After months of hard work, AT&T put the last seal on its acquisition of Leap Wireless. As a final step of the process, the company announced that today its Aio Wireless service merges into Leap’s Cricket Wireless prepaid brand, this way expanding customers’ option of contract-free wireless access to 4G LTE. The merger comes with substantial bonuses some of which include new plans and extra discounts.
AT&T-owned pre-paid service Aio Wireless is apparently in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day and is determined to show how much it loves its customers. The MNVO has not one, not two, but three gifts in store for us. First, three new smartphones are now compatible with the network – the Motorola Moto G, Nokia Lumia 520 and ZTE Sonata 4G. The Moto G is priced at $149 and will go on sale on February 15th. The Lumia 520 and ZTE Sonata are already available for purchase and cost $99.99 and $79.99, respectively.
If you are familiar more or less with how prepaid carriers work, you know that they come with a number of advantages. First of all, prepaid carriers do not require lengthy contracts, so basically you are free to switch to a different service provider at any time. Moreover, they usually offer attractive plans that include talk, text and data at low cost. There is one downside, though. The assortment of phones is in most cases poor. Most but not all and one of the exceptions is Aio Wireless.
We first told you about AT&T’s pre-paid service Aio Wireless in May, when it was launched in Houston, Tampa, and Orlando. Since then, the service expanded to Texas, Chicago and Metro-Atlanta area. However, beginning mid-September, Aio Wireless will be available to customers nationwide. As a special promotion, AT&T will give you a free month of service if you sign up before September 29th. The only condition is that you have to keep your account active for at least three months.
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.