AT&T introduces new Aio Wireless pre-paid service with plans starting as low as $40 a month

AT&T introduces new Aio Wireless pre-paid service with plans starting as low as $40 a month
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.

AT&T introduces its new pre-paid wireless service

AT&T introduces its new pre-paid wireless service

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.

source: AT&T, AioWireless via AndroidAuthority

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23 Comments

1. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 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 unregistered

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: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm just waiting on smartphone data only plans.

7. ray386407

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 02, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

that may be, but AT&T would have buried this service if the merger was successful.

12. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

g2a5b0e: Can you say "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy?

14. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: Jan 29, 2011

Economics major here, Competition doesn't work when government is involved.

22. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: Jan 29, 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: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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 unregistered

Read the article. This service does not include LTE. You get HSPA+ throttled down to 4Mbps. http://www.tmonews.com/2013/05/t-mobile-shakes-up-the-industry-competitors-respond-to-the-uncarrier/

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Tmobile is way better $10 cheaper and its 5gb of 4g.

13. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

g2a5b0e: Can you say "Fascist Propaganda"?

5. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

I'm amazed that they have Nokia Lumia 620 on their site. That's pretty amazing

9. Rashh

Posts: 2; Member since: May 09, 2013

lol @ the logo

10. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Nokia announced the Lumia 620 will be on AIO as well

15. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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 unregistered

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: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

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