While many of us are happy with the savings made by sticking with a phone contract, as it not only makes your calls cheaper but your handset as well, the thought of having to keep the same phone for so long can be off putting. In many cases, if you wanted to get the latest phone then you would have to pay an early upgrade fee, or just make do with your aging handset.
Thankfully, T-Mobile may have the answer with their new service, which is called T-Mobile Jump, and although you will still have to pay to change your phone, you will be able to get them at the new contract prices. As you would imagine, this does not come free, and so you will have to pay $10 extra per month on top of your normal contract.
However, these could be worth your while, because you will then be able to purchase a new handset, such as the Galaxy S4 for just $200, instead of the $500-600 handset price. You just need to make certain that you will do this each year in order for it to be worth your while, as you have to remember you will be paying an extra $120 on top of your current contract for the service.
AT&T Next vs. T-Mobile Jump – It was obvious that AT&T would come up with a similar plan, and so they have just announced AT&T Next, but how does it compare to their rival, who they were once going to get into bed with?
Again, customers will be allowed to upgrade early and more frequently as well with this new plan. AT&T has yet to detail how much the extra cost for this service will be, but we’re told it will be around five percent of what you would pay for the unsubsidized price of the handset. However, you will have no fee to pay upfront for the handset, which seems to be a better deal than T-Mobile’s Jump, although you will not be able to keep hold of your old smartphone or tablet, and so you would have ended up paying several hundred dollars for a device that you would have to hand back to AT&T, which does seem to be a bit of a rip off.
It’s up to you to decide which of the two carriers offers the better plan, but it’s worth remembering that Verizon is rumored to be announcing their Edge program soon.
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