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AT&T introduces new Aio Wireless pre-paid service with plans starting as low as $40 a month

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AT&T introduces new Aio Wireless pre-paid service with plans starting as low as $40 a month
Last week, we told you that AT&T was on the verge of announcing a new pre-paid service called "All in One". Sure enough, on Thursday the nation's second largest carrier introduced Aio Wireless, with pre-paid service starting at $40. Currently undergoing testing in Houston, Orlando and Tampa, by next year the service will be available across the U.S.

AT&T introduces its new pre-paid wireless service

AT&T introduces its new pre-paid wireless service

For $40, the Aio basic plan is for featurephones and offers unlimited talk, text and data although the data speed is throttled after 250MB. The $55 plan is for smartphones only. It includes unlimited talk, text and data with data speed throttled after 2GB. For $70, the data cap rises to 7GB with the Aio Pro plan. You can also add 1GB of data for an additional one time charge of $10 each month. If you have a tablet, the Aio tablet plan provides you with 250MB of high-speed data. Speaking of speed, the Aio service runs over HSPA+ and does not support 4G LTE.

You can bring your own GSM phone over to the plan buy paying $10 for a SIM card, or purchase a phone from the MVNO. The highest price phone available from Aio Wireless is the Samsung Galaxy Express, a dual-core handset with a 4.5 inch screen and 1GB of RAM for $250.

source: AT&T, AioWireless via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 09 May 2013, 21:56 1

1. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


I still don't understand why you can't just buy 1GB of data for your smartphone. Some folks don't need voice.

posted on 09 May 2013, 21:57 5

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2175; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Do you guys think AT&T would have ever considered something like this had the merger with T-Mobile gone through? No f*cking way. So glad that didn't happen. T-Mobile's UNcarrier plan already has AT&T shook. This is exactly why competition is good for everyone.

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:05 1

3. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm just waiting on smartphone data only plans.

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:57

7. ray386407 (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Actually working for att this new prepaid service from att had been in the works way before tmobile announced there new plans

posted on 10 May 2013, 13:19

20. downphoenix (Posts: 2320; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


that may be, but AT&T would have buried this service if the merger was successful.

posted on 10 May 2013, 00:54

12. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


g2a5b0e:

Can you say "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy?

posted on 10 May 2013, 01:03

14. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Two more things:

A) don't you think Aio was launched in response to Verizon lowering it's prepaid smartphone plan from $80 a month to $70 and $60, respectively.

B) didn't you notice the similarity between Verizon's recent $35 a month plan for Basic phone with Aio's $40 plan.

posted on 10 May 2013, 12:39

19. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Economics major here, Competition doesn't work when government is involved.

posted on 10 May 2013, 15:26

22. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Is it Applied Economics or the plain, descriptive, and normative Economics?

You need to take a course on Industrial Organization to really understand gov't and impact on competition. As you know, the wireless industry is made up by for-profit "utility companies" much like power companies and banks.

posted on 10 May 2013, 17:20

23. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Actually, I just took business and government economics in my last semester. I like how you say that people have to take a course to understand government impact on competition when we know most people on here have never even heard of the course.

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:17

4. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Wow, what a big answer to T-Mobile's new plans. If this was in Atlanta, I would switch over since AT&T has LTE here and the service is better than T-Mobile's.

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:46 1

6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2175; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Read the article. This service does not include LTE. You get HSPA+ throttled down to 4Mbps.

http://www.tmonews.com/2013/05/t-mobile-shakes-up-the-industry-competitors-respond-to-the-uncarrier/

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:03

8. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Tmobile is way better $10 cheaper and its 5gb of 4g.

posted on 10 May 2013, 00:57

13. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


g2a5b0e: Can you say "Fascist Propaganda"?

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:42 1

5. quyenqchau0813 (Posts: 82; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


I'm amazed that they have Nokia Lumia 620 on their site.
That's pretty amazing

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:19

9. Rashh (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 May 2013)


lol @ the logo

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:59

10. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


man...thinking about taking my 920 and putting an aio sim in it...no lte is a bumer though. id have to wait till it came to cali anyway.

posted on 10 May 2013, 00:37

11. -box- (Posts: 3791; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Nokia announced the Lumia 620 will be on AIO as well

posted on 10 May 2013, 01:15

15. galanoth (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


TMobile is 50 dollars for unlimited talk, text, and 500 mb of high speed data.
AT&T is 5 dollars more but is throttled after 2gb instead of 500 mb.
AT&T seems like a good deal.

posted on 10 May 2013, 09:06

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2175; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


For $10 more, you can bump that up to 2.5GB on T-Mobile. LTE speeds if available in your city. This AT&T deal only inlcudes HSPA+ throttled down to 4Mbps.

posted on 10 May 2013, 01:48

16. TheMan (Posts: 402; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Huh? They're throttling feature phones?! 3G phones?!

You can tell AT&T's networks are choking when it's doing this.

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:49

17. mydi.maus (unregistered)


so slow only in some cities..

posted on 10 May 2013, 13:21

21. downphoenix (Posts: 2320; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Not bad AT&T. This will be a good alternative to their competitors as far as prepaid. Their prepaid services before this were way over priced.

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