Aio Wireless is now available nationwide online

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Prepaid carrier Aio Wireless has finally launched its service nationwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T, the four month old service was previously available only in select markets in Florida and Texas. Late last month, Aio had released a press release that the service would launch nationwide in mid-September, so the fact that it’s available right now is a little surprising.

The service offers three monthly plans, each with unlimited talk and text:

  • $40 for 250MB of high speed data
  • $55 for 2GB of high speed data
  • $70 for 7GB of high speed data

Speeds are capped at 8Mbps on LTE and 4Mbps on HSPA+. Once your high speed data allotment is used up, speeds will then be throttled down to 256kbps. A monthly tablet plan is also offered for $15 for 250MB of high speed data. Prices also include all monthly taxes and fees – what you see is what you pay.

Personally, I recently dropped my Sprint service for T-Mobile, and overall I’ve been happy with T-Mobile’s speeds and coverage in my area. At the same time, I have come across a few dead zones in places where I know AT&T (and by extension Aio) definitely has service. I’m also not thrilled with T-Mobile’s GPRS-only coverage once I leave the city, so I really am seriously considering yet another switch to Aio – at least for a few months to try the service out.

I have a feeling I won’t be thrilled with Aio’s 4Mbps speed cap on HSPA+, but this is still more than fast enough to do everything I normally do on my phone. It also blows Sprint’s measly 3G speeds out of the water. Plus, Aio is offering the third month of service for free if you sign up before September 29.

I’m happy to see competition in the no-contract cell phone market heating up, whether that’s T-Mobile’s no-contract postpaid plans, or Aio’s no-contract prepaid plans. Now that Aio is available everywhere, are you considering a switch?

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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3 thoughts on “Aio Wireless is now available nationwide online

  • Avatar of Aaron Orquia
    September 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    This is certainly interesting and I like to see newish wireless competition, but the prices for data still seem a little high.

    • Avatar of John Freml
      September 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

      I think it’s really reasonable. Go Phone is $60 for 2GB of data with a hard cap, vs. the softcap of Aio for $5 less. T-Mobile charges $70 for its completely unlimited plan, while Aio charges the same for 7GB – which, for most people, is the same as unlimited. You also have to consider that ALL taxes and fees are wrapped into the Aio price, whereas you’ll pay $5-10 more with other carriers, usually.

      I think it’s a really reasonable price, especially when you consider AT&T’s coverage in rural areas.

  • Avatar of Agasicles
    September 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Reasonable. But reasonable is arguably not the same as competitive. I feel like small MVNO’s cannot just undercut, they have to have a convincing (slam dunk) argument for someone to shift away from a primary carrier. AT&T’s PayGo phone plan, which provides access to their LTE network, is only +$5 more than the Aio plan for the same 2GB allotment. And while throttled data still gets you data access over the 2GB primary allotment, on the PayGo plan you can buy an extra 1GB, I think for $10, unthrottled. If I were approaching the cap, I would just add the $10, personally, rather than deal with a 256 kbps speed, which is essentially useless for anything other than plain-text emails. The Aio structure is reasonable, but not compelling. On this topic, I agree with Aaron.


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