AT&T’s new Aio Wireless prepaid brand goes nationwide mid-September

By , Aug 30, 2013

AIO Wireless (iPhone 5 teaser)

Responding to pressure from T-Mobile, AT&T in May announced Aio Wirelelss. The new wireless prepaid brand features data plans starting as low as $40 a month for 250MB and all the way up to $70 a month for seven gigabytes of high-speed data.

After having tested the service in Florida, Texas and Atlanta markets, AT&T said Friday that Aio Wireless will be available online to everyone beginning mid-September. And to raise awareness, AT&T is planning to give new customers their third month of service free.

More on that after the break…

If you activate your Aio (as in ‘All In One) account by September 29, 2014, AT&T will treat you to a free third month of service. This per-customer offer applies only to new customers who agree to purchase of two consecutive months of service on a qualifying rate plan.

This entails Aio’s Basic, Smart and Pro rate plans and excludes features or other services. Eligible customers will receive an account credit approximately five days prior to the payment due date for the third month of service.

AT&T on Friday confirmed that Aio is currently available in Florida, Texas and the Metro-Atlanta markets, via 200+ dealer-owned Aio stores and through the Aio website, with folks in the Chicago area currently able to activate the Aio service online.

Prepaid Aio plans include $40/$55/$70 tiers (pricing varies by market) with unlimited talk/text and 250MB/2GB/7GB of data. Customers can also activate a bunch of other options in between.

Aio Wireless (prepaid plans, 20130831)

Aio offers a bunch of devices from Samsung, Nokia, ZTE and others. Like T-Mobile’s Uncarrier plans, you can also bring your own phone or even trade-in a qualifying device for a credit towards an upgraded phone or accessory.

ATT Aio Wireless (teaser 002)

Aio brand initially did not include access to AT&T’s fast LTE network in the United States – only 3G HSPA+ data was supported – but the company has changed its stance: the press release confirms Aio plans are available “with a pre-established amount of high-speed access, including 4G LTE”.

Curiously enough, Aio’s prices come in lower than AT&T’s existing GoPhone prepaid service that sets you back $65 a month for unlimited voice/text, though just a gigabyte of data.

By comparison, T-Mobile is offering unlimited voice/text and two and a half gigabytes of throttled LTE data for $60 a month. For those who don’t care about carrier minutes (hint: Skype), T-Mobile has an affordable $30 a month plan that comes with unlimited text, 100 voice minutes and five gigabytes of 4G LTE data – it’s a steal.

T-Mobile (prepaid plans, 20130831)

Earlier in the week, AT&T announced thirteen new LTE markets.

Although the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier continues to trail behind Verizon in terms of LTE coverage, its network appears faster in recent studies.

Are you sold on Aio yet?

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  • Lé Andy

    One of the reasons why I wish I lived in america… Canadian Cellphone plans are honestly horrible. Poor quality w/ extreme costs. 1GB of Data would cost about $70+ each month…
    And a lot of things would require extra add-ons… Like Call Display and Voicemail.

  • sivkai

    Jesus Christ, I thought Americans always had it best…how wrong I was! In the UK, the network ‘Three’ offers unlimited 4G data plus 5000 minutes and unlimited texts for £15/$23 a month. That includes tethering and no fair usage policy!!

    • At

      That’s crazy cheap!

    • Rowan09

      We are the land of capitalists.

    • CaffeinePizza

      In United States, you no control company, company control you!

  • Blip dude

    I am Currently using my iPhone 5 as a AT&T goPhone. $70 gets me Unlimited Talk/Text and 3GB (So this article needs to be updated a bit with the Info they have now). However since AIO will offer 7GB of data for the same price and the 3rd month is Free, I think I may just jump over. I’ll how everything turns out in those 3 months.

    • Karim Lewis

      Currently using, unlocked iphone, (unlimited talk/text/4G data) with T-mobile at the same $70 a month.

  • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

    Small quibble. Go Phone’s plans changed in June. It’s not $65, it’s $60 for 2GB data and unlimited talk and text.

  • Maxim∑

    what? my iPhone 5 is 5GB LTE data then throttled to 3G after, 100 minutes unlimited text how is Aio better than tmobile?

    I did buy it unlocked though

    • Rowan09

      T-mobile offers unlimited 4G for the same price as AIO $70 plan which includes 7GB of data which according to the article is LTE. In NY t-mobile doesn’t really have LTE yet, I did pick up LTE one time on my Note 2 for t-mobile which was strange but AT&T has better coverage. I might go to AIO because as a contract customer which ends in November I get no benefit from staying on a 2 year plan. I only get 3GB of LTE and then the rest is slowed even though I’m on the unlimited plan. I was thinking of leaving to go to T-mobile since they now have the iPhone but I think I’ll get AIO instead.

  • Matt

    Interesting. Their coverage map shows LTE in Chicago so I might just jump on the $55/month deal. Will wait for next iPhone though.

  • ap3604

    And now the final nail in T-mobile’s coffin is complete.

  • Dante Arellano

    I5 on straight talk $46 for month unlimited text data and calls data runs over 3G

  • Franck Kamayou

    Already nationwide!

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    Using prepaid phone cards is quite simple and straightforward. Prepaid phone cards are recognized worldwide as one of the most convenient ways to make long distance calls.