No matter how much you love your new phone, you get bored of it in a few months, right? The new JUMP contract from Phone 4u is something that will make you happy. If JUMP itself does not suggest what the plan is about, Just Update My Phone may give you an idea. Subscribers sign up to a double contract that includes a talk/text/data package with a carrier and a separate phone contract with the retailer itself, along with various trade-in options for switching device before the service agreement is up.
Though you still have to sign a two year deal, you can switch your phone every six months if you want to. What you do is trade in your old handset. You can get the initial handset for free, depending on what deal you take, Phones 4u will simply add £2.99 – £3.99 to the top of your monthly fee to get you involved and guarantees that a phone taken from them will be worth a minimum of £100 for a year. You can also get the price of the upgrade down if you have a couple of handsets to throw up.
Phone 4u discovered that 18-35 year olds don’t want to return a handset on a leasing model, because they are used to keeping handsets as part of their mobile phone contract, they hold concerns over losing data or voiding the warranty if they customize the phone, and worry about paying a surcharge if the phone is damaged.
“We conducted extensive research prior to the trial and national roll-out to inform the JUMP model and ensure it truly met consumer needs”, said Alistair Firth, director of Customer Development at Phones 4u. They used these findings to help shape the JUMP offering and believe it offers the best flexibility and benefits of any deal currently available on the market.
Ernest Doku, tech expert at uSwitch.com said that for those tech-obsessed enough to want to upgrade frequently, and willing to pay extra each month to keep up with the smartphone Joneses, the JUMP tariff is an option worth considering.
Hopefully, this deal marks the start of more flexible contract options to come, as there are very few mobile phone customers who relish the prospect of using the same handset for two years, Doku said.
The JUMP deal has been there from May 2011 in 100 stores. The offering is expected to be available in all of Phones 4u’s 586+ stores, via Phones 4u online and via Phones 4u telesales by May 2012.
Well, this is also like a contract of freedom, to switch phones without too many concerns.