AT&T Launches Aio Wireless, BYOD Pre-Paid Services

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AT&T has announced today the launch of a new pre-paid, BYOD subsidiary called Aio Wireless. The new wireless service will offer unlimited talk text and data options with no annual contract. The service is launching in select stores Houston, Orlando and Tampa, with the service coming to other U.S. markets across the U.S. over the next year.

The pre-paid plans, which closely resemble the recent T-Mobile Simple Choice plans. The plans offer unlimited talk, text and data, with data speeds being throttled after a certain amount of usage. The plans are as follows:

Aio Basic- $40.00 per month, only available for feature phones

  • Unlimited Data (includes high speed access for the first 250MB of data)
  • Unlimited Talk (includes voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, and 3-way calling)
  • Unlimited Messaging (includes short messages, pictures, and videos)
  • Maximum data download speeds reduced when usage exceeds high speed allotment
Aio Smart- $55.00 per month
  • Unlimited Data (includes high speed access for the first 2GB of data)
  • Unlimited Talk (includes voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, and 3-way calling)
  • Unlimited Messaging (includes short messages, pictures, and videos)
  • Maximum data download speeds reduced when usage exceeds high speed allotment
Aio Pro- $70.00 per month
  • Unlimited Data (includes high speed access for the first 7GB of data)
  • Unlimited Talk (includes voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, and 3-way calling)
  • Unlimited Messaging (includes short messages, pictures, and videos)
  • Maximum data download speeds reduced when usage exceeds high speed allotment
If you’re a customer who needs a new device, Aio has some affordable options, with a basic feature phone starting at $30, some affordable lower-end Android smartphones, the iPhone 4 and 4S, and the iPhone 5. Device pricing is about the same as other pre-paid wireless carriers, with the iPhone 5 costing $649.99 off contract. Customers can check to see if their device is supported by checking Aio Wireless’ website. While device support is currently unknown, we’re pretty sure AT&T compatible devices will be supported. LTE will not be supported, however, so if your device supports LTE, it will not be utilized on Aio’s network.
Check out Aio Wireless’ offerings here, and the official press release below.

Aio Wireless™ Announces New Nationwide Voice and Data Service

No-annual-contract wireless provider kicks off new service with launch in first three markets
Alpharetta, Georgia, May 09, 2013

Today Aio Wireless announced the launch of a new nationwide wireless service for consumers interested in a first-class wireless experience at a value price, without an annual contract. Aio provides new choices, seamless customer experience, and simplified service and offerings to value-conscious customers interested in an unlimited talk/text/data plan with no annual contract.

Aio expects the service to roll out in multiple markets across the U.S. over the next year, with an initial launch today in select stores in Houston, Orlando and Tampa, and with additional stores in these three markets opening in the coming weeks. Store locations and Aio information will be available starting later this morning atwww.aiowireless.com. Aio (pronounced “A-O”) is a brand name that encapsulates Aio’s brand promise: simply, delightfully, more.

“We talked with no-annual-contract customers and created our service around what they want. They want simple, easy plan choices with unlimited offers; first-class service at affordable prices; great devices; nationwide voice and data coverage; and no annual contracts. Today’s wireless customers don’t want to compromise,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of Aio Wireless. “We are set up to win over value-conscious customers who are increasingly moving towards smartphones and mobile broadband.”

Aio makes prepaid wireless easy for customers with a friendly in-store and on-line experience, three simple rate plans to choose from, and an attractive portfolio of devices that include smartphones, tablets, and feature phones from a variety of manufacturers, including Samsung, Nokia, ZTE and others. Aio’s

unlimited talk, text, and data rate plans range from $35 to $70 per month, with pricing varying by market, and will offer 4G download speeds of up to 4Mbs per second. Customers will also have the opportunity to bring a compatible, unlocked device for activation on the Aio network. Aio will delight customers with an attitude of gratitude, easy pre-payment options, and an involvement in the local communities in which we serve.

Aio Wireless is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. AT&T does not expect this announcement to change AT&T’s January 2013 financial guidance.

Aio’s plan pricing includes applicable state and local taxes, and fees. Each unlimited plan includes a pre-established amount of high speed data access, and service is subject to Aio’s Terms and Conditions of Service and Unreasonable Use Policy. Coverage and services are not available everywhere. Restrictions apply. © 2013 Aio Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Aio, Aio Wireless and the Aio logo are trademarks of Aio Wireless LLC.

About Aio Wireless

Aio Wireless (pronounced A-O) was created for today’s value-conscious connected consumers who want it all. We created a new class of service for individuals who expect a first class wireless service at a value price – one with no-annual contract, friendly service, uncomplicated plans and the mobile phones and tablets you love. All of Aio’s phone plans include unlimited talk, text and data, with taxes and fees included – the price you see is the price you pay. Aio Wireless is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Visit www.aiowireless.com to find out more.

[Via: AT&T , GigaOm]

  • mrnyjet

    i can get LTE on prepaid with cricket, boost, virgin mobile, metro pcs. why would i want to pay more for less with the deathstar? ( sarcasm intended)!

  • Blanca Perez

    They’ve raised the prices since the speculations of a few days ago. Stupid decision. AT the same price as their MVNOs. like Net10, you might have gotten people to switch. Now they have no reason to especial if the ridiculous federal and local taxes are piled on, when they are not for the other prepaids.

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