Why do we pay monthly on phones we bought outright?...

My title says it all, if we have to purchase our phones outright, why do we still have to pay $6 per device every month? I feel like that is basically making us lease a device that we already own. The reason I thought of this is because I was reading about T-Mobile's new jump plan that allows people to upgrade devices at no charge up to 3 times per year and all they have to do is pay a small monthly lease fee for the phone(up to the total cost of the phone if not upgrading often).

0

Comments

12 comments
  • The $6 they charge per device isn't a payment plan for the phone, it's to cover costs for keeping your number active and other behind the scenes stuff. They are just separating minutes, text, data, and device costs.

    With the new JUMP On Demand program you have to trade in your current phone (instead of making money from selling it) and pay a monthly lease until you trade it in again or pay off the remaining balance to keep it.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • "Costs for keeping your number active and other behind the scenes stuff"? I thought that was what the other fees that are added on each month were. All I know is that these buckets get chewed through quite quickly and then ting becomes more expensive for the same amount of data I would get from the primary carriers...

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • For high data - can you connect to WiFi instead? Using WiFi at home, work, stores, etc. doesn't count towards your data usage.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • umm Ben, I don't know the IQ of the people you tend to deal with, but I'm fully aware of prioritizing wifi over data. That doesn't do any good if you're wanting to use Google Maps on the road or watch a brief news story where there is no wifi.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • You're not using GPS offline?

    Google Maps lets you download a large area (roughly a city) so you can use GPS without data.

    For long road trips there are many apps that let you download entire states or the whole country if you want. I've taken several road trips without using any data for navigation.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Verizon charges $25 per line per month. Data is extra
    AT&T charges $40 per line per month. Data is extra
    T-Mobile charges $50 per line per month minimum, depending on how much data you want included.
    Sprint charges $50-$60 per line per month. Data is included
    Ting charges $6 per line per month. Data, calls, and texts are all extra.

    Ultimately, you have to decide for yourself which provider best meets your needs.
    If what you need is an upgradeable lease, you should probably sign up with T-Mobile or Verizon.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Getting back to the new JUMP On Demand - in addition to essentially renting your phone, there are large fees if you damage it when returning it:

    Cracked Screen Damage fee – $250
    Liquid Damage fee – $250
    Device does not power on fee – $250

    http://www.tmonews.com/2015/06/everything-you-need-to-know-about-t-mobiles-new-jump-on-demand-lease-program/

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • its not the device, its the simm activation and account maintenance charge. At least with gsm.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • You are paying monthly for the phone service, not the device.
    T-Mobile charges you for their services with their Jump plan too. You cannot just compare advertised rates either. I know from experience that T-Mobile's "taxes and other fees" are much higher than those charged by Ting.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Bruce, all I'm comparing it to is what I paid monthly via Sprint, and I know if I left my data on and used my phone like I did before I made the switch then my bill would be higher than I was paying. The best thing going for Ting is that I have the option of making my bill lower if I want to change behavior. That won't last though as data gets cheaper. Best case scenario for Ting is if Google puts wifi everywhere like they want, then data can just be left off for good(except for stupid group texts).

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • I t appears you are not part of Ting's target market.

    Their research has shown that over 80% of wireless users can save with Ting. You must be part of that remaining group.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Don't get me wrong Bruce, I still save compared to what I paid via Sprint, I'm just saying I have to adjust my behavior to do so. As a Developer that stares at screens for a living I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink

Please sign in to leave a comment.