Phones 4u JUMP: get a new contract phone every six months

Phones 4u JUMP: get a new contract phone every six monthsOne of the problems with committing to a 24-month contract is that your shiny new Porsche of a smartphone will inevitably look more like a Mini 1000 by the time those two years have elapsed.

Phones 4u is appealing to those concerns with its JUMP offering, allowing customers to trade in their handsets for a new phone every six months.

JUMP stands for Just Upgrade My Phone, and now I’ve got Van Halen’s Jump stuck in my head. I feel a Google Image search coming on…

Essentially what happens is: your contract is split in two, with one half covering the Phones 4u JUMP device and related services, and the other half covering your minutes and texts and that.

If you fancy upgrading after six months, contact Phones 4u and they’ll calculate how much your JUMP phone is worth (guaranteed minimum of £100 for the first 12 months) and you can arrange a trade. You can throw in an additional two handsets to lower the cost.

Needless to say it works out a tad more expensive than simply keeping the same phone for 24 months, but it’ll no doubt appeal to phone fans who can’t afford the SIM free route.

The Phones 4u JUMP scheme has been piloted on a small scale, and is expected to launch nationwide in May.

via: Phones 4u

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 12:41

I bet it's a total rip off...

shuwaz  Feb. 10, 2012 at 19:49

I bet it's a total rip off...

Yeh but still another option for those stuck in a contract they cant afford to pay off, nor buy a sim free phone outright. Besides, those who have been stuck with a phone they dont like and cant take back (i.e. due to some silly clause) have the option to get rid of it.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 19:54

Techradar explained exactly how the scheme works, you end up with a huge monthly cost to pay...

shuwaz  Feb. 11, 2012 at 09:36

Regardless there's still a market out there for this new type of contract concept. The fact of the matter is that (sadly) there are still people out there who may well be able to manage a DD of £50 a month but not afford to shell out £500 in one year (for a new, sim-free phone).

I know the wifie would never let me pay £300+ for a new phone as there are plenty more important things to spend it on. Hell, I had to hide the PS3 for months before slowly blending in the fact that I bought one new!


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