Last Call For T-Mobile’s “$0 Down Summer Sale,” Ends Tomorrow

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T-Mobile’s kinda, sorta, maybe “sale” offering $0 down on just about every smartphone in store is coming to close tomorrow. The special offer or “unparalled promotion” as the carrier labeled it allowed both new and existing well-qualified customers to get the latest 4G LTE smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots and feature phones at the upfront price of $0 down with monthly service payments.

Unfortunately, the promotion itself was more of a teaser offering no initial down payment but a higher equipment installment price down the road. For example, prior to the sale the HTC One was selling for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $20 each. During the $0 down sale, the HTC One had no upfront cost, but 24 monthly payments of $25 each. T-Mobile would remove the iPhone 5 from the sale back on August 9th, however before the promotion the iPhone 5 sold for $145.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $21. With T-Mobile’s “unparalleled promotion,”  the iPhone 5 was zero down and $27 per month for 24 months. Unfortunately, no reason was ever given about why the iPhone 5 was removed from the offer.

Still, that’s not say the deal wasn’t a good one for customers looking to walk right into a store and walk out without paying a dime. Not to mention that even with the increased monthly payment, T-Mobile still works out to be cheaper than AT&T or Verizon more often than not. We won’t know till T-Mobile’s next quarterly financials what kind of impact (if any) this sale had on the company’s new subscriber count, but I imagine given the length of time the sale was up for grabs, T-Mobile expected a runaway success.

Take note that with the sales end, the Galaxy S 4 will return to $99 down for a limited time. The offer is good through just about every T-Mobile company-owned channel. T-Mobile is also extending the open-enrollment period for JUMP!, hoping more customers will recognize the “opportunity to join this amazing program.”

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  • rayramirez

    I took advantage of this and got a Sony Xperia Z. I love it! The water resistance is a big help at work. The only problem I have with it is how much easier the screen scratches than other smart phones.

    Because I had a grandfathered plan they gave me 5$ off my minute plan and 15$ off my unlimited data plan for upgrading…for as long as I have my contract. So my bill only went up 5$ and I also signed up for jump because that’s pretty awesome too.

    • David Lebron

      The phone comes with an anti shatter film on the front and back – it’s not scratch proof, unfortunately. So a screen protector is a must :) good news is, the screen isn’t actually scratched it’s the film the phone comes with

  • Bunstate

    got the same deal with same phone like rayramirez itsn’t that great? only complain is the finger paint but that’s more like a trade off with glossy body!

  • sushimane

    So the 0 down was a promotion I thought it was a permanent thing. So im guessing it would go back to 20 months with a down payment? Because thats what I had to do for my note 2 or would it still be 24 month?

    • Herb

      It’s been 24 months since the Simple Choice switch in March.

      • sushimane

        Oh ok I guess I had the value plan where u down certain amount for the phone and 20 dollars for 20 months

  • androidfanboi

    There is no sale here, right? They just increase the monthly payments to offset the zero down……

    • jonathan3579

      Technically, yes…

  • sidekicker89

    Any store reps see increased store traffic during this promotion or not? Just wondering :)

    • Brian

      We have for sure, especially since the Jump adverts have started. People seem to understand that the phone is the same overall price but since people are going to be trading the phone in 6 months anyways you have the benefit of not having the extra down payment

  • Choclatethunder228

    Honestly you were paying more for the s4, htc one, and bb Q10 on the $0 sale. Before it use to be $99 down and $20 for months. Which if you did the math was $580. However on the new sale its $0 down and $25 down for months which equals to $600. Congratulations t-mobile just made $20 more off of everyone who didn’t use their brains.

    • Guest

      Also, T-mobile is now charging a mandatory $10 sim fee that never existed a few weeks ago. So it’s actually $610. They claim no activation fees, but then they just roll it into the price of the phone by charging the sim fee and selling the device at a higher full retail price than any other carrier. It’s funny, they implemented the mandatory $10 sim fee charge a few weeks ago, and none of the online blogs caught it.

