AT&T has just launched a new prepaid service called Aio Wireless. The move can be seen as an attempt to become more competitive with other carriers providing services without long term commitment. AT&T’s current prepaid brand GoPhone, with its prices and data caps, is considered by many uneconomic. This is why the carrier brought a new alternative to the table. At this moment, Aio Wireless is available only in Houston, Tampa, and Orlando. AT&T is planning to expand the coverage on other regions on June 15.
Aio Wireless – Plans and Prices
Aio Wireless Basic plan costs $40 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and web. However, if you use more than 250 MB, the speed will go down to 2G. This plan is available only with basic/feature phones. If you are a smartphone user, you can choose Aio Smart or Aio Pro available for $55/month or $70/month, respectively. The former includes high speed access for the first 2 GB of data, while the latter offers 7 GB of data. At any time you can purchase additional data which costs $10 for 1 GB. It should be noted though, that “high speed access” is in fact limited to 4 Mbps.
Aio Wireless also offers a plan for tablet users. Aio Tablet costs $15 per month and includes 250 MB of high speed data. For additional $10 per month you can add international service to your monthly plan, which will get unlimited talk to landline phones plus unlimited text, picture and video messaging 35 countries. Aio Wireless offers a number of phones from such well known brands as Apple, Samsung, Nokia or ZTE. You can pick your device for as little as $30.
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Official Press Release
Aio Wireless™ Announces New Nationwide Voice and Data Service
No-annual-contract wireless provider kicks off new service with launch in first three markets
Alpharetta, GA – May 9, 2013 – Today Aio Wireless announced the launch of a new nationwide wireless service for consumers interested in a first-class wireless experience at a value price, without an annual contract. Aio provides new choices, seamless customer experience, and simplified service and offerings to value-conscious customers interested in an unlimited talk/text/data plan with no annual contract. Aio expects the service to roll out in multiple markets across the U.S. over the next year, with an initial launch today in select stores in Houston, Orlando and Tampa, and with additional stores in these three markets opening in the coming weeks. Store locations and information are available at www.aiowireless.com. Aio (pronounced “A-O”) is a brand name that encapsulates Aio’s brand promise: simply, delightfully, more.
“We talked with no-annual-contract customers and created our service around what they want. They want simple, easy plan choices with unlimited offers; first-class service at affordable prices; great devices; nationwide voice and data coverage; and no annual contracts. Today’s wireless customers don’t want to compromise,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of Aio Wireless. “We are set up to win over value-conscious customers who are increasingly moving towards smartphones and mobile broadband.”
Aio makes prepaid wireless easy for customers with a friendly in-store and on-line experience, three simple rate plans to choose from, and an attractive portfolio of devices that include smartphones, tablets, and feature phones from a variety of manufacturers, including Samsung, Nokia, ZTE and others. Aio’s unlimited talk, text, and data rate plans range from $35 to $70 per month, with pricing varying by market, and will offer 4G download speeds of up to 4Mbs per second. Customers will also have the opportunity to bring a compatible, unlocked device for activation on the Aio network. Aio will delight customers with an attitude of gratitude, easy pre-payment options, and an involvement in the local communities in which we serve.
Aio Wireless is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. AT&T does not expect this announcement to change AT&T’s January 2013 financial guidance.