Three new smartphone models join the Aio lineup

Three new smartphone models join the Aio lineup
Aio Wireless, the prepaid carrier owned by AT&T, has added three new smartphones to its lineup. The Motorola Moto G can be purchased for $149.99, the Nokia Lumia 520 is priced at $99.99, and the ZTE Sonata 4G can be bought for $79.99. The latter handset is available today while the other two can be purchased starting February 14th.

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.


source: Aio via Phonescoop

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13 Comments

1. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

I wonder why carriers will have ZTE in their lineup and not Sony?

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Maybe Sony doesn't want their products on prepaid networks? Also, Moto G with HSPA+ for just 150 dollars? Yes Please.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

not a bad deal

4. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

The AT&T 520 works just fine on AIO, no magic, just pop the SIM and go. Shhhhhh.... ;) On a side note, the Cricket deal isn't yet fully complete, so it's business as usual at AIO.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$50 for 2.5GB of data isn't bad at all. Goes head to head with T-Mobile's pricing.

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

More reliable network plus unlimited data with a minor throttle? You bet. Where I'm at, T-Mobile is still 2G/EDGE...sad.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Where I'm at, 4G LTE is blanketed all across the city, even across suburbs 30-50 miles from Chicago. :)

12. bigstrudel

Posts: 595; Member since: Aug 20, 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

The new plans interest me more than the "new" phones.

11. bigstrudel

Posts: 595; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Best entry level devices on the best network on the cheap. AT&T can afford to compete for a change.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

When is the Moto G with LTE going to be available?

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