AT&T introduces new Aio Wireless pre-paid service with plans starting as low as $40 a month
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
1. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 78; 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.
2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3134; 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.
3. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 78; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm just waiting on smartphone data only plans.
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
20. downphoenix (Posts: 2596; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
that may be, but AT&T would have buried this service if the merger was successful.
12. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Can you say "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy?
14. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; 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.
19. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
Economics major here, Competition doesn't work when government is involved.
22. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; 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.
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.
4. Synack (Posts: 670; 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.
6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3134; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Read the article. This service does not include LTE. You get HSPA+ throttled down to 4Mbps.
8. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Tmobile is way better $10 cheaper and its 5gb of 4g.
13. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
g2a5b0e: Can you say "Fascist Propaganda"?
5. quyenqchau0813 (Posts: 95; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)
I'm amazed that they have Nokia Lumia 620 on their site.
That's pretty amazing
10. clevername (Posts: 1435; 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.
11. -box- (Posts: 3949; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Nokia announced the Lumia 620 will be on AIO as well
15. galanoth (Posts: 371; 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.
18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3134; 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.
16. TheMan (Posts: 433; 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.
17. mydi.maus (unregistered)
so slow only in some cities..
21. downphoenix (Posts: 2596; 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.