By Stephen Schenck | July 10, 2013 3:40 PM
Back in June, T-Mobile sent out invitations to an event where it claimed it would be showing off some of its “boldest moves yet.” We speculated at the time about what it might have on the agenda, and besides some news about more of its “UNcarrier” plans, we also thought we might hear some specifics about the start of sales for both the Nokia Lumia 925 and the Sony Xperia Z, both previously announced. That event finally took place this afternoon, and it looks like we were right on the money.
Both the Lumia 925 and Xperia Z will go up for sale on July 17, confirming a leaked roadmap we got to check out. With T-Mobile’s installment plans, you’ll pay about $100 upfront for the Xperia Z and then $20 a month for two years thereafter, for a total of $580. You can even get it a little early, buying it directly through Sony as of today. Compared to the Xperia Z, the 925 is a bit more affordable, at only $50 upfront – with those same monthly payments, it ends up running $530.
The most significant part of the service-related news T-Mobile shared today is its JUMP! program. The idea is that it lets you out of your payment plan and allows you to trade in your existing phone and upgrade to a new model. Unfortunately, it’s not free, and you’ll have to pay $10 a month for enrollment, and even then you can’t start trading in old phones until you’ve been part of it for six months. From there on out, you can upgrade twice a year.
While it’s always tempting to have a cutting-edge phone, we’re not convinced this is a particularly good deal just yet. There are also some confusing aspects – like how JUMP! is supposed to act as insurance against loss or theft, yet there’s the requirement to hand in your old phone at the time of upgrade. We’re going to have to learn a little more before we can pass judgment.