T-Mobile's releasing a new budget phone called the Revvl. The phone features some pretty basic specs, including a 5.5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,000mAh battery, and a rear fingerprint sensor. It runs Android Nougat and will be available starting tomorrow. It's basically a standard budget Android phone with an added fingerprint sensor. T-Mobile is marketing it as an affordable option because it'll only cost $5 a month with no down payment through the company's Jump! On Demand service, or $125 up front.
Accompanying the phone’s launch, the company has also adjusted its Jump! program, so that people can use it to buy cheaper phones and not just high-end devices. The available devices will be referred to as "SmartPicks." In addition to the Revvl, users can choose from the ZTE ZMAX Pro, the LG Aristo, the LG K20 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime.
T-Mobile this week also quietly updated the program so that Jump! participants can swap their phones out every 30 days, which includes the new SmartPicks devices. I'm not sure why someone would want to change their budget phone monthly but this could be useful with higher-end devices for people who want to try out different phones. Either way, it's nice that T-Mobile customers won't need to pay for their budget devices up front, which likely allows more people to afford a smartphone.