Aio Wireless introduces a Framily-esque group plan

Aio Wireless introduces a Framily-esque group plan
Sprint's Framily plan has garnered attention, not only because of the weird name and even stranger marketing. Depending on how many people you get to sign up in your plan, you could end up scoring unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for as low as $25 a month. Toss in another twenty, and Sprint will give you unlimited data and allow you to trade your phone in for something new once a year.

Now, AT&T's prepaid house, Aio Wireless, is offering Group Save which allows subscribers to save as much as $90 per account. Similar to Framily, the more people who sign up with you on this plan, the more money you will save. First, you need to know that Aio has three distinct plans, each with unlimited talk and unlimited text. The $40 plan includes 500MB of  high-speed data, the $50 plan gives you 2.5GB of high-speed data and the $60 plan gives you 5GB of high-speed data. Get another person to sign up to any of the plans using your account, and you take $10 off the cost of the two plans. If your account is made up of three people, the discount is $30. With four and five people adding lines to your account, you save $60 and $90 a month respectively.

Some examples. A customer with a $40 and $50 a month plan will get a $10 discount on the more expensive line and will pay $80 a month. A customer with four $40 plans will save $60 and pay $100 a month. If five customers sign up for the $50 plan, they pay $160 a month for a $90 savings. Keep in mind that the discounts for the Aio plan are off the entire bill, instead of the per line savings with Sprint's Framily plan.

Once AT&T closes on its purchase of Leap Wireless, Aio will become Cricket Wireless, which is the name of the prepaid wireless operator owned by Leap.

source: Aio via CNET



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So, 5 people each with 2.5GB plans would be: 5×$50=$250, $250-$90=$160, $160÷5=$32. $32/month for 2.5GB on a usable network? That's way better than Sprint and their garbage 200 Kbps network. Although this price isn't much different than we already get on our postpaid AT&T plan. 10 GB shared family plan for 4 lines $160. $160/4=$40/month. $40 is definitely more than $32 especially once you factor in taxes.

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---"That's way better than Sprint and their garbage 200 Kbps network."--- I have accused you of coming into this site for you using every chance possible to belittle Sprint's network and that your posts are based soley on hate. That you may have have created a crusade of illusions. You have done it so much that I decided to conduct a test to see how accurate your analysis may be. Here is the results of four consecutive speed tests: Download Upload 13.11M 3.21M 10.14M 2.47M 11.43M. 2.88M 12.72M 3.04M The above was rendered with a 4G transmission at 2 bars of signal strength from a network still in its rebuild process. The conclusive evidence here shows that either something was wrong with your phone at the time of your experience, OR, that you have a cognitive disorder in comprehending what the truth is. I certainly hope it was a phone issue. John B.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well for one thing, aio is capped at 8mb for LTE. What you of course are ignoring, is that aio/att pretty much at 3G will get around 4mbps even in the middle of nowhere, while on Sprint's 3G network will get as he said, around 300kbps. And sprint's LTE coverage is barely worth talking about.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....when he said 200k...I was thinking 3G. Its no contest for GSM 3G vs CDMA 3G...

8. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Sprint doesn't work worth a sh*t where I live, nor does T-Mobile. Only Verizon and AT&T have a horse in the race here. Your point is moot, Sprint works great where they have coverage, same with T-Mobile. Until Sprint or T-Mobile wise-up and learn that people live outside of Metropolis, I'll keep enjoying coverage and lower prices on Aio/Leap/AT&T. Verizon is a worst-case-scenario, but they have service anyhow.

12. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Where do you live? Sprint has a much larger coverage area than TMO, similar to AT&T but less than Verizon. However, I do agree with you that AT&T and Verizon are ahead of Sprint in LTE deployment. Sprint is still working on their network rebuild which has taken a lot longer that the other carriers just adding LTE.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

For 4G...I could get around those numbers with 1 -2 bars on Verizon....mostly averaging 9 - 10M down ...cant remember the upload. And LTE/4G bars also arent always the same measurement as 3G bars on different devices. An Android OS update changed the way they were read a year or 2 ago. Just looking at the decibel readings of 3G vs 4G/ LTE....LTE/4G will look like a worse signal at times. I think its a 20 decibel difference... And hardware does make a difference. From cellular hardware to old vs new tech. At the time I had a Moto RAZR on Verizon....the HTC and Samsung phones had higher speed readings....biggest difference was newer LTE and wifi tech. Only place my Moto shined was in weak reception areas... Most phones will perform well in decent reception areas...I always judge a phone, network based on weak reception areas. Like if I get 1 bar of talk service....I will test the data there. I used to spend time near a phone tower...I dont want the phone and network thats the best near a tower....I want a phone and network that the best the farthest away.

5. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Same old BS from Doakie. Think what you want but don't spread misinformation. I have Sprint and Verizon and they both work very well. In fact, ususally speeds are very close between both networks. 5-10mbps on the low end and 20-30mbps on the high end.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yea, it is a great deal, especially considering you cut the cost an extra $5 a line by doing Auto Pay. I am switching to Aio later this year. Sprint has been okay where I live but AT&T is king around here, might as well join the winning team in this area.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Wish AIO had a plan similar to T-Mobile's $30/month 100 minutes, unlimited txt, 5GB plan. Two of these would be $50 ($60 - $10) / month. Which is much more reasonable for 10GB of data, unlimited text, and two phones than other plan I am aware of.

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Indeed, I could use AT&T's superior coverage for as much as pay in this plan. Then again, T-mobile promised free worldwide texting in this plan also, which is important to me.

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6. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'll stick with my $40 a month for unlimited everything with Sprint ($25 + $20 - $5 for 25% employee discount. Then buy my phones from Google and sell last years phone. No contact, installment agreements, or upgrade fees!

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