T-Mobile customers now have the option to upgrade to a new phone anytime they want, for no additional fee.

The wireless carrier first launched its Jump upgrade program 2 years ago, but at the time you had to pay $10 per month for an option to swap out your old phone for a new one up to twice a year.

Now you can do it up to three times each year… and you don’t have to pay an extra $10 per month. The new Jump On Demand program is included in your normal T-Mobile payment.

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Jump On Demand launches on June 28th, and only select smartphones will be available at launch.

Most US wireless carriers lock you into a 2-year contract and don’t let you upgrade to a new phone until it’s time to renew the contract. If you want to upgrade early you typically have to make a hefty payment to cover the full cost of the new phone all at once instead of spreading it out over monthly payments.

T-Mobile’s new plan lets you switch to a new phone without waiting for your contract to end. Since most smartphone makers tend to put out new flagship phones on a roughly annual basis, this would let you upgrade to the latest iPhone or flagship phone from Samsung, LG, HTC, or other device makers (as long as the phones are part of the program).

Since you get up to three upgrades per year, you could also effectively use Jump On Demand to test one phone for a little while before deciding to choose a different model.

Note that if you do decide to trade in your old phone for a new one every few months, you’ll never actually own the phone outright. So in some ways, the Jump On Demand program is a way to keep customers paying a monthly fee to lease a phone instead of paying off the cost of a single phone over 2 years and then owning the device. But if you rarely find yourself hanging onto a phone for a full 24 months anyway, Jump On Demand could offer a way to save money.

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5 replies on “T-Mobile lets you switch phones up to 3 times per year”

  1. Thinking of switching to T-Mobile.. Tired of paying $65/month to Verizon for data I don’t even use. Not sure how they’re coverage is in Maine though

  2. The earth hates t mobile for this waste and so do thinking humans and the animals whose homes are destroyed to make radiation devices.

    1. What makes you think these phones end up in landfills?? They get shipped to a third world nation and Tmo gets a phat write-off.

      Now, if manufactures good actually make a phone that was designed to last more than 2 years I’d be inclined to agree with you…

      1. I said nothing of landfills but you seem to have missed y missed the basic point which has complete validity. This is producing a consumption, use and discard practice(culture).

        Nearly all cell phones last well beyond 2 years if taken care. I have had my brick phone for over 6 years. The touch screen phones will last that long too. People are being conditioned by large capitalist retailers, who are almost all uncaring wasteful capitalists because they want to sell you more, more, more.

  3. It’s the phone plan for people who listen to the tech press, and buy one piece of ____ after another because of the hype. 😉

    There aren’t three phones a year released that I’d even want to own if my phone broke or was lost.

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