Hot on the heels of news that T-Mobile was tweaking JUMP! On Demand to allow upgrades every 30 days, news of more JOD changes have surfaced.
T-Mobile says that starting August 2018, base model phones will no longer be $0 down with JUMP! On Demand. For example, right now the Galaxy S8 is $0 down and $33 per month with JOD while the 32GB iPhone 7 is $0 down and $27 per month. Next year, these base model smartphones will no longer be $0 down.
In addition to this down payment, T-Mobile says that customers upgrading in supported channels will need to pay an upgrade support charge. “$25 SIM starter kit or, in stores & on customer service calls, $20 upgrade support charge may be required,” reads the fine print on T-Mo’s website.
T-Mobile points to the “the rising costs of superphones” as the reason for these JUMP! On Demand changes.
While some folks are used to making down payments on JOD smartphones because they like to get extra memory, the news that base model phones will eventually require down payments is sure to upset some customers. The good news is that at least T-Mobile has given a one year heads-up about these changes, so JOD customers have some time to figure out whether or not they’ll be changing plans and, if so, what they’re going to switch to.