AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary Aio Wireless made waves when it launched nationwide, offering unlimited (but capped) 4G data on AT&T’s network. For $55/month, users get up to 2GB of high speed data – including LTE – and for $70/month, users get 7GB. Talking and texting is also unlimited.
When it first launched nationwide, Aio offered new users who signed up a free month of service if they kept their service activated for at least three months. That’s pretty unheard of in the prepaid market, and now Aio is doing something else that practically no other prepaid providers do: it is providing new users with an Android handset for free.
Granted, the free phone is a ZTE Prelude, which only comes with 2MP back camera, a 1GHz processor, a 3.5-inch screen, and Android 4.1.1. It normally retails for $49.99, so in terms of money, this is actually a worse deal than Aio’s previous offer for a free month of service. But still, it’s extremely rare for prepaid providers to offer users anything for free: since customers aren’t locked into contracts, there’s a greater potential for abuse.
In any case, this might be the perfect time to get a loved one switched to Aio (I’m thinking of elderly parents, or anyone else who doesn’t really care about having the latest and greatest tech).[Aio Wireless]