May 09 AT 12:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

AT&T’s no-contract brand Aio reveals their plans and pricing

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Last week we heard that AT&T was preparing to launch a new prepaid brand, and this week Aio Wireless is now live. The no-contract wireless service is now active in Houston, Tampa, and Orlando, but it should see a nationwide rollout on June 15th. GoPhone is AT&T’s current prepaid brand, but the prices and data caps are not competitive with other no-contract offerings, and it’s refreshing to see them try something new.

The basic plan from Aio Wireless starts at $40 per month and offers unlimited talk, text, and web. Users get 250 MB of “high speed data” and then they are throttled to 2G speeds when they exceed that. For $55 per month the high speed data cap is raised to 2GB, and for $70 per month the limit is increased to 7GB. Additional data can be added to any plan at a rate of $10 per GB.

We had to dig through the fine print, but it appears that “high speed data” is limited to a maximum of 4 Mbps. That is slower than AT&T’s HSPA+ network which has a theoretical max of 21 Mbps, and their LTE network which can go much faster.

Compared to other no-contract plans, T-Mobile offers more bang for the buck, but it’s still nice to see AT&T expanding their options for prepaid wireless. These Aio Wireless plans are a big improvement over GoPhone, that offered 1GB of data for $65 per month, and there is always the chance that AT&T could boost the download speeds at a later date.

Check out the full plans below and head over to the official Aio Wireless site for additional details.

Aio Tablet – $15 / month

  • Includes 250MB of high-speed data
  • Voice and messaging features are not included
  • Available only with tablets

Aio Basic – $40 / month

  • 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
  • Your plan price includes applicable state and local taxes, and fees
  • Included plan features for domestic use only
  • Available only with basic/feature phones

Aio Smart – $55 / 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
  • Your plan price includes applicable state and local taxes, and fees
  • Included plan features for domestic use only
  • Available only with smartphones

Aio Pro – $70 / 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
  • Your plan price includes applicable state and local taxes, and fees
  • Included plan features for domestic use only
  • Available only with smartphones

Aio Gig - $10 / month

  • Additional 1 GB of high-speed data for your current monthly plan.
  • Used when the high-speed access included in the base rate plan is consumed.
  • Any remaining high-speed data expires at the end of the monthly cycle.

Aio International - $10 / month

  • Unlimited calling to landline phone numbers in~35 countries
  • Unlimited text/picture/video messaging ~35 countries
  • International service expires at the end of your current monthly cycle.

Source: Aio Wireless

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  • redraider133

    Not really the best plan but if you need att at least they give you a solid amount of data cap before throttling you unlike ST with their iffy policies and unsure numbers.

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  • Eben1277

    If the ‘high speed’ wasn’t so NOT high speed this plan would be great for anyone living in areas where T Mobile has limited coverage. AT&T has great coverage in my area, but I wouldn’t switch unless it was for the full HSDPA 21 coverage. I’d rather save a few bucks and use WiFi at home where I have 2g coverage, and the T Mobile 3g in the more densely populated areas I tend to frequent, rather than pay more for coverage that’s barely better than 2g. Its a nice start though, and hopefully they decide to offer a better service in the future.

  • troysyx

    wow, thats a really pathetic attempt at a lower cost pre-paid service. it MIGHT be ‘ok’ if they didn’t slow it to 4Mbps download. but thats a big MIGHT.

  • slimx30

    lol 4Mbps..att sucks so bad

  • Robert

    I did not see a “Pay as you Go” rate like the GoPhones 10 cents a minute plan.

    Is AT&T going to end the GoPhone program/package?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I have not seen anything that says GoPhone is going away, but I do know the number of GoPhone customers has been in decline for some time.

  • aryin

    quite tricky, the so-called “high speed” is actually only 4mb… nice try at&t

  • Jimmy_Jo

    This seems like a weak low ball “see we’re paying attention to what our customers want” kind of deal. AT&T is too expensive. 4MBps is the reason why I’m leaving Sprint for T-Mobile as soon as the new Nexus 4 is released. I need 32GB of storage.

    If this a HSPA+/Non-LTE plan for this price it would be OK. American businesses are so money-hungry that they price out certain customers.

    • me

      Don’t get your hopes up for a refreshed Nexus 4 at I/O.

  • Victor

    AIO = AT&T Imitating Others. FAIL.

  • jamal adam

    Last I checked, 4Mbps wasn’t considered high speed. I would have expected at least some HSPA+. Nice try AT&T but this is a fail.

  • Kevin

    These plans don’t seem remotely competitive price wise with most prepaid carriers. Unless you’re stuck in a part of the country where it is AT&T or bust, I don’t see them being a good option.

    If you’re covered well by T-mobile, they’re (or one of their MVNOs) are really tough to beat. I use Solavei’s $49 for unlimited talk/text + 4GB plan and it works great for me (PS, if you want a free sim card for them you can get them @ http://www.simgive.com). Straight Talk serves people well for just $45 a month (provided you avoid their moving data throttling cap… usually around 2GB a month but it varies at random). Tmobile’s uncarrier plans are evne better than these, especially when you factor in LTE, HSPA+42, the ability to roam, etc. Bottom line, for every plan offered via Aio, there is another provider offering something similar for much less. Hopefully they adjust their pricing after this trial run, because it is too high.

    Also, this trend of unlimited plans doesn’t actually impact most users. A lot of people I know are light to medium users and unlimited plans end up causing them to spend much more than they really need to. For them, companies like Ting (if Sprint has solid coverage by you) can always save them boatloads more than anyone else.

  • drejohnson

    This is the best that AT&T can do? 4mbps is a joke!

  • Guest

    All you people complaining. Lets see 4mbps is faster than Verizon 3G which will max out at about 3mbps. You’d be paying less than you would on any carrier other than t-mobile. T-Mobile has 2g edge outside of cities. At&ts hspa coverage alone is larger than T-Mobiles entire network. Every time you roam with t-mobile your data is throttled and limited. So tell me how this isn’t a good deal? Better coverage more access to better speeds sounds good to me.

    • Derek

      you’re right. VZW 3G is theoretical max at 3mbps, but in reality the most you ever get is about 500-600 kbps on their 3G. Heck even on their overloaded LTE the most I ever get anymore is 2.5mbps. When I first got on VZW LTE I was getting 28mbps up/14mbps down. Now its like 2.5 mbps down/1mbps up. Completely overloaded and not enough backhaul.

      • Derek

        Oops, 28mbps down/14 mbps up. Sorry.

    • droidster

      First of all at&t HSPA service is not bigger than T-Mobile. at&t only goes up to 21.1 Mbps. T-Mobile goes up to HSPA++ or 42.2 Mbps. + LTE coverage on all their pre-paid monthly 4G services. Also, T-Mobile has part of the 1900 Mhz of at&t failed attempt to buy them out. That means that T-Mobile has not only 1700 AWS which is way faster than at&t it has 1900 Mhz re-farmed.

  • rrrbc

    Compare the Aio coverage map to GoPhone’s. Look at MI and WI, for example. Big coverage chunks are missing. Yes, I can see the 2G areas that remain just some areas.
    Also, would you prefer 910 kbps vs 4 mbs? That is what GoSmartMobile “3G” high speed is throttled to provide.

  • Nathan D.

    Uummm, no.

  • James W.

    Well that’s disappointing. I was looking forward to this.

  • donger

    Plans are not so great.

  • Derek

    What a ripoff. 250MB as unlimited?? For the same money as others are giving you 2GB.