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.
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.