AT&T’s no-contract branded, pre-paid wireless service, Aio Wireless (pronounced A-O) was launched earlier this summer in Houston, Texas and Orlando, Florida. Aio allows you to bring your own compatible phone or buy a number of 4G/LTE enabled smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 at retail pricing and couple it with aggressively priced rate plans.
Smartphone plans start at $55 per month with unlimited (albeit throttled) LTE data. The $55 gets you unlimited talk and text with 2GB of data (limited to 8Mbps). $70 per month bumps the data allotment to 7GB. Now, through September 29th, new subscribers to Aio Wireless will get their third month free after their initial two consecutive months of service.
That is pretty good pricing, and differentiates itself from AT&T’s GoPhone with less expensive pricing, but with slightly different feature sets (like international texting for GoPhone). The pricing is quite a bit better than AT&T’s traditional rate plans too. Of course the part that is more difficult for some folks to swallow is buying the handset at full retail up-front.
That said, Aio’s handset line-up (assuming you do not bring your own) is decent without being overwhelming. The iPhone 4, 4S and 5 is available from $199 to $649. The Nokia Lumia 620 can be had for just $99 and the venerable Samsung Galaxy S4 is $579. There are a couple other Samsung and ZTE devices as well as a couple basic feature phones available too. Even if Aio Wireless has not set up any kiosks or displays in your neck of the woods, you can buy direct from the company web-site.