Jump! with T-Mobile

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With several different cell phone services, each one is trying something new to capture customer’s attention. With T-Mobile, they have thrown out their contracts to be a non contract service like Cricket, and Boost. This I think is great because I don’t receive very good service with Cricket in some areas. As for Boost, they use Sprint towers so again not every location is covered. But when it came to T-Mobile, and camping, Eureka!, it worked. I myself haven’t switched because I don’t want to pay for another phone just yet. I would love to toy around with the new phones that are coming out, but I want to wait for the reviews before I do.

T-Mobile will introduce new service on July 14th. First, Jump! a revolutionary program that lets T-Mobile customers upgrade to new devices twice a year rather than once every two years. The idea is basically an insurance plan on steroids. T-Mobile already offers a monthly insurance plan that gives customers protection for their devices. The insurance program offered replacement devices if a customer’s device was lost, stolen, broken, etc. Now, customers who enroll in the program, which costs $10 per month, can choose to upgrade their phone as many times as twice every 12 months. The program requires that customers use their phones for at least six months before they can upgrade. That means customers who enroll as soon as the program becomes available, on July 14, will need to wait until January 14, 2014 before they can take advantage of their first upgrade. After that, they can get new devices for the same price that new customers pay when they initially sign up.

This is great for those who like to purchase the newest and fastest thing on the market. But with all good things, there are some restrictions that come with this new option. According to T-Mobile, any device that powers up, shows no sign of water damage, and has an intact screen can be swapped for a new device at no extra cost other than the down payment for the new phone. If the phone is broken, customers will have to pay the insurance deductible but will still be able to get a low-cost new phone.

In addition to Jump!, T-Mobile announced a significant expansion of its LTE network. T-Mobile launched LTE earlier this year, but only in a handful of markets. This week, it boosted the number of markets covered to 116, including major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta and Miami. T-Mobile claims that its LTE network now covers 157 million POPs and says it is on track to reach 200 million by the end of the year. For those keeping score, T-Mobile just matched Sprint’s LTE footprint in about one-fifth the time. Initial speed tests in New York showed blazing fast network speeds of up to 70 Mbps. If you’re over in the European countries, you can see speeds over 100Mbps. Those who travel to the States, be aware that our networks are much slower. Those who travel overseas rejoice for you can upload those embarrassing pictures or videos at almost the same time they occur.

Also for new customers wait until July 17th when you can get a couple of new phones, such as: Nokia Lumia 925 goes on sale for $49.99 down. In addition, the Xperia Z goes on sale for $99.99 down. Both phones require 24 payments of $20 each.

By: Forrest L. Rawls

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