Shortly after adding LTE and HSPA+ support to its GoPhone prepaid brand, AT&T has rolled out LTE support for its newest prepaid brand, Aio Wireless. Aio will be sending a OTA update to the SIMs of its customers that will enable customers with devices that support LTE to access the service.
“We’re delighted to share the news of our 4G LTE service and our new LTE-capable device, as well as the addition of our two new Aio markets, bringing even faster data speeds and more choices to our growing family of Aio customers who are looking for a first-class wireless experience without an annual contract.” – Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of Aio Wireless.
Aio is also adding the ZTE Overture to its lineup, a mid-range Android device that supports LTE. The ZTE Overture runs on Android Jelly Bean, and features a 4-inch LCD display, a rear facing 5MP camera and expandable memory of up to 32GB via a microSD card. The device will be available in Aio stores and online within the next month. Pricing for the device has still not been announced.
Aio wireless currently operates in a handful of markets, and plans on expanding across the U.S. in the next year. Aio has expanded their coverage today to include Naples and Ft. Myers, FL.
Press release follows below.
No-annual contract wireless provider launches 4G LTE in Aio markets, adds new LTE-capable device to portfolio, and expands to Ft. Myers and Naples, FL
ALPHARETTA, Ga., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Aio Wireless (NYSE:T) announced today the launch of 4G LTE service covering more than 200 million people, further enriching the first-class wireless experience it provides to wireless users who don’t want to commit to an annual contract. Aio has made the transition to 4G LTE easy for its customers by sending a free over-the-air software push that has automatically upgraded their SIM cards so they can enjoy 4G LTE speeds when using an LTE-enabled device in Aio’s LTE footprint.
Aio also announced today the expansion of its LTE-capable device offerings with the addition of the ZTE Overture™, which will be available in Aio stores and online at www.aiowireless.com in the next month. The ZTE Overture™ features the Jelly Bean operating system, a full-touch 4″ LCD display, rear facing 5 MP camera for photos and front facing camera for video chat. The device supports enhanced, PC-like web browsing, fast LTE speeds, email, navigation and expandable memory option up to 32 GB.
Aio has also added Naples and Ft. Myers to the growing number of markets it serves. Aio began operations last month in Houston, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla., and plans to expand to additional markets across the United States over the next year.
Aio makes wireless simple for customers by offering three simple rate plans, ranging from $35 to $70 per month, including all taxes and fees. All three plans include unlimited talk/text/data with a pre-established amount of 4G LTE data access. Aio also offers an attractive device portfolio that includes smartphones and a tablet, as well as the opportunity for customers to bring a compatible, unlocked device, for activation with Aio service.
With the launch of 4G LTE service, Aio’s customers with compatible LTE-enabled devices are now able to stream video, play video games, download apps, and more at even faster download speeds. Aio customers have access to a 4G LTE network that now covers more than 200 million people in 278 markets, and is expected to reach 300 million people by year-end 2014. When Aio customers go outside the 4G LTE footprint, they will continue to have access to fast 4G speeds. To view Aio coverage, please see our coverage viewer on our website (www.aiowireless.com).
“We’re expanding rapidly and are encouraged by the response we’ve been receiving from consumers in our launched markets, as well as from others throughout the U.S. who are eager for Aio to arrive in their area,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of Aio Wireless. “We’re delighted to share the news of our 4G LTE service and our new LTE-capable device, as well as the addition of our two new Aio markets, bringing even faster data speeds and more choices to our growing family of Aio customers who are looking for a first-class wireless experience without an annual contract.”
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 wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T. Visit www.aiowireless.com to find out more.
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.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise
[Via: Fierce Wireless]