The Carrier Wars Are Heating Up: T-Mobile Offering iPhone 6s for Just $5 per Month

John Legere's twitter account is probably the best CEO twitter account around, and he just used it to announce an impressive enhancement to T-Mobile's JUMP On Demand offering. All the other major carriers. and even Apple, are offering what amounts to a lease program to make it easy for customers to always have the latest iPhone. They charge anywhere from $20 to $32 per month, depending on model, and whether AppleCare+ is included as it is with Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program. The customer usually has to turn in their old phone and can upgrade once a year, or, with T-Mobile, up to three times a year. That could be useful if you find you need more memory, or want to change between an iPhone 6s and an iPhone 6s Plus (or even, heaven forbid, an Android!)

Now, Legere and company are offering a significant discount. If you trade in an iPhone 6, you pay just $5 per month for the iPhone 6s, for 18 months. If you are trading in an iPhone 5s, it's $10 per month. For other decent phones, you pay $15 per month. This is a great deal for the Apple fan who always wants to have the latest model. Remember, you have to turn in a working iPhone in good condition. Cracked glass, etc., is going to cost you, but T-Mobile does offer the option to buy the iPhone at a discounted price, something the other vendors don't do, without a subsidized two-year contract.

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T-Mobile JUMP On Demand

At the end of the 18-month term, you either return the device in good condition or buy it outright, with your payments applied to the purchase price. If you turn it in, and still want T-Mobile service, you would then have to sign up for their $20 per month JUMP On Demand plan with no trade-in. So this isn't $5 per month for life, but it could be an attractive option. For example, Sprint offers a $22 per month plan, but lets you lock in a $15 per month rate until your first upgrade. T-Mobile is shaking things up, as usual, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the other carriers revise and revamp their offerings in response.

 

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.