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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