Aio Wireless to launch across the US on September 15th
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.
1. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Wow, I may consider getting this service. Ordered my Nexus 4 last week and was planning on getting it on the GoPhone or AT&T's postpaid plan. Sucks that I would have to wait another week though.
6. Landmarkcm (Posts: 473; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
As of right now you get more for your money on GoPhone
2. Landmarkcm (Posts: 473; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
A big problem I am having with Aio & I feel like im on a mission now as I have made them aware of it by email and there Facebook & youtube etc. Is that they do not support sms short code messaging & I am talking about the FREE ones like I get alot of them like UPS tracking alerts, short codes for banking and all sorts of other promos etc where I live and things. I am currently using Tmobile unlocked phone with AT&T's own GoPhone and they allow short code messaging no problems as well does Tmobile prepaid Cricket does now too and metro even advertises it as a feature. I did get a reply back from Aio on one of my comments and they said the following-Hi Creighton!
We know this feature is very important to our customers. We don't have a
launch date quite yet, but our team is working to hard to make it
happen soon. It's impt as Aio does not list this anywhere I can find in there terms that they dont currently offer this. And a couple others have realized after the fact. And they are going to have upset people with the nationwide launch if they don't state this or add it. It's really the only thing holding me back from switching to them or recommending them.
3. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Republic wireless still easily beats this deal.
4. Gawain (Posts: 377; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Right...a wi-fi only carrier that uses Sprint as a stop-gap with a choice of one phone... there's price and then there's value. Oh, did you mention that Republic has no MMS? Oooh..and Android Gingerbread on board...and let us not forget that if you leave a wi-fi network while on a call, it drops with no hand off... but hey, you only pay $19 per month...enjoy your dial-up data speeds...
5. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)
A 16GB Nexus 4 and the 7GB looks pretty tempting. Almost tempting enough to make me drop my VZ unlimited...