T-Mobile is planning to implement some changes to its "Jump" early upgrade program, according to TmoNews. The company has plans to nix the six month waiting period and eliminate limits on how often customers can upgrade their devices, but there's a caveat – under the new terms, customers must pay off 50% of their existing device costs before being allowed to upgrade. As with the existing program, device trade-in is also required.

tmobile_logo
Previously, customers could upgrade their phone twice per year after a six month waiting period, without a specific number of payments made on a device. T-Mobile would then cover the cost of the remaining payments, whereas now, the company will only cover 50% of the cost as outlined by a T-Mobile representative.


Whenever you're ready to upgrade, trade in your device and T-Mobile will pay your remaining device payments up to 50% of the device cost. There is no more waiting period or limit to the number of times you can upgrade per year.

For the entry-level 16GB iPhone 5s, a T-Mobile customer must pay either $648 or $27 a month with a $0 downpayment. Under the existing program, a customer could initially upgrade to a new phone after six months of payments, or $162. A subsequent, second yearly update could be even cheaper for the customer depending on the gap between updates.

Under the plan's new terms, customers will only be able to upgrade their phones after paying half of the cost of the iPhone 5s, or $324, the equivalent of 12 payments. To upgrade more frequently than once a year, customers will need to shell out additional cash to reach 50% of the device cost.

T-Mobile is allowing current Jump customers to be grandfathered in to the existing plan, which means they will be able to upgrade before paying off half of the device costs.

Along with implementing some changes to the way Jump works, T-Mobile is also adding tablets to the plan.

The changes to Jump will go into effect on February 23.

Top Rated Comments

spyguy10709 Avatar
100 months ago
This is really really bad for frequent upgraders. Whereas you could just pay for 1/4 of a device if you kept it for 6 months, and keep upgrading, you'll have to pay for 1/2 of the device any way you look at it now. Flagship smartphones don't depreciate that fast on the open market, as you can see on eBay and Amazon, phones launched 6 months ago are worth well more than 50% of the original price. Even phones a year old are worth more than 50% of their original value. This turns what was a fair deal into a stupid one.

Well, T-Mo must be giving up on the whole uncarrier thing. This is exactly like AT&T and Veri$on's plans.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ashwin4 Avatar
100 months ago
Much better than At&t and Verizon's next and edge programs which are straight up robbery
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JAT Avatar
100 months ago
Clearly, you have no knowledge of at least the AT&T plan. They sound very similar, except with AT&T you get a world class global network.

LOL! Always nice to see some comedy in the forums....
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
100 months ago
Between all of these new confusing plans coming out from carriers, I just can't wait to see what they look like in 10 years:

Just trade in your next phone towards the purchase of your previous phone, pay 37% the fair market value on the regulated Phone.prices site, divide the amount of data that you want by your region code to compute your monthly payment. If you prepay the taxes on your current phone that you pay for on your next upgrade, then you get an 11% discount off any extra lines that you add to your ring of circles. You get 1.5 circles per line, up to 7. If today is a Thursday, add a $57.10 processing fee. If you purchase more than 3 devices, pay a 13% electromagnetic environmental protection fee. If upgrading from 5G to 6G service, take the number of circles you have times $42 and only pay 31% fair market value for your device.

Don't forget to add ridiculous names to each plan and constantly point out how much money they're (not) saving now.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TXCherokee Avatar
100 months ago
Why is this program even needed?

I'm on T-Mobile (I took advantage of their switch plan to pay off my EFT and left Verizon). The main reason I switched was to separate the phone cost from the service cost. I own both my iPhones, so my question is this:

What's to stop me from buying new phones whenever I want? Why would I pay TMo $10 a month to 'upgrade early' when, as far as I understand, I'm only paying for service and can upgrade whenever I feel like it?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrXiro Avatar
100 months ago
I never liked the Jump program to begin with... I went into an Official T-Mo store to pick up a 5S and they tried to force it on me and I walked. Went to another one (reseller) and told them straight up that I refuse Jump and would walk if they put me on it.