      $610-580=$30 increase

      • Brian

        The SIM Starter Kit ($10 for new accounts only) existed since the Simple Choice plans started, thanks but try again

        • Guest

          Nope, I believe you might be wrong. Pretty sure It’s a new fee (few weeks) for all customers (new & existing) who purchase a phone. I asked both a T-Mobile store employee and an online chat rep, and they both confirmed the sim starter fee is a new required fee for all phone purchases. Maybe 2 different employees gave me wrong information?

        • Guest

          The $10 SIM Starter kit is ONLY for new activations, whether you purchase a device or not. Upgrades have no additional fees.

        • Dave Bell

          We moved from prepaid to post last week. No sim fees. No activation crap. You’re source is mistaken.

        • Brian

          Here’s how you know for sure. Buying a phone on the website without logging in has the additional $10 added onto the overall price (new activation.) When logging in to my-tmobile and ordering a phone the $10 sim-starter kit is not included

        • JBLmobileG1

          I believe you were given false info. I just upgraded my phone and received a new micro sim card with no extra fees. I am also on a simple choice plan.

        • Greg

          T-Mobile Senior sales rep here. 10$ sim starter kit is only charged on new activation’s (prepaid or postpaid), even if you have a t mobile phone already (BYOD), or you finance one. Some associates can wave that fee, but most can’t. This 10$ fee replaced the 35$ activation fee. Upgrades are EXCLUDED. This is the truth.

        • Chardog

          Brian is correct. It is not new, but likely being reinforced due to being waived too much.

    • Guest

      If you plan on taking advantage of JUMP, then this promotion is great.

    • Guest

      They raised the price of the phone again by $4. HTC One & Galaxy S4 are now $603.99.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I jumped on this deal last week and upgraded from my Samsung Galaxy S3 to the Samsung Note 2. I understand the 3 is on its way but I must say the Note 2 is Awesome! Plus I jumped aboard the jump program so I can always upgrade down the road if I wish. On an added note, you don’t actually walk away without paying something for the phone, because they still charge the tax. Fortunately, Tmobile was nice enough to bill the tax on my next bill so technically I didn’t pay a dime. They also through in overnight shipping, and shipping in general, for free. Definitely a Happy Tmobile customer here.

  • Joec

    Is it still worth it to go with Jump? To maximize it would you upgrade just once or make use of the full 3 opportunities.

    • JBLmobileG1

      You are aloud to upgrade twice a year not three times. I think it’s worth getting jump if your the type who likes the latest and greatest phones without having to wait two years or don’t want to buy a new phone at full price right then and there. I look at the jump program almost like a lease. Also it’s only $10 a month even on my Note 2 when insurance a lone use to be $12.99 I believe? So it’s definitely worth it to me.

      • kay

        I think the “3 opportunities” was over a 2 year period. The fourth would be the regular old subsidized opportunity. So over a 2 year period, you are given 3 more chances to upgrade.

  • jpeps

    Samsung SM-V100T (T-Mobile) passes DLNA (same nomenclature as Galaxy Gear). Screen size of : 1280×720 , stay tuned for more info!

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    I got S4 way back in May 2013, please bring Note 3, S5, N5 soon so can upgrade and sell my S4 to some sucker. Smile

  • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

    If your purchase decision is made on this payment installment quirk, then you should rethink whether you can really afford a phone

    • Andrew Beard

      Normally I’d agree with you, but in conjunction with JUMP this made it much more appealing. If you plan on upgrading every 6 months to a year using JUMP the overall amount you paid was significantly lower since the remaining EIP payments are canceled as soon as you turn the phone back in.

      • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

        thanks for the clarification. But one thing to note is that these $0 down (adjusting for higher monthly EIPs) are one time offerings (perhaps maybe once a quarter?). The ability for someone on JUMP! to coincide the timeline of events are minimum. A JUMP! member will have to stay on their payment plan for longer periods if they are caught in between promotions. I also suspect most JUMP! members also don’t care about generally the amount of money spent on a phone either.