its term, that payment plan fee goes away.

Posted via CB10

Sounds like a good way to go for some people. It's important to remember you don't have to be part of the program if you don't like it. It's an option.

Posted via CB10

I don't know where you are, but in New York City TM 4G LTE is almost everywhere.
Their rates are far lower than VZ, ATT or Sprint.
TM Customer service had vastly improved since the ATT merger went bye bye.

No kidding. As soon as my contract is up, I'm ditching T-Mo (and possibly BB, but that's another story).

Almost the entirety of my state only has EDGE, with LTE only in the two major cities, and 2 small towns for some reason.

In addition, I noted on New York TV:
The BB ad for Q10 has TM as the listed vendor

Good news.
During the time the Z10 came out, TM was running a promo to bring your current iPhone to them.
Now their promo seems to focus on the BB products.

Another thing to note os that T-Mobile does not have hidden phone payments on their plans.

So you save a lot.

Of course the other way to save is to buy used phones and sell them every few months.

Posted via CB10

Essentially, I'll be able to get the A10 when it comes out by trading my Q10. It's pretty sweet if you think about it.

Posted via CB10

Mind you, Q10 is 99 on T-mobile while it's 199 on aTT and Verizon. So by being on it you're already paying what I'll be paying in 5 months, and I can switch after but you can't without being penalized.

Posted via CB10

You can get it for less if you go to Amazon and other retailers... Where as with the new structure most retailers like Amazon have dropped T-Mo entirely.

This is amazing! I'm glad I'm with T mobile! Now I don't know if I want to get a Q10 or stay with my Z!

Posted via CB10

Jesus... $70 for truly unlimited data + $20 device payment + $10 JUMP/Insurance payment... $100 for the T-Mo network O.o, then the pleasure of losing the down payment and any money paid on the phone you currently had... Isn't the equivalent European structure that you trade in the old phone at anytime and get a credit for the value of the phone to go towards the new one?

I'm so pumped!
A long time ago T-Mobile used to let you trade in your phone, I'm so glad they brought that back.

Super cool!

Posted via CB10

Can you add JUMP to an already existing line? I just bought a Z10 2 months ago, can I just add the $10 monthly fee to this line and upgrade in 6 months?

Is the 10$ per month on top of the phone price?

For example, I buy a q10 @ 99$ + 20$/month for 24 months. Then, I pay 10$ on JUMP! Effectively, I pay 30$ per month until I chose to upgrade and T-Mobile starts the whole process again.

Good model if you want a new phone every X months, I guess? And saves the hassle of selling a used phone.
Really, though, at 30$ per month and 120$ up front (600$ phone) you end up paying a total of 480$ for the year before upgrade. We'll below the price of buying a new phone outright, but definitely less than you'd pay to buy and resell a phone on the secondary market (easily 300$ used after 1 year if not more).

Posted via CB10

This is a great deal for T-M customers and bad for BlackBerry because If they get tired of waiting for updates like we have on AT&T. they can just trade in the BB phone and buy what ever new phone is out.. On AT&T contract of 2 yrs most phones have little value at the end of 2 yrs. T-M is getting to look better and better with each passing day. T-M will be more active in releasing updates so that customers do not decide to trade in their phones and they all of a sudden have a large inventory of used BB phones.

I am not from the US, yet still one of the few people who dislike such a development. Our whole (western) society is already producing more and more waste, especially in terms of electronics. T-Mobile shows of the wrong signal with this plan, being able to switch your device every 6 months. Seriously, who needs this? I could understand, to some extend, if they would offer an early upgrade service for enthusiasts which would involve a 12 months plan.

By allowing customers to upgrade every few months carriers also give all manufacturers the freedom to throw even more short-lived garbage products on the markets. Why even bother with developing decent, long-living and durable devices, if you can have throw-away phones? Stuff like this is already happening more and more with clothing, it is sad to see this happening now with electronics.

Posted via the awesome Blackberry Q10

There needs to be an example attached to this article.

Basic example:

You finance a Z10 through TMobile's Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) for $150 up front and $20/month for 24 months. Plus, you pay $10/month to enroll in JUMP. After 6 months of in JUMP ($60 paid into the program), you can, if you want to, swap your phone for a different one. You exchange the Z10 for a Q10. You can either pay for the Q10 outright, or finance it with EIP and pay $150 downpayment and $20/month for 24 months.

You can do this up to twice a month every 12 months.

Here's the math:

$150 down payment + 120 ($20/month for 6 months) + $60 ($10/month for 6 months) = $330

If at this point in time you decide to swap for another phone:

$330 + $150 Q10 EIP down payment (or full price if you jsut want to buy outright) = $480

As someone else already mentioned, it's basically like renting/leasing a phone, kinda like leasing a car with the option to buy/own.

Why can't consumers buy phones directly from manufacturers without contract? Seems like it should be cheaper than buying full retail from carriers but not as good as signing a 2 year contract.

At least you will have that option

Posted via CB10

Its a cute system but unless Tmob ends up stealing a few million customers it won't be around long. Gotta say at least they are trying but this wasn't the move everyone was expecting. The coverage would need to be better before I would even consider it.

Posted via CB10

I think it is a waste of money and time. Many people complain about losing contacts and messages. Imagine going through that every six months. Plus what the he'll r mobile is going to do with all the phones they collect. I don't think they are in the business of refurbishing phones.

Posted via CB10

T-Mobile sucks. Nuff said. And this scheme is designed for them to make profit not help their customers.

Posted via CB10

I don't think anyone else has mentioned this, so I will. T-Mobile's JUMP price is 10 dollars; This includes the premium handset protection bundle that many subscribers already pay 8 dollars a month for. I see everyone doing the math here at 10 dollars a month, when it should be realistically calculated at 2/month.

AT&T's Mobile Protection is 10/month.
Verizon's Total Equipment Coverage is 7 or 10/month.

Both Verizon and AT&T have the Q10 for 199 with new 2 year contract.
T-Mobile's Q10 is 99 down (About 150 after tax).
Adding T-Mobile's JUMP (Insurance/warranty and device upgrade) adds 10 dollars to your monthly bill.
Adding Verizon's or AT&T's variant (Insurance/warranty) adds 9.99 to your bill.
T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan with the device broken up in EIP AND the Jump program would give you a monthly bill at $100 per month.
AT&T's Unlimited Minutes and Text with 3GB Data and Mobile Protection: $129.98 per month.
Verizon's Share Everything Plan (Unlimited Talk/Text) with 2GB Data and Total Equipment Coverage: 109.99 per month.
Please note: Taxes and fees are not included on any of the above plans!

Now, with T-Mobile you can upgrade devices twice per year after the 6 month entry period for the down payment - Say you now want the Galaxy S IV! You'll trade in your Q10 and pay about 150 after taxes. The Installment portions are the same monthly price, so your bill will not change.

With Verizon and AT&T you won't be eligible for a discount or upgrade for another 2 years. So if you want/need another device you'll be paying 650 at Verizon and 640 at AT&T.
Oh, I forgot upgrade fees.
T-Mobile doesn't have one....
AT&T = 36
Verizon = 30

T-Mobile is less expensive at the time of device purchase by about 100 dollars after the upgrade fees and taxes are applied.
T-Mobile is less expensive monthly by 10 to 20 dollars respectively - And neither AT&T nor Verizon have unlimited data (Unless of course you're grandfather'd in. In which case, you'll lose it upon upgrade).

Thoughts?