Anyway... on the previous JUMP plan, you were better off buying the phone and selling it on Craigslist 11 months later.
Essentially you're dropping $37 a month (27 for iPhone and 10 for Jump) which equals out to $407 in 11 months. Just to give the phone back to them... or you could sell it for around 450-500 if you time it right. $715 (CA tax is $65 + $650) - 500 = $215 so you're not out nearly as much as giving them the phone back.

Don't like any of these "programs" at all.

It's even worse now as you'll need to pay X amount of months at $10 + $325. Going by 11 months again it's now $435 to upgrade after 11 months.

Blah, why waste my time?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
YouTube Picture in Picture Feature

YouTube Premium Subscribers Can Now Use iOS Picture-in-Picture: Here's How

Wednesday August 25, 2021 3:55 am PDT by
Google has rolled out picture-in-picture support as an "experimental" feature for YouTube premium subscribers, allowing them to watch video in a small window when the app is closed. If you're a premium YouTube subscriber looking to try out picture-in-picture, follow these steps: Launch a web browser and sign into your YouTube account at YouTube.com. Navigate to www.youtube.com/new. Scroll...
gradiente iphone white

Brazilian Electronics Company Revives Long-Running iPhone Trademark Dispute

Tuesday May 19, 2020 1:06 pm PDT by
Apple has been involved in a long-running iPhone trademark dispute in Brazil, which was revived today by IGB Electronica, a Brazilian consumer electronics company that originally registered the "iPhone" name in 2000. IGB Electronica fought a multi-year battle with Apple in an attempt to get exclusive rights to the "iPhone" trademark, but ultimately lost, and now the case has been brought to...
youtube apple tv

YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on...
ryanscoolios13thumbnail

Apple Releases iOS 13.1.3 With Bug Fixes for Phone, Mail, Health, and More

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:09 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3, minor updates to the iOS 13.1.2 software that was released two weeks ago. This is the fourth update to the iOS 13 operating system that came out in September. The iOS and iPadOS 13.1.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update....
bluetti eb70 main

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station and 200W Solar Panel

Friday September 3, 2021 11:13 am PDT by
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with MAXOAK to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bluetti portable power station and an accompanying solar panel. Bluetti makes a range of portable power station options that are useful for camping, emergencies, power outages, off-grid living, and similar situations. The Bluetti EB70 is a solid middle of the road option that offers 716Wh and...
M1X MBP Feature

Leaker: Upcoming MacBook Pro to See Price Hike Over Current Model, Equal Performance Across 14 and 16-Inch Sizes

Tuesday August 24, 2021 5:28 am PDT by
The upcoming 14-inch MacBook Pro is set to be more expensive than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro and both the 14 and 16-inch models will offer the same performance, according to the leaker known as "Dylandkt." The leaker shared the information on Twitter, explaining that both of the upcoming MacBook Pro models, expected to come in 14 and 16-inch sizes, will feature the same performance due...
iphone 13 teal with text

Apple Expecting iPhone and iPad Supply Constraints in September Quarter

Tuesday July 27, 2021 2:34 pm PDT by
During today's earnings call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2021 (second calendar quarter), Apple CFO Luca Maesteri said that Apple is expecting supply constraints to affect the iPhone and the iPad in the coming quarter. "The supply constraints that we've seen in the June quarter will be higher in the September quarter," said Maestri. The constraints will impact iPhone and iPad sales...
os x mountain lion macs 16x9 2

Apple Makes OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Free to Download

Wednesday June 30, 2021 12:19 pm PDT by
Apple recently dropped the $19.99 fee for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, making the older Mac updates free to download, reports Macworld. Apple has kept OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion available for customers who have machines limited to the older software, but until recently, Apple was charging $19.99 to get download codes for the updates. As of last week, these updates no...
maxresdefault

Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak Discuss iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, Privacy, Shortcuts on Mac, and More

Saturday June 12, 2021 6:12 am PDT by
As is tradition, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber in an episode of The Talk Show to discuss several announcements that Apple made over this weeks WWDC, including iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and a large focus around privacy. Federighi kicks off the conversation discussing the common architecture, now thanks to Apple silicon, across all of...