T-Mobile is never one to wait too long before announcing something new to add to their plans and pricing strategies, as they had just recently announced smartphone equality just a few days ago, which has set out to make it possible for any customer to get the smartphone that they want regardless of whether or not they have good enough credit to allow for $0 down payments, even prepaid customers, as long as they have 12 months of on time payment history for their wireless bill. Now it looks like they may be getting ready to announce another new program called SCORE(this is just a rumor at this point)which is geared towards those that ineligible for the JUMP! program.
SCORE as it's said to be named, will target anybody that is not able to sign up for the JUMP! program, which is essentially anyone that is not on a postpaid program with the EIP payments set up for a device purchase. SCORE will cost subscribers $5 a month, and with it in place customers will be able to qualify for a free entry level device following a 6 month period. However if customers are willing to wait out the full year, they'll qualify for what T-Mobile is said to be referring to as "special handset pricing" on higher-end devices. Think of this as a really steep discount, at least that's what we imagine.
SCORE will be for prepaid customers, postpaid customers without EIP, or anyone who has either brought in their own device to use or has purchased a phone through T-Mobile at full cost. SCORE costs $5 a line so if you have multiple people on your plan you'll be paying that fee for each one. We imagine most people would do their best to wait 12 months and get special pricing on flagship handsets, of which we have no idea what T-Mobile may be including at this point, but should subscribers need something in a pinch after the 6 month mark entry level handsets like the T-Mobile Concord II could be a device they'll be looking at upgrading to for free. Once a SCORE handset is accepted, naturally the tenure resets and you'll be waiting another 6-12 months before something else comes along.