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AT&T to drop Aio name after merger with Leap Wireless closes

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AT&T to drop Aio name after merger with Leap Wireless closes
Back in July, AT&T announced that it would buy Leap Wireless and its Cricket subsidiary. If the deal closes, AT&T says that it will merge the operations of Cricket with its own recently launched pre-paid service, Aio. The combination would operate under the Cricket name. Aio had a limited launch in May followed by the nationwide rollout of the brand in September. 230 stores have opened in Texas, Florida and Georgia owned by independent dealers. With pricing ranging from $40 to $70 a month, AT&T had planned on covering 220 million POPs with Aio by 2016.

But those plans had to be changed when the nation's second largest carrier proposed the purchase of Cricket parent Leap Wireless in July for $1.2 billion. Leap shareholders will vote on the deal on October 24th. AT&T says that it hopes to close the transaction sometime this year. A look at the carrier's August 1st "public interest" filing with the FCC indicated that Aio still faced plenty of challenges ahead which is probably why the Cricket brand will be the one left standing after the deal closes.

"Aio still faces significant challenges to establish nationwide retail distribution, build brand recognition, and develop a significant customer base"-AT&T filing with the FCC

source: FierceWireless

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posted on 19 Oct 2013, 14:27 4

1. evetsnnif (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

I'm in Maryland and switching to Aio from T-Mobile was night and day, I can actually use my nexus 4 in buildings now.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 15:17 1

2. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

welll your lucky aio aka att works were u live i was thinking of getting aio since i had att but over here in los angeles att is horrible funny thing is tmobile gets better signal in buildings than att supposevly att uses 850 mhz for better signal i guess in la they dnt use it? Had multiple phones including s4 horrible signal in buildings friends on tmobile get better signal than att and alot less dropped calls and faster data and better call quality att call quality was pretty bad lots of static compared to tmobile HD voice.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 15:28 1

3. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Yeah in LA Sprint and Verizon run the show, although AT&T coverage is pretty good and definitely better than T-Mobile so I think you are one of the lucky few that gets decent service on TMO.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 18:39

5. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

yuppppp LA baby FTW

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 11:55

6. gentleman559 (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)

I think you are misinformed. AT&T sucks. I had tons of dropped call, no signal in buildings, overpriced bills and horrible customer service. And Sprint running the show? Sprint is HORRIBLE and runs nothing expect super slow 3G speeds and don't even get me started on their so called LTE. T-Mobile is much better than AT&T in so many aspects. They have great service in LA. Now I live in Las Vegas and its the same thing. Now if you go out in the boonies yes T-Mobile has slow data speeds but I can always make a call or text if needs be. You get what you pay for.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 15:29

4. nnjerzy (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

I totally agree tmob all the way!!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:51

7. yooperboogs (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

Whats this T-Mobile thing you guys speak of? I only hear of this in legends.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 13:37

8. robthomps82 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

What does this mean for Cricket customers? I currently have a Galaxy SIII with Cricket. Will I be able to insert an AT&T sim card in it and successfully use it on their network after all the merging and switching has taken place? It does take a sim card, although most Cricket phones don't. I'm assuming this is for the 4G LTE, but still I'm sure it's the same thing as a sim card for AT&T just designed for Cricket's network only.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 21:08

9. kanaka (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)

Live in Jacksonville, Florida constant dropping calls, last week lost service for 8 hours no right loss of service 4 hours little better than the 8 hour but still no refunds or why or an apologize, go to the local store they say hey i have the same service, if att is moving aio to another subsidiary let your customer now this is the worst service i have ever had moving back to Tmobile

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