T-Mobile is pulling out all the stops lately as part of their new “un-carrier” strategy. As of tomorrow, eligible customers will be able to purchase a new phone with no money down and pay for it via monthly payments for the next 24 months.
The program applies to all devices including the iPhone 5 (Apple devices are usually omitted from such sales). Using that handset as an example, a customer could buy an iPhone 5 with $0 down and pay an extra $27 per month for the next two years on top of their monthly service rate.
Under the company’s old plan, a user would have had to pay $145.99 down and shell out $21 per month for the next 24 months. It’s only a $6 difference per month but for someone on a tight budget that can’t come up with nearly $150 at the moment, it looks like a solid offer.
T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere said it is a fantastic offer that makes it easier than ever for a customer to get the latest devices. By adding Zero Down in addition to Jump, Legere implied there are zero reasons not to switch to T-Mobile this summer.
True enough, combining Zero Down with T-Mobile’s new Jump plan is an interesting proposition indeed as the semi-annual down payment for a new phone was one of the least attractive aspects of the plan. Using the same Galaxy S4 example as I did in the comparison article, the two-year, four new phone price would drop from $1,320 to just $870, good for a savings of $450.
That now makes T-Mobile’s offer significantly cheaper than AT&T Next and Verizon Edge over the course of a two year period assuming you take a new upgrade every chance you get. Of course, you don’t really have anything to show after the two years as these plans are little more than a glorified phone rental agreement, but I digress.
It's worth noting that T-Mobile says this is a limited time promotion although I was unable to find an "end" date on their press release.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a continuation of its previous design, but it's a sleeker and more current version of it. The S4 features a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. The S4 also packs 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IR LED Remote Control, MHL 2.0, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE).
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
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