Three new smartphone models join the Aio lineup
The Motorola Moto G is a value priced handset that runs Android 4.4, offers a 4.5 inch screen with 720 x 1280 resolution, and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with a 5MP camera around back. Ironically, the phone was designed to compete in the entry-level niche where the Nokia Lumia 520 has been cleaning up.
The Windows Phone powered Nokia Lumia 520 offers a 4 inch screen with 480 x 800 resolution, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with a 5MP rear-facing snapper. The ZTE Sonata 4G is an Android model with specs similar to the Lumia 520, except that it includes a faster dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon S4 and has twice the RAM at 1GB.
Aio offers three plans. The basic plan is $40 a month with unlimited talk, text and data (500MB of high speed data). The smart plan is $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and data (2.5GB of the high speed stuff). For $60 a month, Aio gives you unlimited talk, text and data (5GB high speed). If you agree to an Auto Pay program, you can get a discount from the carrier.
The ZTE Sonata 4G is now available from Aio
source: Aio via Phonescoop
1. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)
I wonder why carriers will have ZTE in their lineup and not Sony?
2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Maybe Sony doesn't want their products on prepaid networks?
Also, Moto G with HSPA+ for just 150 dollars? Yes Please.
4. Jason78 (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
The AT&T Lumia is $59.99 from Microsoft and Amazon with free shipping. Why would anyone pay $100 for one from the Aio website?
5. downphoenix (Posts: 2424; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
because they will try as they might to get $100 instead of $60 for it. And I thought AT&T was decommissioning Aio and was going to roll their prepaid services into Cricket?
7. corporateJP (Posts: 1877; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
The AT&T 520 works just fine on AIO, no magic, just pop the SIM and go.
On a side note, the Cricket deal isn't yet fully complete, so it's business as usual at AIO.
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8925; Member since: 14 May 2012)
$50 for 2.5GB of data isn't bad at all. Goes head to head with T-Mobile's pricing.
9. corporateJP (Posts: 1877; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
More reliable network plus unlimited data with a minor throttle?
Where I'm at, T-Mobile is still 2G/EDGE...sad.
10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8925; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Where I'm at, 4G LTE is blanketed all across the city, even across suburbs 30-50 miles from Chicago. :)
12. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
I agree completely. In WA state T-Mobile is good...until you get into the hills. Which is half of the state. I get HSPA the entire time going over the Cascades with AT&T. Same would be so for AIO.
Cell coverage is much less simple, and much more expensive when you don't live on a flat plain.
8. corporateJP (Posts: 1877; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
The new plans interest me more than the "new" phones.
11. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Best entry level devices on the best network on the cheap. AT&T can afford to compete for a change.
13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3788; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
When is the Moto G with LTE going to be available?